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

  • September 14, 2022
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September 14, 2022

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
  5. Restrictions on airport/ports for arrival

The Japanese border control measures are being constantly updated to reflect the changing circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus. Make sure that you frequently check for updates and follow the latest guidance from the relevant ministries and official bodies.

〇Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
“Border Control Measures”
(English) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html

〇Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
"Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)"
(English) https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

"Information on the Novel Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19)"
(English) https://www.mofa.go.jp/p_pd/pds/page22e_000910.html

〇Immigration Services Agency "Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19"
(Japanese and some English) https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/hisho06_00099.html

 

 

Re-entry of Foreign Nationals with Status of Residence

Foreign nationals with status of residence who left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are eligible to re-enter Japan if they follow the designated procedures.
※As of September 6, 2022, the Japanese government does not impose entry bans on foreign nationals who have a status of residence in Japan, regardless of the country or region that they are travelling from. However, travelers from certain countries and regions must stay in government-designated facilities for a fixed period and take one or more PCR tests.

Please check the latest information yourself via the websites listed below etc. :
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html
〇Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
(Japanese and some English) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00249.html

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

【Prior to Re-entry into Japan】
1. Arrange your flight (date of entry) to Japan, and contact your Faculty/Graduate School at Kobe University

Please notify your Faculty/Graduate School about your departure/arrival information: departure date and time, city and country of departure, flight number, arrival date and time, and arrival airport.
Faculties and Graduate Schools of Kobe University:
https://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/faculties_graduate_schools/index.html

 

2. Arrange a place of stay (e.g. a hotel) and transportation from the arrival airport to the place of stay during the quarantine period. Notify your Faculty/Graduate School at Kobe University

You will take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan. If your result for this on-arrival test proves negative, you will be required to quarantine at a place of stay (e.g. a hotel) for 5 days after entering Japan (i.e. 5 days counting from the day after arrival – hereafter referred to as “5 days after entering Japan”). You may use public transportation to travel to your place of stay for quarantine, but you must arrive at your place of stay within 24 hours of the test taken at the arrival airport. You must check the quarantine requirements prior to your departure for Japan. If you need a place of stay (*1) for the quarantine period, you must arrange it before coming to Japan.

Based on the New Border Measures (28) from June 1, 2022,and the New Border Measures (30) from July 27, 2022,  there may be cases in which inspection upon entry and waiting period after entry into Japan are not required. For details, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website "COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures", "To All Persons Entering or Returning to Japa n" and "Classification of Countries and Regions in Water Border Control Measures".

(*1): In your place of stay for your quarantine period, you should have your own bedroom, bathroom and toilet. You cannot stay in places with shared facilities (e.g. kitchen) located outside your own room. Therefore, you are not allowed to stay in University dormitories, dormitories that you applied for via Kobe University (e.g. Hyogo International House), the homes of your friends or relatives, or shared residences during your quarantine period.

Note: You are NOT allowed to use public transportation to take the 3rd day post-arrival PCR test that is required to reduce your quarantine period.

 

(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”
(Japanese only) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/newpage_00020.html

 < Inspection categories upon entry and post-entry quarantine periods >

From 14 September 2022, it is no longer necessary to continue isolating at home if the applicant has been tested twice on the second and third days after entering Japan using qualitative antigen test kits, and both negative results have been reported to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), which has confirmed the results.

Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare To Anyone Entering/Returning to Japan (mhlw.go.jp)

3.Take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departing for Japan (i.e., the departure time of your flight), and obtain a negative result certificate from a local medical institution using the designated certificate form.
*After 00:00 (JST) on September 7 2022, all persons with a valid vaccination certificate entering Japan from countries with red, yellow or blue classifications are NOT required to submit a pre-departure PCR test result certificate.

For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures) for new border measures (31).
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html

Persons entering from countries/regions other than red, yellow and blue must take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure (flight departure time) and prove negative by means of a prescribed certificate at a local medical institution.
“Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” is downloadable from the following site:
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/files/100177968.pdf

 

4.Check your travel insurance (which covers your medical expenses in Japan)

Please check your travel insurance policy, in case you get a positive result of PCR test at the arrival airport and need to pay the medical expenses by yourself.

 

5.Prepare the Written Pledge (Individual), and install the designated smartphone apps on your smartphone.

You need to submit a written pledge (individual), stating that you will follow the Japanese authorities’ requirements, which include not using any public transportation, staying at your quarantine location, saving and submitting location information using your smartphone apps for 5 days after entering Japan.
*Written Pledge needs to be prepared by yourself, not the university.
"Written Pledge (For Individuals)” “Smartphone apps”
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html

6.Finish filling out the questionnaire, which you need to submit at the arrival airport

You need to submit your contact information, such as email address and phone number, for your health follow-ups during the quarantine period. Make sure to provide contact information that you can use in Japan. The questionnaire can be filled out online, and you will receive a QR code at the end. Please save the QR code using the screenshot function, or print out the code and show it to quarantine when you arrive in Japan.
“Questionnaire” https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/#/

 

【Upon your arrival in Japan and afterwards】
7.Take a PCR test at the arrival airport

Upon arrival in Japan, a PCR test will be performed at the airport. If you get a positive result, please contact your Faculty/Graduate School at Kobe University. If your test result is negative, go to your place of stay.

Based on the New Border Measures (28) from June 1, 2022, the quarantine measures that apply to you and whether or not you require a post-arrival PCR test depend on the country (or countries) that you stayed in before arriving in Japan. For details, please check:
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/


≪Reference≫
・Quarantine Information office, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
(Japanese) https://www.forth.go.jp/news/20200129.html
・Narita Airport (English) https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/news/prevent_corona
・Quarantine office, Haneda Airport
(Japanese) https://www.forth.go.jp/keneki/tokyo/access/tokyo_air.html
・Quarantine office, Kansai International Airport
(Japanese) https://www.forth.go.jp/keneki/kanku/index.html

 

8.Submit “Questionnaire”, “Written Pledge” and ”Inspection Certificate (negative)” at the quarantine of the arrival airport

Please submit your completed questionnaire, written pledge and inspection certificate.

 

9.Stay in your arranged place of stay for 5 days after entering Japan. Avoid physical contact with others. Report your location and health information using the apps (as agreed to in the “Written Pledge”).

Please stay at your quarantine place for 5 days after entering Japan. You are not allowed to go out even to buy food. Please report your location and health condition using the apps (MySOS and others) as you agreed to in the pledge.

 If you meet the Japanese government’s requirements to end the quarantine period, Kobe University will also recognize that your quarantine period has ended. (The University's decision on November 2, 2021)

*Even if you are not required to quarantine, you should still monitor your health (by checking your temperature etc.) for the 10 day period after arriving in Japan.

 

10.Record your health condition on Kobe University’s “Health Checklist”, and submit it to your Faculty/ Graduate School

During the quarantine period, please record your temperature on the health checklist every day. If you experience any discomfort/illness (e.g. a fever of 37.0 degrees or more, or any of the symptoms on the list), contact your Faculty/Graduate School.

[How to check your health condition (taking your body temperature)]
If you do not experience any discomfort:Once a day (morning)
If you feel discomfort: Twice a day (morning and night)

“Health Checklist (EXCEL)”
(Japanese) https://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/documents/NEWS/info/intl/Health_Checklist.xlsx
(English) https://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/documents/NEWS/info/intl/Health_Checklist_en.xlsx

■Precautions upon entering Japan

○Please make sure you fully understand the following before coming to Japan:
・If your result for the pre-departure PCR test is positive for COVID-19, you will not be able to come to Japan. In this case, you will be responsible for paying any resulting cancellation fees (e.g. hotel).
・If the result of your PCR test upon arrival in Japan is positive for COVID-19, or if you don’t stay in your hotel due to your health condition or any other reason, you will still have to pay for the hotel that you booked.
・The quarantine period will be extended if you experience any discomfort during your quarantine period. In this case, you will be charged additional fees for your hotel stay and other expenses.

○Please bring the following with you to Japan:
・Cash (to cover approximately one month of living expenses)
 You will need to pay for all of your expenses for 5 day period after entering Japan (e.g. hotel costs, transportation fees). As you are not allowed to use public transportation, you may be unable to withdraw cash from a bank or ATM. Also, your quarantine period may be extended if you experience discomfort. In such cases, there will be additional costs for staying in hotels, etc. Please be sure to bring enough cash.
・Thermometer
 You are required to take your body temperature regularly during your quarantine period.
・Smart phone
・Passport
Written Pledge (For Individuals)
・Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 (negative) that you obtained when you took a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departing for Japan.
・Travel Insurance Policy or application information (if you have it)
・Printout of Kobe University’s “Health Checklist”

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