New Information Regarding Entry into Japan

New Information Regarding Entry into Japan

We have received new information regarding entry into Japan as of March 2022.
We would like to inform you of the following

(1) “Change in the period of quarantine at home/accommodations after entering Japan,”

On and after March 1,

・upon a 7-day quarantine, in principle,
・whether or not there is an entry/arrival from a “designated country subject to a 3-day quarantine ” (whether an entrant to Japan has stayed in a “designated country subject to a 3-day quarantine” within the 14 days prior to their arrival date)
・whether or not there is a valid COVID-19 vaccine certification that meets the requirements
may influence the quarantine period and accommodations for quarantine after entering Japan in the following manner:
* If there are separate directions from a quarantine station or public health center about continuing
quarantine at home/accommodations, you must follow them.
* If you become COVID-19 positive or a close contact, your quarantine period will not be shortened.

(2) “Use of public transportation by entrants to Japan,”

“entrants to Japan from designated countries/regions holding a vaccine certification” and “entrants to Japan from non-designated countries/regions who do not hold vaccine certifications” must quarantine at
home/accommodations after entering Japan.
・However, when they travel from an airport to quarantine at their home/accommodations, on the shortest route necessary,
・within 24 hours after their COVID-19 test (specifically, specimen collection) at an airport quarantine station, the use of public transportation is permitted (only applicable to the above, even during the period of quarantine at home/accommodations).

(3) “Updates to restrictions on the new entry of foreign nationals to Japan.”

Until now, when a foreign national newly entering Japan had to visit relatives or had humanitarian reasons to be taken into consideration, the need for such consideration was examined on an individual basis and a decision was made as to whether or not he/she could enter Japan as a person with “special circumstances” and entry was granted.

However, this time, the following new method has started.

The new entry of foreign nationals to Japan is permitted for
(1) foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (three months or less) for purposes including business and employment, or
(2) foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay.

In either case, there must be a receiving organization in Japan.
A “receiving organization” is an enterprise, organization, and the like employing an entrant or inviting the entrant for business or entertainment.)

For the management and support in providing information on necessary quarantine measures when entering Japan and securing accommodations for quarantine, confirming quarantines and health statuses, and the like for foreign nationals newly entering Japan, entry to Japan is permitted under the supervision of receiving organizations.

The prior application of a receiving organization is required for all individuals who enter Japan using this measure. First, a receiving organization must apply in advance through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS), enter the required details, acquire a Certificate for Completion of Registration, and send the certificate to the foreign national scheduled to newly enter Japan. After doing so, the foreign national scheduled to newly enter Japan must apply with an overseas diplomatic mission of Japan with a Certificate for Completion of Registration and a visa application.

For more information, please visit the following sites (I am sorry, but only Japanese available)

Thank you for reading
Best regards
Yoshihisa Takenaka
Yoshihisa Takenaka
Imigration Lawyer
Gyosei syoshi Takenaka Office
4th floor Marukoshi-bldg
Kawasaki-ku Kawasaki-shi
Kanagawa ,Japan 〒210-0845 
Tel:044-280-6510 Fax:044-280-6511

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Yoshihisa Takenaka

Yoshihisa Takenaka. Born in Tokyo. Graduated from Berklee College Music located in Boston, Mass., USA. After graduation, worked in the music industry for about 10years, worked for a Taiwanese computer hardware company for 10 years. After obtaining the qualification opened Takenaka Office in Kawasaki City in 2011 started working as an immigration lawyer providing support services related to visa-related application procedures for foreigners, preparation of wills, inheritance procedures, and various permission applications.