COVID-19 Work Abroad Update - Japan

Find out more about the Japanese working holiday visa,

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COVID-19 Work Abroad Update - Japan

(updated 04/02/2021)

The Japanese government put a temporary ban on UK arrivals from the 24th December 2020 - 7th March 2021. Additionally there is a temporary halt on visa issuing.

Visa applications / processing

  • The Japanese Government have put a temporary halt on visa issuing, when they resume the below information will be required.
  • You will be required to have a pledge letter for your visa appointment if you are looking to travel to Japan soon. This letter will be provided by our in-country partners. This holds them responsible for ensuring you follow all the COVID-19 quarantine rules on arrival, in addition to supporting you through your entire stay in Japan.
  • For UK nationals there will be additional visa application documents required by the embassy. There is an extra fee of £180 for this. We only expect this fee to be in place whilst there are additional application measures for the visa application and pledge letter requirement.

Entry into Japan

  • Japan borders are temporarily closed for working holiday makers, once they open the following will apply.
  • You will need to show a negative PCR COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to travel (at an additional cost to you).
  • You will need a negative test on arrival to Japan.
  • You will need to quarantine for 15 nights on arrival. Our partners have located a hotel within 5 minutes of our Tokyo support centre ( Approx £375 - £400 for the 15 nights).
  • You will need to have a private transfer to the hotel (Narita approx. £90 / Haneda £40).

What if my programme gets cancelled or I can’t travel due to COVID-19?

Please see here for further information on our COVID-19 Booking Promise.

I was due to go on the Work Japan programme in 2020 and this didn’t go ahead. What happens to my booking?

You can discuss your booking and review your options with one of our team. Please email them on members@bunac.org.

For more information on the Work Japan programme please see here.