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

  • September 24, 2021
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September 24, 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

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

All foreign nationals with status of residence who have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit and follow the designated procedures are eligible to re-enter Japan.
※As of September 24, 2021, 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.


For details, please visit:
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#section2

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

If your test results prove negative for COVID-19 when you take a PCR test upon arriving in Japan, you are required to stay at a place (e.g. a hotel) for 14 days after entering Japan (i.e. 14 days counting from the day after arrival – hereafter referred to as “14 days after entering Japan”). You are not allowed to use any public transportation during the quarantine period. Prior to your departure for Japan, it is necessary for you to arrange both the place of stay (*1) for your quarantine period and a means of private transportation (*2) to get there.

(*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.

(*2): 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 after entering Japan 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”
(Japanese only) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/newpage_00020.html

 

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.

It is necessary to 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.
“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 14 days after entering Japan.
*Written Pledge needs to be prepared by yourself, not the university.
"Written Pledge (For Individuals)”
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000836304.pdf
“Smartphone apps”
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000806888.pdf

 

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

All travelers must take a PCR test at the arrival airport in Japan. 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 without using public transportation.

(Attention) Due to the spread of the coronavirus and its variants, travelers from certain countries and regions are required to follow the additional measures below.
1) Mandatory stay in government-designated facilities for a fixed period (the period may differ depending on your place of departure)
2) During the mandatory stay, you must take a PCR test once (or multiple times). If you get a negative result on the last day of your mandatory stay, you will be discharged from the facilities and need to stay at your quarantine place for the remainder of the 14 days after entering Japan.

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#section2

≪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 14 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 14 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.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000806888.pdf

 

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 14 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”

(International Exchange Division)