Coronavirus and Residency Status

Nikkei Newspaper

Major countries in Europe, the US and Asia are easing watertight regulations to combat new coronaviruses. For example, in the UK, it is reported that from February 11, 2022, people who have received two doses of the vaccine will not be required to undergo inspections after entering the English regions.

The move is said to be due to the fact that the Omicron variant of the disease has already spread to many countries, making it less effective in preventing waterborne outbreaks, and the number of people seriously ill has not increased compared to previous epidemics.

On the other hand, Japan is the only major country in the world that has suspended the entry of new foreign nationals, and this measure is expected to continue until the end of February 2022.

While waterfront measures are important, there are growing calls from industry and international students for a relaxation. While students from Japan are welcome at universities in the US and elsewhere, overseas students are not allowed to travel to Japan, and there is a risk that exchange programs may be frozen,” they said, calling for immediate action.

The coronavirus and its countermeasures have had a significant impact on the status of residence and re-entry of foreign nationals.

It is essential to keep a close eye on the latest information and to take the best possible measures at any given time. For the latest information, please refer to the respective pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration and Naturalization Agency.

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