Japanese Government added 18 countries on the list where foreign nationals coming from will be subject to Denial of Landing.
With this measure taken place since April,
- 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 Service Agency, Immigration Department (Tel: 03-3580-4111 (ext. 4446/ 4447)).
- 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".
Therefore, Permanent Residents planning to flight to these areas listed on the link above might not be able to return back to Japan until this denial of landing measures will be lifted up. This means, the status of Permanent Resident will be lost if you do not re-enter Japan within the valid re-entry period.
There were no special measures to recover the Permanent Resident status lost because of COVID-19 however, the Immigration finally announced a recovery measure as below:
The procedure differs according to the type of Re-Enter permit you have:
1. In case if you have applied for Re-Entry permit at the Immigration before your departure, the valid period might be extended at the Japanese embassy or consulate in the country where you are staying abroad. The maximum period of extension is for one year from the original date of expiry.
2. In case if you departed from Japan using the Special Re-Entry system and that not being able to re-enter within one year from the date of departure, extension at the Japanese embassy or consulate is not possible. Please apply for a “Long-Term Resident” visa instead within 6 months of the entry restrictions being lifted up. Once you have been issued with a “Long-Term Resident” visa, you will be able to follow the necessary procedures in order to newly enter Japan as a “Permanent Resident” upon arrival.
Please contact your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for more details regarding this procedure.
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions - from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage