Measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for new incoming international students

  • April 2, 2020
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Notices from the Japanese government

Please see below for details of notices from the Japanese government regarding new restrictions relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

1. The entry ban restriction on arrivals at airports/ports for arrival

(Updated on April 2)
The Government of Japan has decided that for the time being, those who fall under the three categories below are not permitted to land in Japan.

○Foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the following areas within 14 days before arriving in Japan (as of April 2).:

(Asia) China (including Hong Kong and Macau, the same applies hereinafter) , Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan
(Oceania) Australia, New Zealand
(North America) USA, Canada
(South and Central America) Ecuador, Dominica, Chile, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia
(Europe) Iceland, Ireland, Andorra, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, France, Belgium, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Albania, Armenia, United Kingdom, Northern Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, Slovakia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Bulgaria, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania
 (Middle East) Iran, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain
(Africa)   Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Morocco

○Foreign nationals who hold a passport issued by the Hubei/Zhejiang Province Authorities.
○Foreign Nationals aboard a passenger ship which sails for the purpose of entering Japanese port and carries a risk of being afflicted by an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus infectious disease.

Ministry of Justice: Notice on denial of landing

2. Visa restrictions

(Updated on April 2)
The Government of Japan announced on April 1, 2020 that they are suspending the validity of single or multiple-entry visas (including student visas) issued by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in in any country or region.
This measure is enforced from 0:00 am on April 3 until the last day of April. This period may be extended.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Visa Restrictions (As of April 1)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Visa Restrictions (As of March 18)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Visa Restrictions (As of March 27)


3. The request of 14 days quarantine for arrivals

(Updated on April 2)
People arriving from any countries or regions will be required to self-quarantine at their home/place of accommodation for 14 days after entering Japan. You should secure accommodations where you can stay for 14 days. In addition, those people will be required to refrain from using public transportation including trains, buses and taxis in Japan for 14 days after their arrival. This measure is enforced from 0:00 am on April 3 until the last day of April. This period may be extended.

About COVID-19

More information in English about Government measures and multilingual coronavirus support can be found on the Japan National Tourism Organization site:

4. The period of validity for the Certificate of Eligibility due to the effects of COVID-19

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan, Ministry of Justice has announced that in light of the various circumstances associated with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Certificate of Eligibility that is normally valid for “3 months” will be treated as valid for “6 months” for the time being. This measure means that you will be able to use the Certificate of Eligibility for up to six months for visa and landing applications.

(Immigration Services Agency of Japan)
Regarding the period of validity for the Certificate of Eligibility

Kobe University’s measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following are Kobe University’s measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for new incoming international students. These will be updated as new information comes to hand.

【Updated on March 26】

In order to minimize the coronavirus’s impact and disruption on classes, Kobe University has decided to postpone the start date of the spring semester to Monday, April 20.
The university will inform students about the new academic calendar for the Spring 2020 semester once it is available. 

Japanese Language Classes offered by CIE (Center for Internatioanl Education) start from April 20.
CIE updates

1. Kobe University’s Measures/ Restrictions (14 day quarantine)

Students who have departed from or transited through affected areas/ countries* must isolate themselves for 14 days from their date of entry into Japan.

* The following regions listed below are based on the list of designated areas at Infectious Disease Level 2 Level 1 or above to comply with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign affairs. 
【Updated on March 17】The level has been changed from Level 2 to Level 1.

As of March 25:
On March 25, Japan's Foreign Ministry issued a level 2 alert to all over the world.

Students travelling from or through these areas are not allowed to enter the university campus(es) or the school dormitories for 14 days. For those who are planning to move in to a school residence or dormitory, please check in after this period. This 14 day period begins from the following day after you enter Japan. (eg. Entry on April 1 → First available dormitory check-in date is April 16.)      

During the 14-day isolation period, check your temperature (twice a day, morning and night),wash your hands frequently, practice correct “cough etiquette” and monitor yourself for symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Download the checklist (PDF)and monitor your condition.
If seeking medical care, you should wear a surgical mask and contact the student affairs section of your faculty or graduate school ahead of time.

2. 【For new incoming international students travelling from affected areas at Infectious Disease Level 1 above】

The class registration period will be extended until May 1.

3. 【For Degree-seeking students only】

For degree-seeking undergraduate and postgraduate students who unable to arrive Japan due to the effects of the coronavirus, temporary leave for 6 months from April 1, 2020 will be granted upon application. (this period will not be included in the total period of leave.) If required, the leave may be extended for another 6 months under exceptional circumstances.

4. 【For Exchange students】

Please contact the staff at Kobe University if you wish to postpone your starting semester to Fall 2020. Also, please verify this with your home university administration and have them confirm with us. Please note that we cannot immediately guarantee that your postponement will be granted due to the limited capacity of our faculties and accommodation. However, we will do our best to fulfil your requests.  

5. The spring 2020 International student orientation

The spring 2020 International student orientation has been cancelled due to the current situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.
As an alternative, we will provide an Online Orientation for incoming students. Please download and read the handouts, and watch the orientation video before entering Kobe University.

Orientation for New International Students (Spring 2020)

6. Procedures of Residing in Japan at the local authorities after your arrival

Students must submit a “notification of moving in form” at their local municipal office in Japan within 14 days after moving into their new place. However, during the 14 day isolation period, students must refrain from going outside unless absolutely necessary. 
Please read "Procedures at the local municipal office".

7. Cancellation or postponement of all extracurricular activities

(Updated on April 2)
All extracurricular activities have been cancelled or postponed until Sunday April 12. It is forbidden to use all of the University facilities designated extracurricular activities (including pitches, training grounds, gyms, student halls and other shared facilities).