The government has begun accepting applications from foreign nationals seeking entry and re-entry to Japan, allowing some workers and international students to come back into the country starting next week, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

An official from the Foreign Ministry who is overseeing the affairs of non-Japanese confirmed Thursday that starting Wednesday, Japan is set to allow the return of all foreign nationals, including international students and workers, with valid visa statuses who had left Japan before the entry ban was imposed.

Foreign nationals regardless of their nationality can seek such permission and will be allowed to enter once they meet entry requirements.