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Japan to allow back foreign residents who left before entry ban

Japan to allow back foreign residents who left before entry ban

The government has begun accepting applications from foreign nationals seeking entry and re-entry to Japan, allowing some workers and international students to come back into the country starting next week, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

An official from the Foreign Ministry who is overseeing the affairs of non-Japanese confirmed Thursday that starting Wednesday, Japan is set to allow the return of all foreign nationals, including international students and workers, with valid visa statuses who had left Japan before the entry ban was imposed.

Those eligible for re-entry under the revised policy also include permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, spouses and children of permanent residents, as well as spouses and children of Japanese nationals or permanent residents.

So far, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, spouses and children of Japanese nationals and of permanent residents who had left Japan before the entry ban was imposed have been allowed to return without submitting any documentation.

The ISA official said that following the policy change, people with visa statuses in those categories will also be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours before boarding their flight and documents confirming the resident’s re-entry permission.

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