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Re-entry Permit is very important than ever especially for Permanent Resident

 

Japanese Government enlarged on April 3 the list of countries where foreign nationals coming from, will be subject to Denial of Landing.   

 

Please check the latest list from the Ministry of Justice.

  • Permanent Residents departed from Japan on or before April 2 with re-entry permission (including special re-entry permission which allows them to re-enter Japan without prior application one year from the date of departure) will be considered as those who have "special exceptional circumstances".
    ⇒ However, this consideration is not automatic so it is highly recommended to ask Immigration about your situation, whether it could be considered as  "special exceptional circumstances" at the Immigration's Inspection Coordination Department (審査管理部門 Shinsa Kanri Bumon).
  • Permanent Residents departed from Japan on or after April 3 with re-entry permission  (including special re-entry permission which allows them to re-enter Japan without prior application one year from the date of departure) is no longer considered as those who have "special exceptional circumstances".
    ⇒ Your landing will also be denied.

If you are a Permanent Residents planning to flight to these areas listed on the link above might not be able to return in Japan until this denial of landing measures will be lifted up.  This means, your Permanent Resident status will not be cancelled or revoked just only with the fact that you leave Japan.  However, please note that if the COVID-19 related situation do not allow you re-enter Japan within the valid re-entry period, you will lose your status of Permanent Resident.   

 

As of April 22, there is no special measures to recover your Permanent Resident status lost beceause of COVID-19.  

The Immigration is also asking to refrain from traveling to areas where landing will be denied as indicated in the list.

 

That's why, it is highly recommended to:

  1. Stay where you are.
  2. Get the re-entry permit before you head to the airport if you are really in need to flight.

 

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