Consular Services

August 10, 2022

On May 26, 2022, New border measures (29) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals was announced. For details, please see 「1. New Border Measures (29) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals

From June 1, 2022, visa application procedures to enter Japan for the purpose of visiting relatives/acquaintance will be changed. For details, please see 「2. Entry of foreign nationals with other special exceptional circumstances

Currently, foreign nationals/people who are willing to enter Japan need a visa newly issued by Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan (for Taiwan, Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association) (hereinafter referred to as “Japan’s overseas establishments”) with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant lives or those with jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant’s passport is issued depending on the purpose of their entry.

Visa

To apply for a visa, please submit the required documents to Japan’s overseas establishments in your country / region (Please see the following articles for further information. There are some cases where Japan’s overseas establishments request additional documents).
After the application has been successfully accepted, the visa would be issued at the consular affairs section of the Japan’s overseas establishment. The visa should be received by the applicant or his / her representative and is needed upon applying for landing permission.

1. New Border Measures (29) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals

Based on New Border Measures (29), from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organizations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS).

Please see New Border Measure (29) and Other Measures FAQ (PDF) Open a New Window for more details about these framework

(A) Foreign nationals eligible to this measure

  • 〈From 0:00 am (JST) on June 10, 2022〉
  • (1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (up to 90 days) for purposes including business and employment
  • (2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (note)
  • (3) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay
  • (Note) Foreign nationals fall under (1), (2), or (3) are required receiving organizations located in Japan.
  • (Note) Foreign nationals who will be allowed new entry into Japan for the category of the abovementioned (2) will be limited to those who will enter from the countries/regions classified as “Blue” based on the New Border Measures (28) (May 20, 2022, hereinafter referred to as “the Measures (28)” ) The measures will apply only when the country/region in which the entrants stayed within 14 days before the day of application for landing on Japan falls into the group “Blue” based on the Measures (28).

(B) Required documents for the visa application

  • The certificate for completion of registration to the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) which receiving organization located in Japan applied for online,
  • The other required documents for visa application (Please see “VISA” page for more details).

Application for visa is made by the applicant him/herself at the Japanese overseas establishments with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant resides or those with jurisdiction over the country/region of which the applicant’s passport is issued. Note that there are some countries/regions in which the visa applications should be submitted through travel agencies accredited by the Japanese overseas establishments.
(Note) New policy regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibility
The validity of the certificate of eligibility is 3 months, however for foreign nationals whose entry to Japan has been delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan has taken special measures to extend the validity of the certificate of eligibility. Condition for the certificate of eligibility to remain valid by submission of a document stating that the accepting organization, etc., “is able to continue accepting the foreign national with the same activity contents as were given at the time of the application for the Certificate of eligibility.” when applying for a visa at a diplomatic mission abroad.
Please see here for New policy regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibilityOpen a New Window.

For those who apply for a visa as a technical intern trainee or a student

In order to further promote the use of "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web ", which are pre-registration online applications to enter Japan, when the person who has already obtained a Certificate of Eligibility as of June 22 2022 apply for a visa at an embassy , a consulate , or a consular office, the applicant and the receiving organization (supervising organization, organization implementing individual-enterprise-type technical intern training or educational institution) are required to submit a "confirmation letter" relevant to the use of "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web ".

Click here to download the confirmation letter
Confirmation letter (applicant) (Japanese) (Word) / Confirmation letter (receiving organization) (Japanese) (Word)
(Note) Confirmation letter (applicant) of other languages will become available on this website as needed.
Please note that each language may not be displayed correctly depending on your environment.
Confirmation letter
Chinese (Word) / Vietnamese (Word) / Tagalog (Word) / Indonesian (Word) / Myanmar (Word) / Mongolian (Word) / English (Word)

Please also refer to the website of Immigration Services Agency of Japan

2. Entry of foreign nationals with other special exceptional circumstances

Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit. Please note that due to the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the visa approval procedure may take longer than usual. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

As emergency precautionary measure from a preventive perspective, cases for entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances are as follows. (as of June 1, 2022)

  • (1) Foreign nationals entering Japan with re-entry permit (including a special re-entry permit; the same applies hereinafter).
  • (2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan who fall under any of the following.
    (Note) Depending on the purpose of your entry, you may need to get a Certificate of Eligibility at the regional immigration bureau and get Japan Visa at the Japanese embassy/consulate in the country/region.
  • Foreign nationals who departed from Japan with a re-entry permit before August 31, 2020 and who were not permitted to re-enter Japan because the validity period of the re-entry permission expired after the country/region of stay was designated an area subject to denial of landing.
  • Spouse or child of a Japanese national/permanent resident.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of “Long-Term Resident”.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of “Dependent“ or “Designated Activities (limited to Public Notice Nos. 7, 18, 19, 23, 24, 30, 31, 34, 38, 45, and 47)“.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of "Diplomat" or "Official".
  • A foreign national entering Japan under “New Border Measures(29) on May 26, 2022”.
    (Note)The new entry of foreign nationals into Japan under the supervision of receiving organizations is allowed when they obtain visas at the Japanese embassy/consulate/consular office in the country/region (The new entry for tourism is allowed only when a foreign national comes from the category of country/region “Blue” on "New Border Measures (28) on May 20, 2022") and enters Japan under the supervision of a travel agent. A foreign national who already completed the procedures by receiving organizations and obtain Japan visa based on "New Border Measures (27) on February 24, 2022" can also enter Japan in principle. Please see New Border Measure (29) and Other Measures FAQ (PDF)Open a New Window for further information.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of “Temporary Visitor” for the purpose of visiting a relative / an acquaintance (in a case of visiting an acquaintance, only a foreign national who have a relationship to him/her equivalent to a relative, or who is recognized his/her necessity to visit Japan.) .
    (Note) A relative / An acquaintance residing in Japan has to pledge (PDF)Open a New Window to take quarantine measure as Inviting Person when applicants apply for visa at the Japanese embassy / consulate. (Letter of Invitation (PDF)Open a New Window)
    The following are examples of cases where relationship equivalent to a relative or necessity to visit Japan is recognized.
    • A foreign national who has relationship with a person residing in Japan equivalent to a relative as listed below;
      • Betrothed
      • Common-law marriage
    • A foreign national could be recognized his/her necessity to visit Japan.
      • A person who attend to wedding or funeral
      • A person who is visits a sick acquaintance
  • In addition to the above, foreign nationals who are recognized to be in special exceptional circumstances corresponding to an individual situation such as the need for humanitarian consideration or the need for public benefit.

Regarding cases for entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances from March 1, 2021, Please see Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (March 1, 2022)Open a New Window.


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