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The IOC has established a quota of "E" (press) accreditations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020  which will be distributed by National Olympic Committees (NOC) to press organisations in their country. The total quota has been set at 6,000.  Press accreditation for the Olympic Games is allocated only to media professionals.

Written and photographic press wishing to apply for accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games should contact the National Olympic Committee in the country in which their organisation is based.  Click here for the contact details of your NOC. The accreditation process for non-rights holding radio/television organisations will be managed directly by the IOC. Further details on this process can be found here

The allocation of press accreditations within a country is the responsibility of the National Olympic Committees.  It is not the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee or the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The press accreditation process for Tokyo 2020 will officially start in June 2018 when the IOC will officially notify all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their press accreditation quota allocations.


June 2018

IOC notifies all NOCs of their press accreditation allocation for Tokyo 2020

July 2018 – October 2018

Media wishing to apply for press accreditation for Tokyo 2020 should contact their relevant NOC

4 -7 September 2018

First World Press Briefing Tokyo 2020

26 November 2018

Tokyo 2020 distributes the Press by Number Accreditation forms and related press publications to NOCs via their Extranet

29 March 2019

Deadline for NOCs to return the completed Press by Number forms to Tokyo 2020 and inform the press organisations within their territory of their accreditation allocations

21 October 2019

Tokyo 2020 distributes the Press by Name materials to NOCs that have returned their Press by Number forms

5 November 2019

Online system for Press by Name applications opens for NOCs and directly accredited organisations

7 February 2020

Deadline for NOCs and directly accredited organisations to return the Press by Name forms to Tokyo 2020, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit

April 2020

Tokyo 2020 Accreditation Department distributes the pre-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to National Olympic Committees to send to their press organizations. 

24 June 2020

The pre-valid OIAC will act as a visa into Japan

24 July to 9 August 2020

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020


Please see below the description for each press accreditation category:

Accreditation category



JOURNALIST: Journalist, editor, photographic editor, employed or contracted by an international or national news agency, a general daily newspaper, a sports newspaper, magazine or internet site, a digital journalist, or independent or freelance journalist under contract.


SPORT SPECIFIC JOURNALIST:  Journalist specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"


PHOTOGRAPHER: Photographer meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"


SPORT SPECIFIC PHOTOGRAPHER:  Photographer specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined in category "E"


TECHNICIAN:  Technician, meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"


SUPPORT STAFF: Support staff (office assistant, interpreter, etc).  Access to Main Press Centre (MPC) only.  Assigned only to press groups or organisations that have reserved a private office space in the MPC


Non-rights holding broadcasting organisation: Member of a non-rights holding radio and/or television organisation.

Applications for ENR accreditation for non-rights holding television and radio broadcasting organisations to cover the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be available on the IOC website between 24 January and 15 March 2019.

ENR organisations have the full responsibility to apply to the IOC for accreditation within the required period.  Applications will close on 15 March 2019 and late applications will not be considered.  The IOC will notify all applicants (successful and unsuccessful) towards the end of April 2019.  

Before receiving an ENR accreditation, non-rights holding broadcasting organisations must indicate their acceptance of the Television and Radio News Access Rules for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 by signing an undertaking in advance.  Without the signed undertaking, accreditation will not be granted.

Successful applicants for ENR accreditation will be sent the Press by Name materials, Media Guide, Accommodation Guide, Rate Card and Freight and Shipping Guide by Tokyo 2020 in October 2019 via the Extranet and the key timelines above will apply.

The IOC directly manages the ENR accreditation process and any further questions can be directed to

I am a Japanese journalist/photographer. How do I apply for accreditation?

Accreditation for media organisations based in Japan is allocated by the Japanese Olympic Committee and your organisation should contact them at ( not the Tokyo Organising Committee.

For all journalists working abroad for example in a bureau, but your organisation is based in another country, then accreditation must be requested by your head office from the NOC of the country in which the organisation is based

Do I need to apply for a visa if I am accredited for the Olympic Games in Tokyo?

If you are granted a media accreditation, and adhere to the timelines, you will receive an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) before the Games.  This will serve as your visa into Japan.

How can I find accommodation in Tokyo?

If your press accreditation is confirmed, the Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will send you a media accommodation guide detailing the accommodation options that are available for accredited media only.  Deadlines apply for reserving accommodation.

Do you provide accreditation for social media or Internet organisations?

Internet and social media are included in the NOC quotas and the same professional standards apply for all applicants.  Internet and new media organisations interested in accreditation for Tokyo 2020 should contact their National Olympic Committee.

What are News Access Rules?

News Access Rules apply to television and radio broadcasting by non-rights holding broadcast organisations (ENRs). Accredited ENRs can access all competition venues and the Main Press Centre, but under specific conditions as outlined in the News Access Rules.

News Access Rules are designed to protect the exclusivity of broadcasters who have paid for rights, while permitting fair access for ENRs to broadcast news highlights for news purposes. The News Access Rules clearly outline the rules that apply to coverage by ENR organisations, as well as venue access rules and restrictions within the Host City.

If your organisation is granted ENR accreditation, it is obliged to sign an Undertaking on behalf of the organisation and all persons accredited by the organisation to abide by the News Access Rules.

If I am granted a non-rights holding ENR accreditation, am I allowed to film in Olympic Venues?

Non-rights holders are not allowed to take professional video equipment into Olympic Venues or from filming, recording or broadcasting from within Olympic Venues as outlined in the News Access Rules.  Accredited non-rights holders are permitted to take and use professional video equipment into the Main Press Centre (MPC) and may broadcast, via the Internet, all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without territorial restrictions, provided there is a delay of thirty minutes from the conclusion of the press conference.

What are High Demand Events?

When media numbers exceed the seating capacity of the venue media facilities, typically the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the finals sessions of swimming and other specific events or competition sessions, these 'High Demand Events' will be ticketed for the written and photographic press.  The allocation and distribution of tickets to the press for High Demand Events is implemented by IOC Media Operations and is administered through the IOC Media Operations Ticketing Office located at the Main Press Centre.  The IOC distributes the high demand event tickets to nominated delegates from the National Olympic Committees who are responsible for the allocation of tickets.  The specific events that will be ticketed will be announced closer to the Games.

As a non-rights holder, will I have access to all events?

ENR holders do not qualify for tickets for high demand events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Are accreditations transferable?

Accreditations are not transferable and can only be issued to one person to cover the Games. 

How do I find out more about the facilities and services available to the press at the Tokyo Olympic Games?

Further information is available on Tokyo's extranet
 Please contact Tokyo Press Operations at for further information

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