Entry ban is lifted or not? Current Immigration measure under Covid-19 pandemic




Since Covid-19 spread around the world, many counties implement entry ban from other countries to prevent the virus from spreading. Japan also follow the movement of the nations. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to introduce entry ban from the nations that experience pandemic in their nations.

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

Regarding refusal of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19(Immigration Service Agency)

But now, there are some information that the government of Japan lift entry ban from other nations. You might be confused what is wrong or right.

In this article, I’ll explain current situation for entry ban.

Entity into Japan is allowed for foreign citizens from certain nations.




https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html

Application for Visa or Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel(Ministry of Foreign Affair)

As Ministry of Foreign Affair state in this website, the government of Japan life entity ban of foreign citizens from the following 2 nations from June 29th.

1. Thailand

2. Viet Nam

If you come from these countries, you could enter to Japan if you obtain VISA or if you’ve already gotten re-entry permission. You could enter to Japan through “Resident Track”. Here are the necessary documents.

(1) Visa application

Applicants with the purpose of entry listed on (a) or (b).

(a) Short-term stay for business

Required documents for the visa application

(i) Visa application form (with photo attached)

(ii) Passport

(iii) Certificate of Employment of the applicant

(iv) Invitation letter (PDF)Open a New Window

(v) Letter of guarantee (PDF)Open a New Window

(vi) Written pledge (the original and a copy) (Residence Track)

(b) Work or Long-term stay with one of the following status of residence

“Business manager”, ”Intra-company transfer”, “Engineer / Specialist in humanities / International services”, “Nursing care”, “Highly skilled professional”, “Technical Intern Training”, “Specified Skilled Worker”, “Designated activities (Start-up)”, “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA[Note 1])”

Required documents for the visa application

(i) Visa application form (with photo attached)

(ii) Passport

(iii) Certificate of Eligibility (not required for applicants with EPA credentials) [Note 2]

(iv) Written pledge (the original and a copy) (Residence Track)

(2)Application for the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (Re-entry Confirmation Letter)

Applicants with one of the following status of residence:

“Business manager”, ”Intra-company transfer”, “Engineer / Specialist in humanities / International services”, “Nursing care”, “Highly skilled professional”, “Technical Intern Training”, “Specified Skilled Worker”, “Designated activities(Start-up)”, “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA) [Note 1]”

Required documents for the Re-entry Confirmation Letter application



(i) Application form for the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (PDF) Open a New Window

(ii) Passport

(iii) Residence Card

(iv) Written pledge (the original and a copy) (Residence Track)

[Note 1] “Designated activities (nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA / candidate nurses and care workers who wish to enter Japan based on an EPA)” is only applicable in Viet Nam.

[Note 2] In case the applicant presents an expired Certificate of Eligibility issued on or after October 1st 2019, the applicant is required to show a document issued by his/her accepting organization in Japan that states the organization will still be able to accept the applicant to have him/her engage in the activities described on the application for the Certificate of Eligibility.

[Note 3] Upon the implementation of these trial measures, the already issued visa whose validity is currently suspended will not be restored its validity. If a new visa is issued under these trial measures, the visa already issued will be invalidated.

Entity into Japan from other nations




Now foreign citizens from foreign nations other than Thailand and Viet Nam are allowed to reenter to Japan if you get re-entry permission and leave Japan before the area you stay now are listed for entry ban.

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

Re-entry of foreign nationals who possess the status of residence (Ministry of Foreign Affair)

These are information regarding entity ban to Japan. If you have questions, I recommend you to contact with Immigration Bureau or Ministry of Foreign Affair.

Daichi Ito

Immigration Lawyer (Gyoseishoshi)

080-5183-4897

daichiito@kamalegal.com

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