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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.
To Foreign Nationals Who Are Willing to Enter or Re-enter Japan
- On February 27, 2023 "Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus（COVID-19）" was updated.
- On February 27, 2023 "Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel" was updated.
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).
- Applications for residency and daily life support for foreign residents (Immigration Services Agency of Japan)
- FRESC Help Desk For non-Japanese people affected by COVID-19（348KB）
- ” Foreigners Working in Companies“（Information on the new coronavirus/Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)
- Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)（Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
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