Consular Services

July 29, 2020

Foreign nationals who are willing to enter or re-enter Japan through “Residence Track” of trial measures need either a new visa or the “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” (hereinafter referred to as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”), issued by Embassies or Consulates of Japan (hereinafter referred to as “Japan’s overseas establishments”) in your country.
(Note) Please see this page for more details and for downloading necessary applications for these trial measures.
(Note) Conditions and required documents for “Business Track” will be announced afterwards.

Visa

To apply for a visa, please submit the required documents to Japan’s overseas establishments in your country (for more details on the required documents, please see the following conditions for each designated country/region). All the visas issued through trial measures would be single-entry visas, and the visa fee payment may be required depending on the nationality.
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.

Re-entry Confirmation Letter

Foreign nationals who departed from Japan with re-entry permit and intend to re-enter Japan need to apply for the Re-entry Confirmation Letter by submitting the required documents to Japan’s overseas establishments in your country. The issuance of Re-entry Confirmation Letter is free of charge.
After the application has been successfully accepted, Re-entry Confirmation Letter would be issued at the consular division of the Japan’s overseas establishment. Re-entry Confirmation Letter should be received by the applicant or his/her representative and is needed upon applying for landing permission.

1. Countries / Regions

These measures are currently in operation in the following countries as of 29th July.

  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam

2. Conditions and required documents

As an initial step, only the applicants who reside in a designated country/region among those who have the nationality of the designated country/region and travelling to Japan via direct flight from the designated country/region are eligible for these measures. The range of applicants eligible for the measures will be examined while the operational status of the measures being assessed.
Purpose of entry and required application documents for the designated country/region are as follows:
(Note) For the time being, holders of status of residence dependent are not eligible to accompany their family members with the status of residence listed below under these trial measures.

Viet Nam and Thailand

(1) Visa application

 Applicants with the purpose of entry listed on (a) or (b).

  • (a) Short-term stay for business
    Required documents for the visa application
  • (b) Work or Long-term stay with one of the following status of residence
    “Business manager”, ”Intra-company transfer”, “Engineer / Specialist in humanities / International services”, “Nursing care”, “Highly skilled professional”, “Technical Intern Training”, “Specified Skilled Worker”, “Designated activities (Start-up)”, “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA[Note 1])”
    Required documents for the visa application
    • (i) Visa application form (with photo attached)
    • (ii) Passport
    • (iii) Certificate of Eligibility (not required for applicants with EPA credentials) [Note 2]
    • (iv) Written pledge (the original and a copy) (Residence Track)

(2)Application for the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (Re-entry Confirmation Letter)

Applicants with one of the following status of residence:
“Business manager”, ”Intra-company transfer”, “Engineer / Specialist in humanities / International services”, “Nursing care”, “Highly skilled professional”, “Technical Intern Training”, “Specified Skilled Worker”, “Designated activities(Start-up)”, “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA) [Note 1]”

  • [Note 1] “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA)” is only applicable in Viet Nam.
  • [Note 2] In case the applicant presents an expired Certificate of Eligibility issued on or after October 1st 2019, the applicant is required to show a document issued by his/her accepting organization in Japan that states the organization will still be able to accept the applicant to have him/her engage in the activities described on the application for the Certificate of Eligibility.
  • [Note 3] Upon the implementation of these trial measures, the already issued visa whose validity is currently suspended will not be restored its validity. If a new visa is issued under these trial measures, the visa already issued will be invalidated.

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