Re-entry Permit System / 再入国許可制度

Re-entry Permit System / 再入国許可制度

Foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and resident card (*1) who will be reentering Japan within 1 year of their departure to continue their activities in Japan (*2) will, in principle, not be required to apply for a re-entry permit. (This is called a special re-entry permit.)

When you leave Japan, be sure to present your residence card and tick the column indicating your intention of departure by the Special Re-entry Permit System on an embarkation card for re-entrant.

Foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on a special re-entry permit will not be able to extend that permit while abroad. Please note that such foreign nationals will lose their resident status if they fail to re-enter Japan within 1 year of their departure (*2).

NOTE:
(*1) If a person has a passport containing a statement to the effect that the residence card shall be delivered later, or has an alien registration certificate that is deemed to be a residence card, such person for whom a status of residence of “Diplomat” or “Official” has been determined, and staff working at the office in Japan of the East Asia Relations Commission or the Permanent General Mission of Palestine for whom a status of residence of “Designated Activities” has been determined and family members thereof are also eligible for the Special Re-entry Permit.

(*2) If your period of stay expires within 1 year after your departure, please ensure that you re-enter Japan before the expiration of your period of stay.

For more information:
Immigration Bureau of Japan - New Format of the Re-entry and Embarkation Card
Immigration Bureau of Japan - New Format of the Re-entry and Embarkation Card