Index of Novel Coronavirus announcements
- March 12, 2020
- Keywords: Info, Students
[Last updated on: April 28, 2021]
This page gives an overview of Coronavirus-related announcements made by Kobe University in English.
*For announcements in Japanese, please see this page.
|Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures|
LEVEL 2, with a couple of categories at LEVEL 1 (As of January 13, 2021)
Messages and Warnings
April 26, 2021
Main Information: Important message from President Fujisawa about the current State of Emergency and the novel coronavirus situation
April 16, 2021
Main Information: President Fujisawa's message of support and encouragement to students in light of the recent rapid increase in coronavirus cases across Hyogo Prefecture and Osaka.
April 1, 2021
Main Information: Hyogo Precture is continuing to experience a high number of new daily cases. Students are urged to follow the extra precautions in the Prefectural Governor's new message.
April 28, 2021
Main Information: Message from Executive Vice President Ohmura about the conduction of classes and extracurricular activities during the current State of Emergency (April 26, 2021~).
April 19, 2021
Main Information: Due to the recent widespread increase in coronavirus cases, some classes will be held remotely instead of face-to-face.
March 17, 2021
Main Information: Information about Library Services, the opening times of specific libraries and infection prevention measures during AY 2021 (from April 6 onwards). Updated on April 26, to include changes to opening hours and maximum time in each library due to the State of Emergency
March 17, 2021
Main Information: How to borrow materials held by the libraries via post for those who have difficulty coming to the university in the 2021 academic year (from April 6 onwards).
Immigration and Residence Information
November 4, 2020 *updated on March 11, 2021.
Main Information: Information about the proceedures for re-entering Japan for Foreign Nationals, in addition to important details re. quarantine, transportation and accommodation. Additional information re. the pledge that all re-entrants must sign as well as the post-arrival proceedure for those who have stayed in countries with coronavirus variants of concern has been added on March 11, 2021.
September 23, 2020
Main Information: From October 1, the following categories will be reduced to Level 1: Research Activities, Classes, Coming to University (students) and Extracurricular Activities (students). All other categories will remain at Level 2.
Health and Daily Life
Support and Financial Aid
July 27, 2020
Main Information: List compiled by MEXT detailing the various kinds of support available to international students in Japan in the face of novel coronavirus-related circumstances (including financial and visa-related help).
Regarding the Kobe University International Student Support Association’s “COVID-19 countermeasure special loan
June 29, 2020
Main Information: Details regarding the special loan that international students who are struggling financially due to coronavirus related circumstances can apply for.
August 25, 2020
Main Information: Details about the procedures for entering and re-entering Japan for Foreign Nationals, in addition to important information re. quarantine, transportation and accommodation.
July 9, 2020
Main Information: Detailed info about validation extensions for the Certificate of Eligibility. Also, links to information about entry permission, landing restrictions and quarantine.
February 5, 2021
Main Information: During the spring vacation (2/9-4/5) libraries will be open from 9am-5pm weekdays (the hours for the Library for Social Sciences are slightly different), infection prevention measures will be enforced, and there will be some limits on the number of people using each library at the same time. See the link above for more information.
February 5, 2021 (updated with information regarding spring vacation and semester 1)
Main Information: How to borrow materials held by the libraries via post for those who have difficulty coming to the university.
February 5, 2021
Main Information: Dates for class registration and commencement. The majority of classes will be conducted remotely with some held face-to-face under strict infection prevention measures.
December 15, 2020
Main Information: Reminder for students about continuing to be careful and practise infection prevention measures over the holiday period.
October 21, 2020
Main Information: The offices were reopened on October 21 following a lockdown due to 3 cases of novel coronavirus.
September 25, 2020
Main Information: From October 1, Kobe University members can use their student or library card to enter the libraries as normal, libraries will be open from 9am-5pm weekdays, infection prevention measures will be enforced, and there will be limits on the number of people using each library at the same time (Please note that the usage restrictions for the Library for Medical Sciences are different). See the link above for more information.
September 23, 2020
Main Information: Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures will be reduced to Level 1, with some categories at Level 2, coming into effect on October 1st. An updated table detailing these measures has been posted.
September 18, 2020
Main Information: Majority of classes will be conducted remotely with some held face-to-face under strict infection prevention measures.
July 31, 2020
Main information: Reminder to students to practise infection prevention, especially when going out, and a summary of the Hyogo Prefectural Governor's message about this.
【Update : accepting additional applications】About the Emergency Student Support Handout to enable students to continue their studies
July 6, 2020
Main Information: Additional applications are being accepted for JASSO's Handout (deadline July 17) for those struggling to continue their studies due to coronavirus-related financial difficulties. Please see link for more info.
June 29, 2020
Main Information: Second application period for international students who are struggling financially (deadline: July 10).
June 23, 2020
Main Information: Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures will be reduced from Level 3 to Level 2, coming into effect on June 26. A new table detailing these measures has been posted.
June 3, 2020
Main Information: Updates regarding conduction of semester 2 classes; plus information on visa validity suspensions, entry ban restrictions, PCR testing/quarantine for arrivals.
May 29, 2020
Main Information: About how foreign nationals with a residence status of over 3 months can apply for the Japanese government's relief payments.
May 26, 2020
Main Information: Annoucement from President Takeda about the need to continue taking precautions against infection, Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures being set to Level 3, and financial aid for struggling students.
May 12, 2020
Main Information: The Japanese government's State of Emergency has been extended until May 31. Students are advised to stay at home and staff are advised to work from home where possible.
April 28, 2020
Main Information: Students are strongly reminded to refrain from holding parties etc. with others at home, in dormitories and at eating and drinking establishments etc. to reduce infection risks.
April 28, 2020
Main Information: Information about the Kobe University Activity Restriction Measures, which all staff and students are required to follow to prevent the spread of infection.
April 21, 2020
Main Information: Classes for the first quarter of the Semester (beginning May 7) will be conducted online, Information about how online classes will be conducted and Guidance. Course Registration /textbook purchasing information added on April 21.
April 9, 2020
Main Information: Classes for the first quarter of the semester starting May 7 will be conducted online. Updated information about this and Guidance in the link.
March 19, 2020
Main Information: Travel prohibitions for staff and students, what Kobe University students who are currently abroad should do.
March 11, 2020
Main Information: Don't come to the university if you feel unwell, what to do if you are returning from an infected area/had close contact with an infected person/have symptoms of the virus, list of countries to which travelling is prohibited.
February 17, 2020
Main Information: 1. Staff as well as students are also required to stay at home for 14 days after returning from affected areas/countries. 2. Travel to China (including Hong Kong and Macau) is prohibited for all staff as well as students, in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ announcement on February 12.
February 6, 2020
Main Information: procedure for those returning from affected areas, what to do if diagnosed with novel coronavirus, travel to China (Students: prohibited, Staff: strongly discouraged), everyone must submit notification of all travel plans to the university.
January 29, 2020
Main Information: procedure for those returning from affected areas, infection prevention measures, diagram of the procedure to follow if you feel unwell (refrain from coming to the University).
January 28, 2020
Main Information: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ alert regarding novel coronavirus and links to useful information from the World Health Organization.
Useful links and information (external sites)
Information in English:
- The World Health Organization’s updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Symptom information and prevention advice: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Ministry of Health and Welfare: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/index.html
Information in Japanese:
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ homepage on safety abroad: https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/
- FORTH（Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: quarantine）: https://www.forth.go.jp/index.html
- Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/index.html
- About the outbreak of novel coronavirus related pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html
- Kobe City Infectious Disease Surveillance System: https://kobecity-kmss.jp/
- Kobe University Medical Center for Student Health: http://www.health.kobe-u.ac.jp/
- Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital’s Handbook of measures to prevent novel coronavirus infection for citizens: http://www.hosp.tohoku-mpu.ac.jp/info/information/2326/