[JAPAN TRAVEL ADVISORY] Process and Required Documents for Japan Foreign Nationals

With reference to ADV20-189 Dated 03AUG2020, this is to reiterate that new procedures will only apply to Japan Foreign Nationals effective August 07, 2020 with any of the following four categories of the status of residence:
a. “Permanent Resident”
b. “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”,
c. “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident”
d. “Long Term Resident” (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence)

Additional Quarantine Measure
Upon re-entry, negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of the departure time is required.
a. Please find the attached Certificate of Testing for COVID-19. This should be filled and signed by a medical institution to be considered valid. So, in principle, please use this format.
b. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the attached format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English, but in that case, it might take extra time for quarantine inspection and immigration inspection.
  • personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex)
  • proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the test method mentioned in the format), result, date of test, date of test result, date of issuance of the test)
  • information of a medical institution (the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal (or sign by doctor)

Applicants are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (or copy) to quarantine officer when arriving at Japan. After that, please submit that as well as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” to immigration officer. If applicants cannot submit these documents to immigration officer, the applicants are denied entry into Japan based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. If applicants enter Japan with false documents, their status of residence is revoked, and they could be subject to deportation based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

When applicants are required to show a COVID-19 test result by airline staff before leaving for Japan, please follow the instruction. If a PCR test for asymptomatic person is not available in the country/region of your residence, please be noted that the applicant is required to stop at a third country where it is available before leaving for Japan.

Necessary process and documents
The applicant is required to go to a Japanese overseas establishment where you reside to obtain the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Necessary Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (hereafter referred to as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”). Following documents are required for the application.
a. Passport with valid re-entry permit including special re-entry permit
b. Residence card issued by the Japanese authority
c. Kindly check attached PDF for the Application Form for Letter of Confirmation

The applicant will be contacted once “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is ready. The applicant or a representative of the applicant can obtain “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” at the Japanese overseas establishment. This process is free of charge. Please be noted that “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is not issued on the same day of the application.

Reference: Philippines Airlines

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?
With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. 
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.  
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask. 

Take care and stay safe, everyone.

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