Japanese Border Condition and immigration

There is a great news on September 23rd. See this NHK English news on September 23rd. We hope that most of our colleagues positively consider your visit to Japan in 2023 March.

Nevertheless, foreign visitors to Japan are recommended to check the conditions of visa issue and Japanese immigration in the web page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

As of March 1, everyone applying for a Japanese visa needs a receiving party to fill out a form called ERFS — short for 入国者健康確認システム (Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System=ERFS). It’s a system for COVID tracking. The receiving party must be an organization.

Link to ERFS application (Japanese only): https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp
FAQ (Japanese only): https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/faq/newentry.php

Short explanation in English:
https://en.fusuma-info.com/post/what-is-erfs-new-procedures-for-entering-japan
https://japanswitch.com/guide-to-erfs-certificate/

The institutes of the LOC (Kagoshima University and NAOJ) will support for the participant’s ERFS application. Please contact to the LOC co-chairs.

iaus_maser2023_contact _at_ ml.nao.ac.jp