Re-entry of Foreign Nationals with Status of Residence and
“Residence Track” with Thailand and Viet Nam
1. From July 29th 2020, the Japanese overseas establishments accept applications for re-entry into Japan by foreign nationals with status of residence.
2. Currently, as part of the border control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, foreign nationals who have stayed within the last 14 days in countries/regions subject to denial of permission to entry Japan, are denied to enter Japan unless they have any special exceptional circumstances. However, the re-entry permit holders who have left Japan on or before the day when the country/region where they are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter into Japan, will be permitted to re-enter Japan from August 5th, 2020, in addition to the foreign nationals with the status of “Permanent Resident,” “Long Term Resident,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” and “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” (and spouse or child of Japanese nationals or permanent residents who do not possess these statuses of residence) who are already permitted to re-enter Japan being deemed to have special exceptional circumstances.
3. For the re-entry into Japan, the applicants are required to obtain the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (hereafter referred as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”) issued by the Japanese overseas establishments in their country/region of residence, and to present a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours before their departure to Japan for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, the foreign nationals re-entering Japan from countries/regions subject to denial of permission to enter into Japan, are requested to go through existing border control measures including Antigen test(CLEIA) or PCR test at the airport quarantine upon arrival in Japan, refraining from using public transport and staying at home for 14 days. For more information regarding the relevant procedures, please see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see below).
4. As far, the holders of status of “Permanent Resident,” “Long Term Resident,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” and “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” (and spouse or child of Japanese national and permanent residents who do not possess these statuses of residence) who are already permitted to re-enter Japan, being deemed to have special exceptional circumstances, will, in principle, also be required to undergo the same procedures mentioned at 3. above from September 1st 2020, upon their re-entry, for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Further, this measure is expected to be applied to travelers from certain countries/regions prior to September 1st 2020. The subject countries/ regions will be shown on this page when it will be renewed.
5 Also on July 29th, Japanese overseas establishments in Thailand and Viet Nam begin procedures to launch the “Residence Track” with both countries. Please check our homepage via the links below for more details.