If your status of residence expired or your special Re-entry Permission expired while you were away from Japan, “Written pledge” is not required to apply for a visa at the embassy/consulate. This is because these cases do not fall into the framework “Residence Track” announced on by announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on 30th September 2020.
The required procedures to enter Japan are below.
- You must apply for a visa “Student” with your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at the embassy (consulate) in the country/region of stay.
- You must obtain a Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 from a medical facility in the country/region of stay proving a negative test result having undergone a test for COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region of stay.
- You must submit the original or a copy of your Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 proving a negative test result to the immigration inspector after arriving in Japan.
For more details about (1), please see the first item of “2. (1) Regarding special exceptional circumstances” including Note 3 in “Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)”.
For more details about (2) and (3), please see “Additional Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures for the Entry or Re-entry of Foreign Nationals” and contact the nearest embassy (consulate).
Japan's border control measures are still continuing. Please check the current epidemic prevention measures yourself.
Also, please check another FAQ (click here).