Visas and Consular Services

2021/12/2

ATTENTION!

  • For the time being, entry into Japan from all countries and regions including Finland is denied unless special exceptional circumstances are found as part of measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • All the visitors to Japan currently need VISA as visa exemption measures are suspended due to COVID-19. However, new issuance of VISAs is also suspended.
  • For further details, please see the MOFA web site or contact the consular section of the Embassy: consular(at)hk.mofa.go.jp
  • Regarding immigration and residence permit procedure (Re-entry, Special Re-entry, Certificate of Eligibility etc.), please contact "Immigration Information Centers".
    +81-3-5796-7112 (Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Japan Time))
    info-tokyo@i.moj.go.jp
    Supported languages: Japanese, English
  • Regarding quarantine measure to enter Japan, please contact "Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Quarantine Inquiries Hotline".
    +81-3-3595-2176 (All day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Japan Time))
    Supported languages: Japanese, English

Important Notice on Visa Restriction

On 1 December 2021, taking the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 into consideration, the Government of Japan decided to further strengthen the border security measures against Novel Coronavirus infections by introducing additional measures as follows;
 
The following measure is implemented from 0:00am (JST) on 2 December 2021 until the end of December 2021.
The validity of all categories of visas, except “(D) As Diplomat” and visas under categories such as ”(S) As Spouse, Child of Japanese” and ”(S) As Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident”, which have been issued by Japanese overseas establishments in all countries/regions by 1 December 2021, is temporarily suspended.
 

Relaxation of Entry Restrictions for Foreign Nationals

For the time being, this relaxation measure is suspended from 30 November.

Under the current entry ristrictions, applicants who fall under the following categories,  “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or child of a foreign national who has a Status of Residence of “Long-Term Resident” and who has been separated from the family”, “Diplomat” and “Official” are eligible to apply for visa.
Application of temporary visit purpose is not be accepted even though the applicant is a spouce or son of Japanese nationals.


From 8 November 2021, the restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals to Japan is relaxed. Accordingly, applicants in the following categories are eligible to apply for a visa:

1) Applications for a Short-term stay (less than 3 months) for business or for work (please see here regarding to required documents)
2) Applications with a Certificate of Eligibility for a long-term stay (please see here regarding to required documents)
3) Applications for those who have ‘exceptional circumstances’ including Spouses and Children of Japanese Nationals, Permanent Residents of Japan, etc. (please see here regarding to required documents)
 
Applicants who fall under 1) and 2) must submit visa applications with screening certificate.
Please contact your inviter in order to obtain the screening certificate.
 

WHEN ENTERING JAPAN

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19):  

1. NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT

  • All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a Certificate of Negative Test Result conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) when entering Japan.
  • The certificate requires certain contents according to the Japan’s valid format. It is strongly recommended to use the valid format (Valid Format of Certificate of Negative Test Result) for avoiding troubles when checking in at airport or entering Japan.
  • There have been reported some cases of rejection of boarding due to incomplete documents: lack of test date, passport number, test methods, etc. Showing the Check List of certificate contents and Requirements for Certificate of Testing for Entering Japan to staff of medical institution could reduce such troubles.
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here.

2. PLEDGE

All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are required upon entry into Japan to submit a document (click here to find the form of Written Pledge) pledging to follow the rules below;
  • Be in quarantine at home or the accommodation where they declared to stay for 14 days after entry
  • Refrain from using public transportations for 14 day after entry (Trains, Buses, Cabs/Taxies, domestic flights, etc.)
  • Install the COVID-19 contact tracing application (click here to find the details of the app and here for the Q&A ), and keep it activated
  • Retain location information through the map application function of the smartphone, and provide the information to the health authorities, if requested,
  • Follow the instructions from the health authorities and the infection preventive measures, such as wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.
In addition to the pledge, please also fill in the questionnaire before your arrival. Save the issued QR code and show it to the quarantine officer when you enter to Japan.

*Please note that “14 days after arrival/entry into Japan” starts from the day following the date of your entry into Japan.
 

3. COVID-19 TEST ON ARRIVAL

All those who enter including Japanese nationals are also subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival.
 

4. 14-DAY QUARANTINE

All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated locations for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge when entering Japan as mentioned above.

For the time being, the following measure is suspended from 1 December.
 
If you submit a copy of a valid vaccination certificate at the time of entry to Japan, part of the 14-day quarantine after entry will be shortened. Vaccination certificates must meet the requirements. (click here to find the details and here for the Q&A).
 
In case of violation of the pledge, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply:
(i) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.
(ii) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.
 
Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.