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Re-entry of Foreign Nationals with Status of Residence in Japan

  • March 11, 2021
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March 11, 2021

Japanese Government Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following outlines the Japanese Government’s actions regarding foreign nationals in response to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. Limitations of Permission of Entry to Japan
  2. Strengthened Quarantine Measures
  3. Suspension of Previously Issued Visa Validity
  4. Suspension of Visa Exemption Measures

Re-entry of Foreign Nationals with Status of Residence

Following the decision by the Japanese Government on August 28th 2020, all foreign nationals with status of residence who have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit and follow the designated procedures are now eligible to re-enter Japan, regardless of the date of their departure from Japan.

※ From November 1st 2020, it is not required to submit “the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” or “Receipt for Request of Re-entry”.

For details, please visit:

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan “Valid Format of “Certificate of Negative Test Result”

(Japanese)     https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/p_pd/pds/page25_002019.html

(English)        https://www.mofa.go.jp/p_pd/pds/page22e_000910.html

〇 Ministry of Justice of Japan “Regarding the Refusal of Landing and Other Actions to Restrain the Spread of Novel Coronavirus”

(Japanese)     http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/hisho06_00099.html

 

Process of Re-entry for Foreign Nationals Currently Overseas with Status of Residence in Japan

【Prior to Re-entry into Japan】

1)A negative COVID-19 test result is required to re-enter Japan. The test must be conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure time and issued by a medical institution.
※Japanese Government requested the airline company to refuse to board the aircraft for those who do not have PCR test.

※In accordance with the Japanese Government’s requests, airline companies will refuse to allow those who do not have a PCR test certificate to board the plane.

“Certificate of Testing for COVID-19”

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html

※In principle please use the designated format in the link above, which is to be filled in by a medical institution (in English) and signed or stamped by a doctor. If you submit the document in a different format, it must contain all of the same required information in English as the designated format.

※Only the test methods mentioned in the format are considered valid.


(Attention 1) If your country of stay has a policy of not conducting PCR tests on persons without symptoms, applicants are required to travel to a third country/region in which a PCR test can be obtained, and be tested within 72 hours before their scheduled flight departure time. If you are struggling to find a testing location by yourself, please consult the Embassy/Consulate General in your country of stay.

(Attention 2) From November 1st, 2020, foreign nationals who meet ALL the criteria below are not required to obtain a PCR test result certificate before returning to Japan from countries/regions that are subject to the entry ban:

  • Those with a status of residence and a valid re-entry permit.
  • Those with receiving companies/entities in Japan who are committed to ensuring that the necessary quarantine measures are properly implemented.
  • Those whose period of stay in the countries/regions subject to the entry ban doesn’t exceed 7 days (excluding the quarantine period).

For details, please visit:

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan “Process and Required Documents for Re-entry”

(Japanese)     https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/fna/page25_001994.html

(English)         https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html

〇 Ministry of Justice of Japan “Regarding the pre-departure PCR test result certificate required for entry and re-entry

(PDF)(Japanese)     http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930006276.pdf

【Following Re-entry into Japan】

You are required to submit a COVID-19 test result certificate to immigration upon arrival in Japan.

Those who cannot submit this document to the immigration officer will be denied entry into Japan based on the ‘Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act’.

Please note that the quarantine measures in place are issued by the Japanese Government.

≪For All Entrants to Japan≫

  1. Please be sure to obtain and stay at a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station, such as your home, for 14 days counting from the day after arrival.
  2. Be sure to arrange a means of private transportation from the airport to your accommodation in Japan (DO NOT use public transportation.).

    (Attention) Private transportation from the airport to the accommodation must be either your privately-owned vehicle, a rental vehicle, or an approved charter vehicle.
    If you are unable to arrange such means of transportation, you will be required to spend the 14 days from the day after arrival in the vicinity of the airport.
    (For reference) Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan “A List of Approved Chartered Vehicle Services, and Travel Agencies qualified to arrange such services”
    https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/newpage_00020.html

  3. Upon entry, a quarantine officer will register your whereabouts for the 14-day period mentioned above and means of private transportation.

4. A PCR Test at the airport of arrival.

5. Stay within the airport, or within a facility designated by the Quarantine Station, until the test results are issued.

※Please note that the duration from arrival to test result issuance is expected to be few hours, but may vary according to the situation.

(Attention) All foreign nationals are newly required to submit a written pledge stating that they will submit updates on their health via LINE application etc., keep the information pertaining to their location history on their phones and use the COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application upon entering Japan.

Even if test results prove negative, all arrivals are required to stay at a place they have arranged, such as their homes, for 14 days counting from the day after arrival, and are subject to health checks carried out by public health centers.

≪All foreign nationals who stayed in the countries/regions with community transmission of coronavirus variants of concern≫
All foreign nationals who have stayed in countries/regions with community transmission of coronavirus variants of concern need to stay at facilities specified by immigration after re-entering Japan. In addition to the PCR test at the airport upon arrival, they must also take a PCR test again on the third day (not counting the day of arrival) after entering Japan. If the result is negative, you will be discharged from the facilities and must stay at your accommodation for the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period.

For details, please visit:

〇 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan “Q&A Regarding Strengthened Quarantine Measures”

(Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00001.html

(English) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00003.html#Q1-1

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Border Enforcement Measures to Prevent the Spread Of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”(Countries Subject to Entry Ban)

(Japanese)   https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/fna/page4_005130.html

(English)      https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan “The Procedure of “Residence Track” and entry into Japan from all countries and regions”

(Japanese)   https://www.meti.go.jp/covid-19/pdf/1020Rt2.pdf

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan “Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel”

(Japanese)    https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/cp/page22_003380.html

(English)     https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

〇 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan “Application for Visa or Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel”

(Japanese)   https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/fna/page22_003381.html

(English)      https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html

〇Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet “Novel Coronavirus Emergency Response Headquarters”

(Japanese)   https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/novel_coronavirus/taisaku_honbu.html

Kobe University Response

All persons entering Japan from all countries and regions are prohibited from entering the University grounds for 14 days after the day of arrival (15 days in total). Entrants must arrange accommodation off-campus, and must not enter the University grounds, including University dormitories.

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Japanese Government in “Border Enforcement Measures to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”, Kobe University requires entrants to adhere to the following:

  1. As soon as your arrival date is confirmed, please inform your faculty/graduate school.
  2. Prior to your arrival, you must arrange and let your faculty/graduate school know where you will be staying (home, hotel, etc.) for 15 days including the arrival date, and your means of transportation from the airport to said accommodation.
    (Attention) Private transportation from the airport to the accommodation must be either your privately-owned vehicle, a rental vehicle, or an approved charter vehicle.
    If you are unable to arrange such means of transportation, you will be required to spend 15 days (including the day of arrival) in the vicinity of the airport.
    (For reference) Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare “A List of Approved Chartered Vehicle Services, and Travel Agencies qualified to arrange such services”
    https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/newpage_00020.html
  3. For the 15 days including the day of arrival, entrants are required to fill out a daily “Health Checklist”, detailing their physical condition, and to submit this to their faculty/graduate school.
    During this time, if you experience any discomfort (a body temperature above 37.0°C, or any of the symptoms on the checklist), please contact your faculty/graduate school. In such cases, the quarantine period will be extended.
Daily Health Check process

If no discomfort: Once a day (in the morning)

If experiencing discomfort: Twice a day (morning and night)

「Health Checklist」
(EXCEL Japanese)  (EXCEL English)    (PDF Japanese)   (PDF English)

 

(International Exchange Division)