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Immigration Update - Japan | Release of new format of the Disembarkation Card for Foreign Nationals and Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants

Posted: 22/04/2016              Author: Tomiko Suzuki

Immigration Bureau of Japan released a new format of Disembarkation Card for foreign nationals and Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants.

In general, Disembarkation Card needs to be completed by foreign Nationals who does not have the landing permit or their landing permit is less than 3 months stay in Japan. Hence, upon arrival in Japan, they need to complete this form before clearing their entry into Japan at the airport immigration checkpoint.

Foreign Nationals who have the landing permit over 3 months period of stay in Japan will apply the Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED) for Re-entrants. When they leave Japan, they need to complete this form regardless whether they will be leaving Japan temporarily or if they do not plan to re-enter Japan.

Please find the changes below:-

Disembarkation Card

  • The new Disembarkation Card will no longer have boxes such as "nationality/region", "sex" and "passport number".
  • In order to prevent the omission of necessary information, the sections for "answers to required questions" and "signature" are moved to the front of the Disembarkation Card for foreign nationals. Previously, these sections were placed at the back of the Card. 

Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants

  • Re-entrants no longer required to select either "Re-entry Permission" or "Special Re-entry Permission" on the Embarkation Card for Re-entrants but he/she will have to fill in whether or not he/she intends to re-enter Japan. Please refer to the following samples.

 

Below are the Questions & Answers (Q&A) pertaining to the above new changes:-

Q1: Does this mean I will no longer be able to use the old format?
A: You will be able to continue using both the Disembarkation Card for Foreign Nationals and Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants for the time being.

Q2: If I use the old Embarkation Card for Re-entrants, which box should I check a to indicate I intend to re-enter Japan.
A: If you are using the old format, please check a as given below.

Q3: If I plan to re-enter Japan, will I have to select whether I am departing with re-entry permission or special re-entry permission at the time of my departure as before?
A: You will not be required to make this selection since the immigration inspector will carry out the procedures making a decision based on the intended period out of Japan which you will have given in your Embarkation and Disembarkation Card.

Q4: Why is it that foreign nationals who possess "re-entry permission", which still has time remaining on it, have to hand in an Embarkation Card for Re-entrants even if they do not plan to re-enter Japan?
A: Mid to long-term residents are subject to the Residential Basic Book system, which is why we need to confirm whether or not the foreign national intends to re-enter Japan.

Q5: Will I be able to use the new card before April 1?
A: You will not be able to use the new card before April 1.

For more details, please click on the link below regarding the announcement from Immigration Bureau: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/re-ed/EDcard_leaf_en.pdf

The format changes on ED Card have minimal impact for foreign nationals working and living in Japan. Foreign nationals only need to ensure that correct information is completed on ED Card when entering and leaving Japan. 

Should you have any questions, please contact:-

Tomiko Suzuki
Immigration Manager
Santa Fe Relocation Services Japan
Tel: +81 3 3589 0786
Mob: +81 90 4067 5605
Email: Tomiko.Suzuki@SantaFeRelo.com

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