Consular Services

(Procedures to be Followed and Forms to be Submitted for Entry into/ Return to Japan)
(Countries and Regions which are Subject to Denial of Permission to Entry(Travel Advice & Warning on Infectious Diseases Level 3))

November 24, 2020

The GOJ has started/ decided to start either Business Track or Residence Track with the following countries/regions which are subject to denial of permission to entry.

Residence Track: Malaysia and Myanmar
Business Track: the GOJ is still coordinating with each country/region to start Business Track.

Foreign nationals who are willing to enter Japan based on 1(2) in the decision on September 25, 2020, need to follow the procedures for Residence Track. Please check the details here.

[!!Attention!!]
As the Government of Japan has removed Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Republic of Korea, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), New Zealand, Brunei, Vietnam and Taiwan from the designation of areas subject to denial of permission to enter Japan and additionally designated Myanmar and Jordan to countries subject to denial of permission to enter Japan, there are some changes on border control measures and necessary procedures for (re-)entry into/ return to Japan from these countries and regions. Please check this page for further information in this regard.

The necessary forms are updated as needed. Please be sure to use the latest version of each form.

(Figure1)Japan to country X(Conceptual Diagram)(Note)In case X is subject to denial of permission to entry
(Figure2)Country X to Japan (Conceptual Diagram)(Note)In case X is subject to denial of permission to entry

1. Foreign Nationals (For special permanent residents, please refer to 2.)

Note: Foreign nationals who are willing to enter or re-enter Japan under this framework need a new visa in addition to a certificate of pre-entry test results. (Please refer to this page for applying for this visa.) Should the traveler be unable to submit the certificate of the pre-entry test results (original or copy) upon entry into Japan, they may be denied permission to enter Japan as falling under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Foreign nationals with the status of residence who have left and will leave Japan with a valid re-entry permit do not need to follow the procedures for this framework. Please see this page for the procedures for re-entry

(1) Business Track (Note: For framework which enables business persons residing in Japan to conduct limited business activities upon their return/ re-entry into Japan after short-term business trips, the following procedures for business track are applied.)

(Note: the GOJ is still coordinating with each country/region to start Business Track.)

  • The receiving company/entity (company/ entity that can assure observation of quarantine measures) is requested to fill in “Written Pledge (Business Track)” (document for receiving companies/entities to commit to taking necessary measures to ensure that the additional quarantine measures are properly implemented) (Note) and “Schedule of Activities in Japan” (document to be attached to “Written Pledge” to declare in advance the schedule of activities of the traveler such as accommodation and destinations scheduled for 14 days after entering Japan). The copies of the original of these forms must be sent to the traveler. It is the responsibility of the receiving company/entity to have sufficient understanding about the additional quarantine measures and necessary documents and to explain the details carefully to the traveler. The receiving company/entity should keep the original of these forms for 6 weeks after the invitee enters Japan. If requested by the relevant ministry, please submit the original forms.
    • (Note: Phone number of the receiving company/entity must be filled in at the bottom of ”Written Pledge”. This number must be Japanese and valid, at which the Japanese authorities can certainly contact the responsible person of the receiving company/entity. Please note that, in case the number is not Japanese or the Japanese authorities could not contact the responsible person by this number, the “Written Pledge” will be considered as flawed and may not be accepted at the time of visa application or at the airport quarantine.)
  • The traveler must apply for a new visa at the Embassy or Consulates of Japan in their own country/region of nationality (Please check the details for the application on this page.) . The Embassy or Consulates of Japan will ensure that the receiving company/entity agrees to committing to the additional quarantine measures by checking “Written Pledge” (copy) and “Schedule of Activities in Japan” (copy). (Note) Copies of the “Written Pledge” and “Schedule of Activities in Japan” must be in paper, which includes printed PDF of the original.
  • Daily temperature checks are required for 14 days prior to the departure. Should any common symptoms of COVID-19 including a fever of 37.5°C or higher, respiratory symptoms, strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) be recognized, it is necessary that the trip to Japan be cancelled. It is not necessary to submit the result of the health monitoring for 14 days prior to the departure before traveling to Japan. Instead, this result must be included on the “Questionnaire” distributed on the plane.
  • The traveler must obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result in the country/region of departure within 72 hours before departure (from the sampling time). (Note 1). Those who reside in Japan are exempted from obtaining a certificate of pre-entry testing result if they enter the country/region under the framework of “Business Track” and the duration of their stay in that country/region does not exceed 14 days(Note 2).
    (Note 1: This format (Word) filled and signed by one of the medical institutions designated and listed by the government of each country/region is considered to be valid. So, in principle, please use this format. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the above mentioned format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English. Please note that in case any of the following required information is missing, the applicant may be denied permission to enter Japan as falling under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.)
    (1) Personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex), (2) Proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the sample and test method mentioned in the format), result, date of the sampling, date of test result, date of issuance of the test), and (3) Information of a medical institution(the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal(or sign by doctor)). In addition to original certificate (issued in print from), copy (issued and received electronically (such as by email)) is also acceptable. In any case, the certificate must be submitted upon arrival in print from. Please be sure that the certificate is printed on paper before arrival.
    (Note 2: For short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan to countries/ regions with which “Business Track” is not in operation, the duration of stay in the destination country/region must not exceed 7 days (excludes the stay-at-home/ isolation period in the destination country/region) .)
  • The traveler must take out private medical insurance (including travel insurance covering medical expenses during their period of stay in Japan) before entering Japan unless they are registered with the public insurance system of Japan such as Health insurance and National Health Insurance.
  • The traveler must submit the “Written Pledge (Business Track)” (copy), “Schedule of Activities in Japan” (copy) and “Questionnaire” to the airport quarantine office. The certificate of pre-entry test results (original or copy) needs to be presented at the airport quarantine office and submitted to the Immigration Office. Please note that the forms for short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan are different from the ones for “Business Track”. (Please find the forms on this page.).
  • The airport quarantine officer and the immigration officer will check the installation and set-up of the necessary applications (LINE, COVID-19 contact tracing and map applications). The necessary preparation must be completed by then.
    • The traveler must report to the responsible person of the receiving company/entity for their health condition every day for 14 days after entering Japan. (The responsible person is required to report the traveler’s health condition through the application LINE installed in advance.) In case, the traveler is able to interact in Japanese and has a smartphone operated in Japanese domestic phone number, the traveler may install the LINE application and report their health condition on their own.
    • The traveler must install the COVID-19 contact tracing application designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to their smart phone by the arrival in Japan and make sure that the application remains active for 14 days after entering Japan.
    • The traveler must keep location date through map application for 14 days after entering Japan.

Cases such as the following are considered to be a violation of the commitment by the receiving company/entity. The name of companies/entities not respecting the commitment may be announced to the public and the invitees of these companies/regions may be subsequently refused entry to Japan under this framework.
-If the traveler does not report their health condition every day via LINE
-If the traveler is tested positive for COVID-19 and called on to cooperate with an investigation by the Public Health Center and it turns out that he/she did not install the COVID-19 contact tracking application or keep the location data properly.

[Documents to be submitted]
  • Eligible Visa or the “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan”
  • Certificate of pre-entry test results issued within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) (original or copy)
  • Written Pledge (Business Track) (PDF) Open a New Window” (updated on November 10) 2 copies
  • Schedule of Activities in Japan (PDF) Open a New Window” (updated on October 30) 2 copies
  • “Questionnaire” (distributed to every passenger on the plane)
    (Note: The forms for short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan are different from the ones for “Business Track”. (Please find the forms on this page.).)
[Procedures to be followed]

(2) Residence Track (Foreign nationals who are willing to enter Japan based on 1(2) in the decision on September 25, 2020, need to follow the same procedures.)

  • The receiving company/entity (company/ entity that can assure observation of quarantine measures) is requested to fill in “Written Pledge (Residence Track)” (document for receiving companies/entities to commit to taking necessary measures to ensure that the additional quarantine measures are properly implemented)(Note). The copy of the original of “Written Pledge” must be sent to the traveler. It is the responsibility of the receiving company/entity to have sufficient understanding about the above-mentioned applications and necessary documents and to explain carefully to the traveler. The receiving company/entity should keep the original form for 6 weeks after the invitee enters Japan. If requested by the relevant ministry, please submit the original form.
    • (Note: Phone number of the receiving company/entity must be filled in at the bottom of “Written Pledge”. This number must be Japanese and valid, at which the Japanese authorities can certainly contact the responsible person of the receiving company/entity. Please note that, in case the number is not Japanese or the Japanese authorities could not contact the responsible person by this number, the “Written Pledge” will be considered as flawed and may not be accepted at the time of visa application or at the airport quarantine.)
  • The traveler must apply for a new visa at the Embassy or Consulates of Japan in his/her country/region of nationality (Please check the details for the application on this page.). The Embassy or Consulates of Japan will ensure that the receiving company/entity agrees on committing to the additional quarantine measures by checking “Written Pledge” (copy). (Note) Copy of the “Written Pledge” must be in paper, which includes printed PDF of the original.
  • Daily temperature check is required for 14-days prior to the departure. If any of common symptoms of COVID-19 including fever of 37.5°C or higher, respiratory symptoms, strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) are recognized, it is necessary that the trip to Japan be cancelled. It is not necessary to submit the result of this health monitoring for 14 days prior to the departure before traveling to Japan. Instead, this result must be included on the “Questionnaire” distributed on the plane.
  • The traveler must obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result in the country/region of departure within 72 hours before departure (from the sampling time). Although the Government of Japan has additionally designated Myanmar and Jordan as areas subject to denial of permission to entry on October 30, 2020, those who depart from these countries and arrive in Japan by the end of November 14, 2020, will be exempted from obtaining a certificate of pre-entry testing result.
    (Note: This format (Word) filled and signed by one of the medical institutions designated and listed by the government of each country/region (in case such lists are available) is considered to be valid. So, in principle, please use this format. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the above mentioned format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English. Please note that in case any of the following required information is missing, the applicant may be denied permission to enter Japan as falling under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.)
    (1) Personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex), (2) Proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the sample and test method mentioned in the format), result, date of the sampling, date of test result, date of issuance of the test), and (3) Information of a medical institution(the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal(or sign by doctor)). In addition to original certificate (issued in print from), copy (issued and received electronically (such as by email)) is also acceptable. In any case, the certificate must be submitted upon arrival in print from. Please be sure that the certificate is printed on paper before arrival.
  • The traveler must take out private medical insurance (including travel insurance covering medical expenses during ‘their period of stay in Japan) before entering Japan unless they are registered with the public insurance system of Japan such as Health insurance and National Health Insurance.
  • The traveler must submit “Written Pledge (Residence track)” (copy) and “Questionnaire” to the airport quarantine office. The certificate of pre-entry test results (original or copy) needs to be presented at the airport quarantine office and be submitted to the Immigration Office.
  • The airport quarantine officer and the immigration officer will check installation and set-up of the necessary applications (LINE, COVID-19 contact tracing and map applications). The necessary preparation in this regard must be completed by then.
    • The traveler must report to the responsible person of the receiving company/entity for his/her health condition every day for 14 days after returning to Japan. (The responsible person is required to report the traveler’s health condition through the LINE application installed in advance.) In case, the traveler is able to interact in Japanese and has a smartphone operated in Japanese domestic phone number, the traveler may install LINE and report their health condition on their own.
    • The traveler must install the COVID-19 contact tracing application designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to their smart phone by the arrival in Japan and ensure that the application remains active for 14 days after entering to Japan.
    • The traveler must retain their location date through map application data for 14 days after entering to Japan.

Cases such as the following are considered as violation of the commitment by the receiving company/entity. The name of companies/entities not respecting the commitment may be announced to the public and the invitees of these companies/regions may be subsequently refused entry to Japan under this framework.
-If the traveler does not report their health condition every day via LINE.
-If the traveler is tested positive for COVID-19 and called on to cooperate with an investigation by the Public Health Center and it turns out that they did not install the COVID-19 contact tracking application or properly retain the location data.

[Documents to be submitted]
  • Eligible Visa
  • Certificate of pre-entry PCR test results (original or copy) (issued within 72 hours before departure (Note: departure time of the flight))
  • Written Pledge (Residence track) (PDF)Open a New Window” (updated on November 9) 2 copies
  • “Questionnaire” (distributed to all the passengers on the plane)
[Procedures to be followed]

2. Japanese nationals and special permanent residents

(1) Business Track (Note: For framework which enables business persons residing in Japan to conduct limited business activities upon their return/ re-entry into Japan after short-term business trips, the following procedures for business track are applied.)

(Note: the GOJ is still coordinating with each country/region to start Business Track.)

  • Daily temperature checks are required for 14-days prior to the departure. If any of common symptoms of COVID-19 including fever of 37.5°C or higher, respiratory symptoms, strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) are recognized, it is necessary that the trip to return to Japan be cancelled. It is not necessary to submit the result of the health monitoring for 14 days prior to departure before returning to Japan. Instead, this result must be included on the “Questionnaire” distributed on the plane.
  • The company/entity receiving the cross-border traveler (company/ entity that can assure observation of quarantine measures, hereafter referred to as “receiving company/entity” ) is requested to fill in “Written Pledge (Japanese nationals - Business Track)” (document for receiving companies/entities to commit to taking necessary measures to ensure that the additional quarantine measures are properly implemented)(Note) and “Schedule of Activities in Japan” (document to be attached to “Written Pledge” to declare in advance the schedule of activities of the traveler such as accommodation and destinations scheduled for 14 days after returning to Japan). The copies of the original of these forms must be sent to the traveler. It is the responsibility of the receiving company/entity to have sufficient understanding about the above-mentioned applications and necessary documents and to explain the details carefully to the traveler. The receiving company/entity should keep the original of these forms for 6 weeks after the invitee enters Japan. If requested by the relevant ministry, please submit the original forms.
    • (Note: Phone number of the receiving company/entity must be filled in at the bottom of “”Written Pledge”. This number must be Japanese and valid, at which the Japanese authorities can certainly contact the responsible person of receiving company/entity. Please note that, in case the number is not Japanese or the Japanese authorities could not contact the responsible person at this number, the “Written Pledge” will be considered as flawed and may not be accepted at the time of visa application or at the airport quarantine.)
  • The traveler must obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result in the country/region of departure within 72 hours before departure (from the sampling time). Those who enter the country/region under the framework of “Business Track” and the duration of their stay in that country/region is not more than 14 days are exempted from obtaining a certificate of pre-entry testing result.
    Those who enter Singapore or Republic of Korea under the framework of “Business Track” before October 31, 2020, and the duration of their stay in that country does not exceed 14 days (return to Japan before November 14, 2020,) can take COVID-19 test at airport quarantine to use “Business Track” upon their return to Japan in case they could not obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result .
    (Note: This format (Word) filled and signed by one of the medical institutions designated and listed by the government of each country/region is considered to be valid. So, in principle, please use this format. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the above mentioned format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English. Please note that in case any of the following required information is missing, the applicant may not use the Business Track (will be called on to stay at home or a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station for 14 days after the entry into Japan).
    (1) Personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex), (2) Proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the sample and test method mentioned in the format), result, date of the sampling, date of test result, date of issuance of the test), and (3) Information of a medical institution(the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal(or sign by doctor)). In addition to original certificate (issued in print from), copy (issued and received electronically (such as by email)) is also acceptable. In any case, the certificate must be submitted upon arrival in print from. Please be sure that the certificate is printed on paper before arrival.
    (Note 2: For short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan to countries/ regions with which “Business Track” is not in operation, the duration of stay in the destination country/region must not exceed 7 days (excludes the stay-at-home/ isolation period in the destination country/region) .)
  • The traveler must submit “Written Pledge (Business Track)” (copy), “Schedule of Activities in Japan” (copy) and “Questionnaire” to the airport quarantine office. (Note) Copies of the “Written Pledge” and “Schedule of Activities in Japan” must be in paper, which includes printed PDF of the original. Please note that the forms for short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan are different from the ones for “Business Track”. (Please find the forms on this page.).
  • The airport quarantine officer will check the installation and set-up of the necessary applications (LINE, COVID-19 contact tracing and map applications). The necessary preparation must be completed by then.
    • The traveler must report to the responsible person of the receiving company/entity for his/her health condition every day for 14 days after returning to Japan. (The responsible person is required to report the traveler’s health condition via the application LINE installed in advance.) In case, the traveler is able to interact in Japanese and has a smartphone operated in Japanese domestic phone number, the traveler may install the application LINE and report their health condition on his/her own.
    • The traveler must install the COVID-19 contact tracing application designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on their smart phone before arrival in Japan and ensure that the application remains active for 14 days after returning to Japan.
    • The traveler must keep their location date via the map application for 14 days after returning to Japan.

Cases such as the following are considered to be a violation of the pledge by the receiving company/entity. The name of companies/entities not respecting the pledge may be announced to the public and the invitees of these companies/regions may be subsequently refused entry to Japan under this framework.
-If the traveler does not report their health condition every day via LINE.
-If the traveler is tested positive for COVID-19 and called on to cooperate with an investigation by the Public Health Center and it turns out that he/she did not install the COVID-19 contact tracking application or properly retain their location data.

[Documents to be submitted]
  • Written Pledge (Business Track) (PDF) Open a New Window” (updated on November 10) 1 copy
  • Schedule of Activities in Japan (PDF) Open a New Window” (updated on October 30) 1 copy
    (Note: The forms for short-term business trips by business persons residing in Japan are different from the ones for “Business Track”. (Please find the forms on this page.).)
  • Certificate of pre-entry test results issued within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) (original or copy) Note: Those who enter the country/region under the framework of “Business Track” and the duration of their stay in that country/region is not more than 14 days are exempted from obtaining a certificate of pre-entry testing result.
  • “Questionnaire” (distributed to every passenger on the plane)
    Note: For those who are returning to Japan after September 1st, it is not necessary to obtain a “Receipt of Return Date Notification” nor to submit it upon arrival at the airport.
[Procedures to be followed]

(2) Not using the Business Track

  • The traveler must submit “Questionnaire” to the airport quarantine office.
[Documents to be submitted]
  • “Questionnaire” (distributed to every passenger on the plane)

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