Updated Re-Entry Measures by the Government of Japan

31 Aug 2020

Dear Singaporeans,

The government of Japan has updated its re-entry measures for foreigners with Japan resident status.

Singaporeans with Japan resident status who left Japan before 31 August 2020

Singaporeans with Japan resident status who left Japan before 31 August 2020 with a valid re-entry permit are now eligible to re-enter Japan from 1 September 2020.

In order to re-enter Japan, you will need to obtain:

  1. A Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (or “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”) from the Japanese Embassy in Singapore; and

  2. A certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before departure of your flight to Japan. The Re-entry Confirmation Letter and negative COVID-19 test result must be presented upon arrival in Japan.

More details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html. Please contact the Japanese Embassy in Singapore for the Re-entry Confirmation Letter and any queries regarding re-entry to Japan.

 

Singaporeans with Japan resident status who leave Japan from 1 September 2020 onwards

Singaporeans with Japan resident status who leave Japan from 1 September 2020 onwards with a valid re-entry permit will also be eligible to re-enter Japan from 1 September 2020.

In order to re-enter Japan, you will need to:

  1. Submit a request to re-enter Japan, along with required information and a pledge to comply with current quarantine measures and additional epidemic prevention and control measures, to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, and obtain an email Receipt from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan confirming that your request has been accepted; and

  2. Obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before departure of your flight to Japan.

The email address of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan to submit your request to re-enter will be announced at noon on 1 September 2020 when applications open.  For Singaporeans leaving Japan between 1 to 6 September 2020, the request to re-enter should be submitted to the immigration inspector directly at the airport during departure.

The Receipt from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan and negative COVID-19 test result must be presented upon arrival in Japan.

More details can be found at http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001327497.pdf. Please contact the Immigration Services Agency of Japan or the Japanese Embassy in Singapore for any queries regarding re-entry to Japan.

COVID-19 Testing Policy in Singapore

Singaporeans may wish to note that under the prevailing travel advisory issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Singaporeans and residents of Singapore are advised to defer all forms of travel overseas.  Essential travel for business, official and work purposes are currently permitted under Green/Fast Lane arrangements and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement.

In Singapore, COVID-19 testing is guided by the national testing strategy focused on diagnostic testing and active case finding in the community, as well as active surveillance testing on targeted groups who are deemed vulnerable or who have a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.For now, pre-departure COVID-19 testing only applies to travellers under the Green Lane arrangements for essential business and official travels.

Travellers that require pre-departure tests in Singapore for non-discretionary reasons of travel listed below, can approach the following agencies for assistance:

• Travel related to essential business and employment – the Ministry of Trade and Industry at COVID_SafeTravelEnquiries@mti.gov.sg

• Travel related to education, compassionate reasons, or otherwise – the Ministry of Health at https://go.gov.sg/moh-pdt.

Compliance with COVID-19 quarantine and control measures upon re-entry to Japan

Upon re-entry to Japan, the Japanese authorities require travellers to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 quarantine and control measures imposed by the Government of Japan.  These include:

(i) Travellers will have to undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing upon arrival in Japan, and their health conditions may be monitored by Japanese health authorities through medical examination.

(ii) Travellers will not use public transport from the port of arrival to your accommodation, nor use any public facilities while in transit.  Travellers will be required to submit proof for the arrangement of private transportation.  You may wish to refer to the following list on the website of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the transportation arrangement: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/newpage_00020.html.

(iii) Travellers will be subjected to 14 days of self-quarantine at your home/place of accommodation in Japan.  Please note that all travellers are requested by the authorities to wait for the PCR test results at the airport before re-entry.

(iv) In the event that travellers are infected or likely to be infected with COVID-19 (e.g. feeling unwell, or positive case of COVID-19 are identified in passengers on the same flights, etc.), they may, upon instruction, be isolated or detained based on the Quarantine Act.

(v) Any additional border measures imposed by the Japanese authorities.  Further information can be found at Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00003.html

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