April 3, 2020

1. In view of the situation on the incidence of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in Japan, The Immigration Services Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan will introduce the Pre-Entry TB screening to be applied to nationals of countries with a high caseload of TB patients. The screening will be applied to those, who wish to stay in Japan for a mid-to-long-term period, in order to confirm that they are not suffering from TB prior to their entry into Japan.

2. Any person who are nationals of countries (Philippines, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Nepal, and Myanmar) (Note1) where many past visitors had been diagnosed with TB during their stay in Japan, and who intends to enter Japan and stay as a "mid-to-long-term resident"(Note2) (excluding individuals who possess re-entry permits) as defined under the provisions of Article 19-3 of the Immigration Control Act will be required to be screened.

  • (Note1) Other countries may be added in the future.
  • (Note2) If the applicant's current place of residence is proven to be outside a designated country or region by his/her identification card or relevant document issued by the country of residence, he/she will be exempted from screening.

3. The TB screening will be implemented on or after July 1, 2020 in countries where necessary coordination is complete. It applies to any person from the above-mentioned countries who intends to stay in Japan for a mid-to-long-term period, either upon applying for the Certificate of Eligibility, or applying for a visa at a diplomatic mission abroad in the cases where the Certificate of Eligibility is not necessary for visa application.

4. Please visit the website of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japan’s Pre-Entry Tuberculosis Screening) Open a New Window for details.

  • Guideline for Japan’s Pre-Entry Tuberculosis Screening (Japanese(PDF))

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