Upon re-entry /entry to Japan (COVID-19)

Updated: October 15, 2020

Conditions for re-entry

The procedures for re-entry to Japan for all foreign nationals currently residing overseas are as follows. After confirming whether or not you meet the conditions for re-entry, please follow the prescribed procedures and re-enter the country.

If you are Japanese returning from abroad, please check the website on Procedures for returning to or entering Japan from overseas.

You must all take care not to come to any of Keio University’s campuses, Keio University’s student dormitories, etc.,  until the conclusion of the quarantine period.
These procedures may change without prior warning. Please make sure to check the latest government information, etc., by yourselves.

1. Confirmation of conditions for re-entry

 
All foreign nationals currently residing overseas who intend to re-enter Japan must first confirm whether or not they meet the conditions for re-entry.
 
[Reference site]
Re-entry of foreign nationals with a status of residence
 
Although details are provided at the above websites, you are required to satisfy one of the following conditions:
 
(1) Persons who departed Japan with a re-entry permit (special re-entry permit system) by August 31 and are in possession of a “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting the Required Documentation for Re-entry to Japan” issued by the Japanese embassy or consulate of the country or region where they are staying.
 
(2) Persons who departed Japan with a re-entry permit (special re-entry permit system) by August 31, but could not return to Japan within the period the re-entry permit was valid because the country or region they travelled to was designated as a region for which entry to Japan would be denied.
 
[Important] Re-entry to Japan will be permitted even in cases where a person’s status of residence expired while overseas; however, if (2) applies, it will be necessary to apply for and be issued with a “Certificate of Eligibility (COE)” together with a visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate in the country or region where they are staying.
Please inquire at the supervising office on your campus for information on obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility.
 
Handling of foreign nationals planning to enter Japan
(3) Persons who departed Japan with a re-entry permit from September 1 onward and were issued with a “Receipt” by the Immigration Services Agency of Japan before departure.
 
[Important] It is necessary to be issued with a Receipt from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan before traveling if departing from Japan with a re-entry permit from September 1 onward.  
 
[Reference site]
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions 

2. Procedures from before departure to the quarantine period after entry

 
For details, please check the website on Procedures for returning to or entering Japan from overseas.

Conditions for new entries into Japan

Starting from October 1, 2020, holders of a status of residence of “Student” from all countries and regions will be permitted to enter Japan in stages. Please check the website below for further details.

 
Please note that a Written Pledge is required for a visa application, and for incoming international students at Keio University, Keio University is responsible for filling in and signing the document. Please contact the office in charge of your undergraduate faculty or graduate school for this document. 
Note: The Written Pledge is a prescribed form, and is available in the Japanese only. Download it at the following URL:
 
In addition to procedures 1–6 in “Procedures for returning to or entering Japan from overseas,” you must also follow the procedures below which are detailed in the Written Pledge.
 
1. Be enrolled in private medical insurance at the time of entering Japan
2. Install the LINE app on your smartphone and report your health status using this app for 14 days after entering Japan
3. Install the contact-confirming app designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on your smartphone and use it for 14 days after entering Japan
4. Record and save your location information using a map app, etc., on your smartphone

1. Be enrolled in private medical insurance at the time of entering Japan

In order to avoid expensive medical costs that may arise due to an unexpected accident or illness, you must be enrolled in private medical insurance (including travel insurance that covers medical expenses during your period of stay) at the time of entering Japan, and continue to be covered until you join the Japanese National Health Insurance (NHI).

2. Install the LINE app on your smartphone and report your health status using this app for 14 days after entering Japan

 
Install the LINE app on your smartphone, add "厚生労働省 帰国者フォローアップ窓口" as a friend, and use this to report your health status for 14 days after entering Japan. You will be required to take your temperature daily, so please bring a thermometer.
 
For international students with limited Japanese ability or those who are unable to download and install the LINE app, Keio University will report your health status on your behalf (whether or not you have a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher, cough, sore throat, weariness, or any other symptoms) to the public health center every day. In this case, you need to write Keio University’s address on the Questionnaire, which will be handed out in the airplane (to be submitted at the airport). Please contact the office in charge of your undergraduate faculty or graduate school for details.
 
Questionnaire:
 

3. Install the contact-confirming app designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on your smartphone and use it for 14 days after entering Japan

 
Install the COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) on your smartphone.
About COCOA:
Contact Confirmation Application Privacy Policy:
 

4. Record and save your location information using a map app, etc., on your smartphone

If you test positive within 14 days after entering Japan, you need to present your location data for the time you have been in Japan. Please turn on Location History on Google Maps or Frequent Locations on your iPhone.
 
How to turn on Location History on Google Maps:
(English)
 
How to enable Significant Locations on an iPhone:
Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations or Significant Locations (make sure this is switched ON)
 

Procedures for returning to or entering Japan from overseas

Both Japanese and foreign nationals traveling from abroad must, in principle, follow the procedures below to return to/re-enter/enter Japan.

You must all take care not to come to any of Keio University’s campuses, student dormitories, etc., until the conclusion of the quarantine period. These procedures may change without prior warning. Please make sure to check the latest government information, etc., by yourselves.
 
1. Undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of the departure time for the flight due to be boarded and obtain a “Test Certificate” verifying a negative test result
2. Before departure, secure a place to stay for the duration of the quarantine period after entry to Japan
3. Secure a means of transportation from the airport of arrival to the place where you will be staying for the duration of the quarantine period
4. Undergo a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Japan
5. Stay at home, etc., for a period of 14 days starting from the day after arriving in Japan
6. Undergo an interview for permission to return to campus at the Keio University Health Center
 
For details, please check the website on returning to or entering Japan from overseas.

1. Undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of the departure time for the flight due to be boarded and obtain a “Test Certificate” verifying a negative test result

 
For the latest information regarding the details of re-entry procedure and application methods, please check the websites provided by Japanese Embassy/Consulate.

 

<Additional Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures for the Entry or Re-entry of Foreign Nationals>
From September 1 onwards, if foreign nationals who have a history of staying in an area which is subject to denial of landing enter or re-enter Japan, in principle, additional epidemic prevention and control measures will be required from the standpoint of preventing and controlling epidemics.
(日本語, English, Chinese, Korean)

 

When entering or re-entering Japan, you are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours of your departure (scheduled departure time of your flight) and obtain a certificate showing that the test result is “negative.” You can download the “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” from the website below. 
(English) https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html
*If it is the policy of your home country to not test asymptomatic persons, please travel to a country/region where the PCR test is available, get tested within 72 hours of your departure (scheduled departure time of your flight), and obtain a certificate. If necessary, consult with the relevant local institutions and diplomatic missions. 
 
Countries and regions that require a PCR test within 72 hours of departure are listed under "1. Denial of permission to entry" at the following URL:
*Countries that will require a PCR test within 72 hours of departure are subject to change in the future. Please be sure to visit the above URLs for the latest information. 
 
<外国人の方へ/For foreign nationals>
(English)

2. Before departure, secure a place to stay for the duration of the quarantine period after entry to Japan

 
For 14 days from the day after your arrival (15 nights from the day you arrive), you will need to self-isolate at your home, a hotel you have reserved by yourself, etc. Places you can self-isolate include your home, a relative’s home, a friend’s home, a monthly apartment, or a hotel, etc., you booked yourself (guesthouses and accommodations where common spaces such as toilets and baths are shared by multiple guests are not eligible). Please secure a place where you can self-isolate before coming to Japan. You are responsible for the accommodation fees. 
*During the 14-day self-isolation period, you are not permitted to go out and search for a place to live, etc. Please be sure to find accommodations before coming to Japan.
*Even if you are staying at a Keio University dormitory, you will not be permitted to check-in until you have completed the 14 day self-isolation at a hotel, etc.
 
 
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: “For those who have returned to Japan” (There is a PDF file at the end of the following website.)
(Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00098.html
(Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000656244.pdf

3. Secure a means of transportation from the airport of arrival to the place where you will be staying for the duration of the quarantine period

 
You cannot use public transportation to get from the airport to the place where you will self-isolate, so be sure to arrange your own transportation (own car, rental car, hired driver service (do not take a regular/airport taxi; book a private driver service in advance), etc.) before your arrival. The following website introduces hired driver services and travel agents that provide transportation services that meet the standards. 

4. Undergo a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Japan


A PCR test will be conducted for all persons who stayed in a “country or region subject to refusal of entry” under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact the university (the undergraduate faculty or graduate school you belong to and the Health Center). Report to the Health Center from the following website. If your result is negative, please go to the place you have secured for self-isolation (home, hotel, etc.). You will not be able to use public transportation to make this journey. 
 
Keio University Health Center
If you do not have a keio.jp account, please contact us using the following form.
 
[Reference]
Quarantine Information Office, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Japan
 
Narita Airport 
 
Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport)

5. Stay at home, etc., for a period of 14 days starting from the day after arriving in Japan

 
You will be required to stay at home or in a hotel, etc., for 14 days from the day after your arrival in Japan. As there is a possibility that you are infected, and considering the incubation period, please do not come to the university for 2 weeks. Take and record your temperature every day. Download and use the temperature chart from the following website.
 

6. Undergo an interview for permission to return to campus at the Keio University Health Center

 
If no symptoms appear after 2 weeks from the day you returned to or entered Japan, the period of observation for possible infection will come to an end. Even if you do not show symptoms, all students who have returned to or entered Japan from abroad must undergo an interview to return to campus at the Keio University Health Center.
 
Before you return to campus after 14-day self-isolation period,
(1) complete the "Permission of Return to Campus" form in person, and
(2) submit the form and undergo an interview at the Health Center.
 
Keio University Health Center Phone Number
Hiyoshi Campus: 045-566-1055 
Mita Campus: 03-5427-1607
Shinanomachi Campus: 03-5363-3634
Yagami Campus: 045-566-1456
Shonan Fujisawa Campus: 0466-49-3411
Shiba-Kyoritsu Campus: 03-5400-2626

Reference websites

[1] Various Japanese ministries (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Justice, Immigration Services Agency of Japan)

 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Re-entry of foreign nationals who possess a status of residence” 
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Overseas Safety Home Page”
 
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: “Q&A concerning the substantial strengthening of border controls”
(Japanese)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00001.html
About quarantine
(English, As of March 26,2020)*Information has not been updated.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00003.html
 
Ministry of Justice: “Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19”
Regarding refusal of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19
(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean)
http://www.moj.go.jp/hisho/kouhou/hisho06_00099.html
 
Ministry of Justice: “List of information related to COVID-19”

[2] Information from the Quarantine Information Office

 
For the most up-to-date information, follow the instructions of the quarantine officer upon your arrival at the airport.
Information on procedures at the airport, application forms, and announcements from the Quarantine Information Office are available on the following page.
*You can find a multilanguage questionnaire and health card near the bottom of the above website. 

Inquiries

If you are unsure of who to consult, please contact the office in charge of your undergraduate faculty or graduate school.
 
Mita Campus (Office of Student Services, International Exchange Services Group, Residence Section): ic-zairyu@adst.keio.ac.jp
Hiyoshi Campus (Office of Student Services (International)): ic-hiyoshi@adst.keio.ac.jp
Shinanomachi Campus (Office of Student Services (International)): ic-shinanomachi@adst.keio.ac.jp
Yagami Campus (Office of Student Services (International)): ic-yagami@adst.keio.ac.jp
Shonan Fujisawa Campus (Office of International Affairs): sfc-visa@adst.keio.ac.jp
Shiba-Kyoritsu Campus (Office of Student Services (International)): shiba-international-jimu@adst.keio.ac.jp