Consular Services

May 26, 2022

On May 26, 2022, New border measures (29) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals was announced.

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”) in the country/region 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 (27) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals (New Border Measures (29) will be applied from 0:00 am (JST) on June 10, 2022)

Based on New Border Measures (27), from March 1, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan to fulfill either of the following category (1) and (2) 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 completes prescribed application in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS).

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 Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel ( 1. Reviewed border measures from June 2022) for more details about these framework

(A) Foreign nationals eligible to this measure

  • 〈Until 0:00 am (JST) on June 10, 2022〉
  • (1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business or employment and foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long term stay (Except for tourist purposes)..
  • (2) Foreign nationals fall under (1) and those who have receiving organizations located in Japan

  • 〈From 0:00 am (JST) on June 10, 2022〉
  • (1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) 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.

2. New Border Measures (19) to review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals (Abolished)

Since November 29, 2021 until February 28, 2022, the Government of Japan decided the suspension of “Review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals and on restrictions on activities after entering into Japan for persons with a vaccination certificate of COVID-19” as well as the acceptance of application forms from responsible persons to the ministries in charge and issuing screening certificate based on the New border measures (19). From November 30, 2021, new entry of foreign nationals under this measure will be denied. These measures were abolished on February 24, 2022.

(A) Foreign nationals eligible to this measure

  Newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for business or working purpose or newly entering Japan for a long-term stay

  In order to be secured their entry into Japan, the receiving companies/organizations should pass screening by the Ministry and Agency having jurisdiction over the business in question in advance and should be responsible for supervision of their conduct.

(B) Required documents for the visa application

  • A copy of the screening certificate from the appropriate ministry/agency
  • Visa Application Documents (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.

3. “Residence Track” and “Business Track”(Suspended)

Since January 14, 2021, the Government of Japan decided the suspension of “Business Track” and “Residence Track” with all the countries/regions covered under the framework for the time being. The new entry of foreign nationals into Japan under these two tracks will not be permitted and the relaxation of restrictions on movement during the period of 14-day quarantine through “Business Track” will no longer be applicable for Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence for the time being. In case the entry into Japan is permitted, the relaxation of restrictions on movement during the period of 14-day quarantine through “Business Track” is no longer permitted.

Please see Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel for more details about these measures

  • Only single entry visas will be issued through these measures. The visa fee payment may be required depending on the nationality/region.
  • Those who wish to newly enter Japan using these measures or based on the decision on September 25, 2020, need to apply for a visa even if the Visa Exemption Arrangements are in effect between their country of nationality and Japan (Except the case that Diplomatic and Official visas are exempted by the visa exemption measures for those visiting for diplomatic and official mission).

4. Entry into Japan from all countries and regions based on the decision of the GOJ on September 25, 2020 (suspended)

This measure is suspended for the time being.

On September 25, 2020, the GOJ announced that, in principle, the holders of Statuses of Residence of “Student”, “Dependent” and others, in addition to cross-border business travelers of all countries and regions are permitted to enter Japan from October 1, 2020, under the condition that the person is hosted by a company / entity that can assure observation of quarantine measures. As for the cross-border travelers to be permitted to newly enter Japan based on the decision on September 25, 2020, all foreign nationals residing in the country / region of departure are entitled to apply for the entry visa.

Countries / Regions

 All countries and regions

5. 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.

  • (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.
  • Spouse or child of a foreign national where the foreign national has the status of residence of “Long-Term Resident”, whose family is staying in Japan and who has been separated from his/her family.
  • 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, 38, 45, and 47)“, and who has been separated from his/her family and where there is a need for him/her to be reunited with his/her family.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of "Diplomat" or "Official".
  • A foreign national entering Japan under “New measures for border enforcement (27) on February 24, 2022”
    (Note)The New entry of foreign nationals into Japan under the supervision of receiving organizations is allowed, except for those entering Japan for tourism. Please see this page (Reviewed border measures from March 2022) for further information.
  • 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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