July 3, 2020

Japan: Introduction of Tuberculosis screening for certain nationalities

It is expected that from July 1st, 2020, Japan will introduce Tuberculosis screening for citizens applying for Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) or Japanese visas from the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar. These individuals will need to provide a tuberculosis (TB) clearance certificate as part of their application process. Failure to provide this document will lead to the rejection of their CoE or Japanese visa application.

What has changed?

Until recently, Japan has not required any medical exams as part of their immigration application process. However, as part of their efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the country recently introduced Covid-19 testing for entrants. Now, pending formal confirmation from the Japan Immigration Services Agency (ISA), foreign nationals holding passports from Philippines, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar will be required to obtain a TB clearance certificate as part of their CoE or Japanese Visa application process. The document will need to be obtained from a specially designated medical facility and submitted to either the ISA in Japan, or during the visa application process at a Japanese consular post.

Exemptions to the TB clearance certificate will be made for passport holders of the above-mentioned countries if their current place of residence is outside of their country of nationality.

For further information on country specific medical checks required for immigration applications, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team. 


Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over fifteen years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends, and currently serves as a member of the Worldwide ERC (WERC) Immigration Advisory Council.

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