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

2020/9/2

The Japanese Government has announced new measures to incrementally permit re-entry into Japan by foreign nationals who possess a status of residence. Please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information on obtaining a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (hereafter referred to as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”)

Update 8/31: Individuals who leave Japan with a valid re-entry permit and an "Application Letter" from the Immigration Agency on or after the 1st of September 2020 will no longer need to apply for the Re-entry Confirmation Letter to return to Japan. (A negative PCR test Certificate will still be required) If you are leaving Japan after the 1st of September 2020 with a re-entry permit, please visit this link. 

Caution for Re-entering Permanent Residents, Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals/Permanent Residents, and Long Term Residents: From the 1st of September 2020, the instructions below will apply even to foreign nationals who possess the statuses "Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", or who are the spouse or child of a Japanese national.
Please note that this is a change from the previous instructions for such individuals. 
 

1. Eligibility for Application

Please confirm your eligibility for the measures described above.
  • Possessing a Japanese status of residence and residence card (zairyu card)
  • Departed before the 2nd of April or between the 3rd of April and 31st of August. 
  • Holding a valid re-entry permit or special re-entry permit

2. Application Forms and Method (for Canberra Residents)

If you are eligible to apply, please bring:  Please come to the Embassy on weekdays between 9:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:30 to apply. 
We will contact you when your Re-Entry Confirmation Letter is ready to pick up.

There is no processing fee.

We recommend calling the Embassy on (02) 6273 3244 to check your eligibility to apply and that you have assembled the necessary documents before coming, however an appointment is not necessary. 
For non-Canberra residents, please see the list of Consulates in Australia and contact the one appropriate to you for further details.

3. Additional Quarantine Measures and Application for PCR Test Certificate

As a condition of entry into Japan, you must obtain a negative PCR Test Certificate (obtained within 72 hours of your departure time).To enter Japan, you must bring your negative PCR Test Certificate and Re-entry Confirmation Letter.

Please refer to this list of medical institutions in Australia which can provide PCR Test Certificates.
(Canberra residents should consult one of the clinics designated as providing nationwide consultations and receive a test locally as directed by that clinic) 

The clinic or testing centre must fill out the PCR Test Certificate form as provided here

4. Quarantine in Japan (Self-Isolation)

Once you enter Japan, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport and wait for results at the airport or at a place specified by health officials.
After entering Japan you must self-isolate at home or a hotel for a period of 14 days.
You must not use any kind of mass or public transport (taxi, domestic flights, ferry, bus, train etc.) during your self-isolation or to get to the place where you will self-isolate.
Please use a private car (your family may pick you up) or a rental car.

For more information, see here at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's website: (in Japanese)

5. Further Questions

Please carefully read the above information and the links on the Ministry of Foreign Affair's website before contacting us. 
You can call on (02) 6273 3244 or email us at consular@cb.mofa.go.jp if you have any questions.

If you are not a Canberra resident, please contact the appropriate Consulate for enquiries.

6. Leaving Australia as an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident 

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, you will require an exemption from the Australian government to travel. Please see here for details.  It is recommended to apply for the exemption at least three weeks from your intended travel date.
If you are normally a resident in another country (i.e. Japan), you may not require an exemption, but we recommend you check directly with the Department of Home Affairs on their COVID-19 Hotline at 1800 020 080 or their immigration information line at 131 881.