Re-entry of foreign nationals with the status of residence
On 28th August 2020, the Government of Japan announced its decision that all foreign nationals with the status of residence who have left and will leave Japan before 31st August 2020 with a valid re-entry permit, are now eligible to re-enter Japan from 1st September 2020. As for the foreign nationals with the status of residence currently residing in Japan and will depart from Japan on and after 1st September, please refer to the website of Immigration Services Agency of Japan .
With a view to containing the spread of infections, some additional quarantine measures will be introduced from 1st September 2020 to the foreign nationals with any of the four categories of the status of residence, namely “Permanent Resident”，”Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and “Long Term Resident” (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence; the same applies hereinafter) and those who have special exceptional circumstances.
(Note) This measure is not applied to those who have already possessed and will possess diplomatic and official visas.
Currently, for the purpose of strengthening border control, foreign nationals who stayed in countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan within 14 days before applying for entry into Japan come under denial of permission to enter into Japan unless there are special exceptional circumstances. Under the decision on 22nd July, the foreign nationals with the status of residence who left Japan before the day when country/region where such foreign nationals are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan, are allowed to re-enter Japan from 5th August 2020.
Additionally, from 1st September 2020, all foreign nationals with the status of residence who have departed from Japan before 31st August 2020 with a valid re-entry permit, are eligible to re-enter Japan.
Upon the re-entry, they are required to present (1) the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (hereinafter referred to as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”) obtained from the Japanese overseas establishments at the country/region where applicants reside, and (2) the certificate of negative test result of pre-entry testing conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight (hereinafter referred to as “certificate of negative test result”). Please see here to be informed of the process and required documents for re-entry.
Please be warned that in addition to a certificate of negative test result, “the Re-entry Confirmation Letter” will be required for the foreign nationals with the above mentioned four categories of status of residence as well as foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances including cases that require urgent and/or humanitarian consideration to re-enter into Japan on or after 1st September 2020.