As of 30 September 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan released an announcement regarding the new entry of foreign nationals into Japan, effective from 11 October 2022.

Who will be affected?

All new entries into Japan for tourists, short/long-term status, foreign students, and entry for business purposes.


The (ERFS) system that was in place will no longer be required. All visa restrictions will be lifted from the 11 October 2022.

In addition, the measure to limit the entry of foreign tourists to those on package tours will be lifted.

Measure still in place
All returnees and new entrants are required to provide either a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses) of vaccines *on the Emergency Use List of the World Health Organization (WHO) or a certificate of negative result of pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departing from the original country/region.

Link of the Japanese MOFA:


Effective from 11 October, 2022

Santa Fe recommendation

Santa Fe Japan office is monitoring the situation closely and will provide any new update.

Should you have any questions regarding entry, please contact the following:

Edine Zidi
Relocation Services Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
Tokyo, Japan
D: +(81-3) 3589 0786

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations

Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125

To read more immigration updates, click here

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