Information in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19)

2021/9/28

Information for Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals who reside in Norway

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, the following border restrictions are currently implemented in Japan. We are very sorry for the inconvenience it may cause you, but we would appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation. For further information, please contact the consular section of the Embassy of Japan in Norway.
 

Entry restriction

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, the group of foreigners who cannot enter Japan has been expanded from midnight on 27 March 2020.
According to this, foreign nationals who have stayed in Norway within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied to enter Japan unless there are exceptional circumstances. For details of exceptional circumstances, please refer to the following link.
Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Ministry of Justice)

 

Visa restriction

1. Suspension of visa validity
From 21 March 2020, the validity of single or multiple-entry visa issued prior to 20 March 2020 by the Embassy of Japan in Norway has been suspended.

2. Suspension of visa exemption measures
The visa exemption measure with Norway have temporarily been suspended.

3. Suspension of visa application acceptance at the Embassy of Japan in Norway
As Norway is specified as target area for denial of landing permission from 27 March 2020, the Embassy of Japan in Norway in principal will not accept new visa application unless there are exceptional circumstances. For details of exceptional circumstances, please refer to the following link.
Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Ministry of Justice)


※About the frameworks of Business track / Residence track (currently suspended)
The frameworks of Business track / Residence track which enable cross-border travel between Japan and certain countries and regions started from 1 October 2020. In these frameworks, Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals who reside in Norway were able to apply for visas to the Embassy of Japan in Norway under the condition that the person is sponsored by a company/entity that can commit observation of quarantine measures.
The frameworks have been suspended from 28 December 2020, and 18 March 2021 the Japanese government decided to further extend the suspension of the frameworks for the time being.
Accordingly, the Embassy of Japan in Norway is not able to accept visa application in the frame of Business track / Residence track, such as application for temporary visitor visa for business purpose or student visa etc., until the suspension is lifted.
 

For those who have valid re-entry permit / special re-entry permit to Japan

All foreign nationals with the status of residence with a valid re-entry permit / special re-entry permit are eligible to re-enter Japan.

Until 31 October 2020, a "Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan" issued by the Embassy of Japan in Norway or a “Receipt for Request of Re-entry” issued by the Immigration Service Agency of Japan was required to re-enter Japan.

From 1 November 2020, all foreign nationals with the status of residence with a valid re-entry permit, will no longer need to obtain a “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” or a “Receipt for Request of Re-entry” when re-entering Japan from Norway. Please be noted that the latest quarantine measures will be applied to those who re-enter Japan.
 

Quarantine measures to enter / re-enter Japan

The following quarantine measures will be applied to those who exceptionally enter / re-enter Japan from Norway, regardless of nationality.

1. Presentation of certificate of negative result of Covid-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the departure time from Norway
A traveler from Norway is required to present certificate of negative result of Covid-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the departure time from Norway. On and after from 19 March 2021, those who are unable to present the certificate will not be allowed to land in Japan based on the Quarantine Act.
Please note that some types of test / sample collection methods are not approved by the Japanese quarantine authority. Certificates of tests conducted by the type of test / sample collection methods that are not approved by the Japanese authority have resulted in several problems at the time of boarding or at the time of entry to Japan. In some cases, boarding or entry have been denied because of the invalid certificates.
Accordingly, please use a
format prescribed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as far as possible. In case you use a different format such as an original format by a test institution, please be sure that the format conforms to the format by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Also, please note that the boarding control and the immigration control may take longer time if you have an original format by a test institution.

【Valid test / sample collection methods】
Submission of inspection certificate (Minisitry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

【Format prescribed by the Minisitry of Health, Labour and Welfare】
Valid format of certificate of negative test result

【Contents to be described in a certificate】
  1. Name, Passport number, Nationality, Date of birth, Sex
  2. Testing method for COVID-19, Sample 
  3. Result, Specimen collection date and time, Test result date, Date of issue
  4. Name of medical institution , Address of medical institution, Signature by doctor, An imprint of a seal
*All items must be written in English.

【Institutions in Norway providing Covid-19 test】
The following institutions provide Covid-19 test and issue certificate of negative test result. We recommend you to inquire the relevant institution about the possibility of issuing of certificate in format prescribed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare well in advance, and to ask them to issue a certificate in the prescribed format as far as possible.
Oslo Helse(Oslo)
Oslo Akutten (Oslo)
Dr. Dropin (Oslo, Asker, Sandvika, Trondheim, Bergen)
Aleris (Oslo, Tromsø, Åresund, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger)
Volvat (Oslo, Bergen, Fredrikstad, Drammen)

*Some test institutions provide gratis rapid antigen test (hurtigtest), but please note that rapid antigen test (hurtigtest) is not recognized as valid test method by the Japanese health authority. Please take PCR test to get a certificate of negative test result.

2. Covid-19 test at the port of entry in Japan
A traveler from Norway will be tested for Covid-19 again at the port of entry in Japan. A traveler is required to wait for the test result inside the arrival airport (generally from 1 to 3 hours). After the traveler get test result, he/she can proceed to immigration control. 

3. Submission of a written pledge
A traveler from Norway will be asked to pledge not to use public transportation for 14 days, to stay at home or in accommodation, to save and present your location information, and to install a contact confirmation application etc. A traveler who is unable to submit this pledge will be asked to wait at an accommodation facility secured by the quarantine station. If a traveler violate the pledge, in addition to being suspension measures based on the Quarantine Act, the traveler may be subject to the following;
-The travelers name, nationality, and information that may contribute to the prevention of the spread of infection may be publicized. The traveler may also be subjected to revocation of his/her status of residence and deportation proceeding.
Format of Written Pledge

4. Carrying a smartphone and installing necessary applications
In order to carry out the pledges in the written pledge, a traveler needs to have a smartphone that can use the necessary applications (e.g. showing location information). If a traveler does not own a smartphone that does not allow installation of necessary apps, he/she is required to rent a smartphone at the airport at his/her own expenses upon arriving in Japan.
Information from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

5. Submission of Questionnaire
Contact information such as email address and phone number should be confirmed at the time of quarantine for health follow-up during the first 14 days after entry. A traveler can answer the questionnaire on the following entry form in advance of arrival to Japan.
Questionnaire Entry From 

6. During the quarantine period 
It is not possible to use public transportation including taxi or domestic flight from airport to the place of residence in Japan. A traveler is required to arrange private transportation such as transportation by his / her friend or family in advance of departure from Norway.
When it is not possible to arrange private transportation, he / she is require to stay at an accommodation near the port of entry that is arranged by himself / herself throughout the quarantine period for 14days.

For details of quarantine regulation, please inquire directly the relevant Japanese Quarantine Stations in Japan:
Conctact list of Japanese Quarantine Stations