COVID-19: New Visa Application Information for Spouses and Children of Japanese Citizens and Permanent Residents

2020/8/14

The following information for new visa applications for Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals, Permanent Residents, and Long Term Residents applies as of the 29th of July.

Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals

1.    You can apply for Japanese Spouse visa if you have a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) as a Japanese Spouse. 
2.    If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must also provide a family register proving your status as a spouse or child of a Japanese national (an original or a copy of koseki tohon).
3.    If you don’t have a CoE, you can apply for Temporary Visitor Visa.
You must provide a family register as above (an original or a copy of koseki tohon).

 Spouses/Children of Permanent Residents

1.    You can apply for a Spouse visa if you obtain a CoE as a Spouse of Permanent Resident.
If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member. 
2.    If you don’t have a CoE and want to stay in Japan long-term, please obtain a CoE first. For short term stay (up to 90 days), you can apply for Temporary Visitor Visa. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member.

Spouses/Children of Long-Term Resident whose family is staying in Japan and who have been separated from their family

1.    If you have a CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. 
2. If you don’t have a CoE and you want to stay in Japan for a longer period, please obtain a CoE first. For short term stay (up to 90 days), you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member.  
 

For all applications:

Please bring:

1. Your passport and a copy of your passport photo page
2. A completed visa application form with a passport photo attached
3. Completed COVID-19 related restriction questionnaire 

4. If you are applying with a CoE, please bring it along with a copy of the CoE.

For further documents, see the category appropriate to you above. We may also request further documents as necessary.
If you are not an Australian passport holder, you may require other documentation, so please call us at 02 6272 7274 to discuss your application. 

PCR test

From or after the 1st of September 2020, as a condition of entry into Japan, you must obtain and bring a negative PCR Test Certificate (obtained within 72 hours of your departure time). 
 
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

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)  

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 two 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.