On August 28, 2020, the Government of Japan announced new procedures for those who will temporarily leave Japan after September 1st. Check the following. As in the past, you will also need to obtain a Special Re-entry Permission or Re-entry Permission.(Click here for more detail.)
We recommend if your Status of Residence has less than three months remaining, that you extend your status before leaving Japan. For more details about how to apply for an extension of Status of Residence, please refer to this question. Moreover, for information on taking classes from your home country and other remote areas, please check here.
■ Procedures for those who will leave Japan after September 1st
Before you leave Japan or return to Japan, you need to complete steps 1) to 6) below. For further details regarding these procedures, check the following URL (Ministry of Justice HP).
Japan's border control measures are continuing. Please check the current epidemic prevention measures yourself.
[ Pre-departure procedures in Japan ]
1) Pledge for additional quarantine measures
2) Request to re-enter Japan
*The application method will be published on the Ministry of Justice website after September 1.
3) Receive the receipt *Please be sure to keep the receipt
[ Procedure at travel destination ]
5) Acquisition of inspection proof
Be sure to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before leaving the country/region of stay.
[Procedure after arrival at Airport in Japan]
6) Re-entry procedures
After arrival in Japan, you will be inspected for new coronavirus infections at a quarantine station. It is also necessary to show the receipt mentioned in 3) above.
*Reference for more details: Ministry of Justice homepage regarding Request of intention to re-enter Japan for foreign nationals with status of residence currently residing in Japan.
*FYI: the web-page of Ministry of Justice to access the PDF above.