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Landing refusal to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection and entry due to special exceptional circumstances

Q: New information about landing refusal was announced on July 31st. Please let me know in what kind of case foreign nationals can enter Japan and what kind of procedure is required?

 

A:

First of all, please refer to the information on the website of Immigration Bureau dated July 31st.

1) Notice on refusal of landing (as of July 24th)

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001316999.pdf

2) Specific examples of cases where permission for re-entry or new entry may be granted due to being special exceptional circumstances(As of July 29)

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf

3) Re-entry of foreign nationals who possess the status of residence

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html

 

The number of cases where you can enter Japan is gradually increasing and they can be classified into the following four categories A to D.

 

A. Re-entry is permitted as there are circumstances that require special consideration in humanity

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・No matter the nationality.

・Specific cases are described in the website of above 2). Cases corresponding to cases 1 and 2 are targeted.

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf

 

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・If you cannot determine if there are special circumstances, please consult the Immigration Bureau in advance.

It is difficult to get a clear answer from the immigration inspector, but you can get an answer as to whether there is a high possibility that it will be recognized or not.

・If you receive a reply that your case can be considered as special exceptional circumstance, please provide materials that can prove that there are special circumstances at the time of re-entry.

(*Sincere International creates this support letter with charge.)

・In this case, the “Additional Quarantine Measures” are not required, but operation may change, so please check in advance.

 

B. Spouse or children of Japanese and Permanent Residents newly entering Japan, Spouse or children of Long-term Resident under certain conditions

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・No matter the nationality.

・Specific cases are described in the website of above 2). Cases corresponding to cases 3 are targeted.

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf

 

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・Because this is a new entry, it is necessary to obtain a visa at Japanese Embassy / Consulate before entering the country. After applying for a Certificate of Eligibility for Status Residence such as “Japanese spouse” and “Spouse of permanent resident”, etc., you will get a visa and then enter Japan. However, some Japanese Embassy / Consulate may not issue medium to long-term visas under the corona environment. If possible, consult with the Immigration Office before proceeding.

・In this case, the “Additional Quarantine Measures” are not required, but operation may change, so please check in advance.

 

C: A foreigner with 4 types of status residence who departed with a re-entry permit before the country or area of stay was subject to landing refusal.

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・No matter the nationality.

・Eligible status of residence: “Permanent Resident”, “Japanese spouse, etc.” “Permanent resident spouse, etc.” “Long-term resident”

・Those who departed with re-entry permit before the country/region of stay is subject to landing refusal

 

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-Until August 31, 2020, it is not necessary to carry out the procedures for “Additional Quarantine Measures” and confirmation of submission of re-entry documents at Japanese Embassy / Consulate described in 3).

・After September 1, 2020, it is necessary to carry out the procedures for “Additional Quarantine Measures” and confirmation of submission of re-entry documents at Japanese Embassy / Consulate described in 3). The specific procedure is described in D. (However, if you have a record of staying in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, or Peru, please note that after August 7, 2020, it is necessary to carry out the procedures for “Additional Quarantine Measures” and confirmation of submission of re-entry documents at Japanese Embassy / Consulate described in 3).

 

D: A foreigner who has departed from Japan with a re-entry permit before the country/region where he/she is staying is subject to landing refusal and is not a one of 4 types of status residence status mentioned C.

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・No matter the nationality.

・Eligible status of residence: Mid-to long-term residents with status of residence other than “Permanent Resident”, “Japanese spouse, etc.” “Permanent spouse, etc.” and “Long-term resident”

・Those who departed with re-entry permit before the country/region of stay is subject to landing refusal

・Entry is permitted on and after August 5, 2020.

 

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・It is necessary to receive ““Re-entry Confirmation Letter” at Japanese Embassy / Consulate in overseas.

・In addition, as an additional quarantine measure, it is necessary to obtain inspection certificate for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure time of scheduled flight.

・Please refer to the URL below for necessary procedures and documents.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html

* Depending on the Japanese Embassy / Consulate, whether to apply directly or through a proxy application agency will differ. In addition, the required documents and procedures might be different, so please contact the Japanese Embassy / Consulate in your country in advance to proceed.

 

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