[JAPAN TRAVEL ADVISORY] Going Back to Japan: A Guide for Residency Status Holders

From September 1, 2020, foreign nationals holding residency status in Japan with re-entry permit who left Japan by August 31, 2020 are allowed to return to Japan.

If you are a Japan resident and have been waiting to go back to Japan, follow our guide below to avoid any hassle on your return.

Step 1: Check your eligibility.
Under current rules, only foreign nationals who are residency status holders in Japan with valid re-entry permits and have left Japan on / before August 31, 2020 are eligible for re-entry in Japan.

Who are considered residency status holders?
1.  Permanent Resident
2.  Long Term Resident
3.  Spouse or Child of Japanese National
4.  Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident
5.  Spouse or Child of Japanese nationals and permanent residents who do not possess these statuses of residence.

Note: Diplomats and foreign government officials will be exempted from this measure.

Step 2: Apply for a Re-entry Confirmation Letter through your local Embassy of Japan.
Prepare below required documents and head on over to your local Embassy of Japan
 to apply for the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Necessary Documentation for Re-entry into Japan ("Re-entry Confirmation Letter”).

What are the required documents for the Re-entry Confirmation Letter application?
    Passport with valid re-entry permit
    Residence card issued by the Japanese authority

Your local Embassy of Japan will contact you once the Re-entry Confirmation Letter is ready. This process is free of charge.

Note: Processing time for your Re-entry Confirmation Letter takes 2-3 working days after application.

Step 3: Schedule a COVID-19 Test.
Book a testing date and have a COVID-19 test done.
Plan ahead and make sure that your test is conducted within 72 hours from your planned time of departure.

Step 4: Book your flights.
ANA flies to Tokyo (Narita and Haneda) 8 times weekly with below flight schedules and classes of service:
Flight No. Route Departure Arrival Frequency
NH 820 Manila - Narita 0930 1505 5x weekly
Mon, Wed Thu, Sat, Sun
NH 870 Manila - Haneda 1440 2000 3x weekly
Mon, Wed, Fri

Other Airlines with flights in Japan are Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, & Air Asia.

Step 5: Fly with ease.
Now you are all set!

Don't forget to bring all your documents, your face mask, and your face shield to NAIA Terminal on the date of your departure.

Avail of online check in 24 hours up to 75 minutes before your flight for a faster check in experience (if applicable).

What do you need to present upon check in and upon arrival in Japan?
    Passport with valid re-entry permit
    Residence card issued by the Japanese authority
    Re-entry Confirmation Letter
    Negative COVID-19 test result certification

All passengers arriving in Japan are subject to COVID-19 testing and 14-day quarantine at home or at a location designated by the quarantine station chief. During this period, please refrain from using public transport (ex. domestic flights, buses, trains, taxis, etc).



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