The Japanese government has implemented new entry requirements for short-term business travelers and new long-term residents.

Key Points:

  • For short-term business travelers and new long-term residents to enter Japan, inviting companies must submit an online applications through the new Entrants Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) before the foreign national arrives.
    • After the ERFS application is submitted, authorities will issue a “Certificate for completion of registration” to the inviting company’s representative. Visa applicants must then submit a copy of the certificate when applying for a visa.
  • Previously issued screening certificates are now void and receiving companies must obtain new certificates.

Additional Information: More information regarding Japan’s COVID-19 entry requirements is available here.

BAL Analysis: Border measures may change with little or no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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