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Information for Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals Regarding Measures Related to COVID-19

JETRO has compiled information for highly-skilled foreign professionals regarding measures announced by the Japanese ministries and agencies in relation to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) .

Re-entry of Foreign Nationals Who Possess the Status of Residence

The suspension of visas issued prior to December 2, 2021 has been lifted from 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022. Those who hold a valid visa, after 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022, can travel with the visa as long as it is valid.

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To Foreign Nationals Who Are Willing to Enter or Re-enter Japan

From March 1, please note that following provisional measures are effective for travelers and returnees from China.

1.Up to approximately 20% of the travelers and returnees arriving from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) by direct flight are subject to an on-arrival COVID-19 test to take samples for genome sequence analysis.

2.All travelers and returnees arriving from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) by direct flight are required to submit a certificate of negative result of COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure.

To Foreigners Working in Companies

  • The Immigration Services Agency of Japan provides multilingual support such as consultations by phone from non-Japanese people whose lives have otherwise been affected by COVID-19, and consultation guidance when non-Japanese people do not know the procedure for issuing a vaccination voucher.
  • Even when the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a decrease in business for the company, foreign workers are not allowed to be treated less favorably than Japanese workers just because they are foreigners.
  • The subsidy the national government pays companies to protect worker employment can be used for Japanese as well as foreign workers.
  • Companies cannot freely fire you at will. When a company wants to fire a foreign worker, the same rules as Japanese workers must be followed.
  • If you need help, please consult your local labor bureau, labor standards supervision office or public employment security office (Hello Work).