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

Updated January 17 Change of self-quarantine period after entry into Japan

Based on New Border Measures (25), from 0:00 am (JST) on January 15, 2022,  for all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant), the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodations after their entry into Japan, to follow-up checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation is changed from 14 days to 10 days.

Countries/regions where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant are to be specified separately. 
For all cross-border travelers and returnees from the specified countries/regions, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodations after their entry into Japan, to follow-up checks conducted by the HCO and to refrain from using public transportation is 14 days.
 
For details, please check here.

Updated December 3  Suspension of visa validity(Added on January 13, 2022)

From 0:00 am (JST) December 2, 2021, as emergency precautionary measure from a preventive perspective against coronavirus variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), validity of visas already issued by December 2, 2021 are suspended except for the status of residence of “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Diplomat” for the time being.
Because of the above, students with the status of residence of “Student” that already have visa issued by the embassy due to “Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances” (mainly students with 1584 printed in the upper right-hand corner of your COE), cannot enter Japan for the time being. Please be especially aware.
There are also other updates on conditions regarding permission of entering the country due to “Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances”. For details, please check the website of Immigration Services Agency of Japan.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section4

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section7

 

 

Updated November 30  Regarding suspension of measures to shorten the quarantine period for valid vaccination certificate holders(Added on January 12, 2022)

On January 11, the Japanese government announced the implementation of “New measures for border enforcement (24)” and has stated to suspend the following until February 28, 2022:

・ Acceptance of visa applications & processing and issuance of screening certificates by MEXT for new entry based on "New measures for border enforcement (19)"
・ New entry of foreign nationals
・ Exemption from the 3-day mandatory quarantine for valid vaccination certificate holders (for re-entry / returning residents)
・ Measures to shorten the quarantine period for valid vaccination certificate holders (14 days → 10 days) (*Not applicable to new entrants at Keio University)
・*Please check the websites below for details on these measures and more.

Please refer here for procedures regarding new entries to Japan at Keio University.

[Relevant Websites]
Available in English
■Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

Available only in Japanese
■水際対策強化に係る新たな措置(25) (オミクロン株に対する水際措置の強化)[厚生労働省]
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000881575.pdf
■水際対策強化に係る新たな措置(24) (オミクロン株に対する水際措置の強化の継続)[厚生労働省]
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000878508.pdf
■水際対策強化に係る新たな措置(19)について[厚生労働省]
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00318.html
■新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する新たな水際対策措置(オミクロン株に対する水際措置の強化)[外務省]
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pcwideareaspecificinfo_2021C145.html
■新型コロナウイルス感染症の拡大防止に係る上陸拒否等について[出入国在留管理庁]
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/hisho06_00099.html
 

Updated: Nov. 15, 2021

Revision of restrictions on new entry for foreign nationals

The Government of Japan has announced the review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals into Japan. For further details, please visit here.

 

Updated: Oct. 7, 2021(Added on January 12, 2022)

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates Valid for Entry into Japan from Abroad (This measure has been terminated until February 28, 2022)

With a valid vaccination certificate, you can shorten your quarantine period of 14 days at home or in the place you're staying if you satisfy some prescribed requirements. Please be sure to check the details.

Conditions for new entries into Japan

Important Note

The Government of Japan has announced the review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals into Japan. For further details, please visit here.
 

Conditions for re-entry

Important Note

Please make sure to check the latest government information, etc., by yourselves. It may change without prior warning.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: "Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)"
 
 

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 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

*The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in certain countries/regions designated in response to coronavirus variants of special concern on border measures within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied for the time being.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section2

Please confirm whether or not you meet the following conditions for re-entry.
 
(1) Persons who have available re-entry permit (special re-entry permit) at this moment.
“Letter of Confirmation of Submitting the Required Documentation for Re-entry to Japan” which had been required from September 1, 2020 to October 30, 2020 is not required anymore. 
 
(2) Persons who departed Japan with a re-entry permit (special re-entry permit system) by August 31, 2020, 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.
 
 
[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 Japan from overseas.

Procedures for returning to Japan from overseas

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

 

You must all take care not to come to any of Keio University 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. Install necessary applications on your smartphone
5. Prepare for submission of Questionnaire
6. Undergo a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Japan
7. Submit "Written Pledge" and "Questionnaire" at the quarantine of airport in Japan
8. Stay at home, etc., for a period of 14 days* starting from the day after arriving in Japan
9. Contact the Keio University Health Center at your main campus and receive instructions on how to gain the "Permission of Return to Campus"
 
For details, please check the website on returning to or entering Japan from overseas.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

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

 
When 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. 
 

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 a hotel you have reserved by yourself, etc if you do not have your own residence in Japan. Places secured by the host company/organization (a facility with private rooms that can be managed in a way that fully ensures no contact with others). 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. You cannot change the check-in date even if self-quarantine period will be shorten after entering Japan.
 
 
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: “About new measures related to border measures”
(Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html

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. 
 
Airports also provide some information regarding transportation from the airport for passengers entering/returning to Japan.

4. Install necessary applications on your smartphone

In order to carry out the pledges in the written pledge, you need to have a smartphone that can use the necessary applications (e.g., showing location information). If you do not own a smartphone or if you own a smartphone that does not allow the installation of necessary apps, please rent a smartphone at the airport at your expense upon arriving in Japan. 
Regarding the use of apps following your arrival: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000753114.pdf

5. Prepare for submission of Questionnaire

At the quarantine, contact information such as email address and phone number will be confirmed at the time of quarantine for health follow-up during the first 14 days* after the etry. Please write correct contact information that can be used by the applicant can use in Japan.
 
 【Notes on the Questionnaire】
Please fill in the questionnaire from the website below before your arrival. Save the issued QR code and show it to the quarantine officer when you enter to Japan. 

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

All those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan (including Japanese nationals) are also subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival no matter whether arriving from the countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan or not until further notice. Then they are required to stay 14 days* at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (own residence etc.) and to refrain from using public transportation.
 
*For travelers arriving from the countries/regions with community transmission of coronavirus variants of concern and countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus, the following additional measures will be implemented to “designates countries/regions in response to coronavirus variants with special concern in terms of border measures”.
-Stay for several days (depends on countries/regions) at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station).
-In addition, those who obtain negative results of all COVID-19 tests conducted after few days (depends on countries/regions) entered into Japan, may leave the facilities, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days* after the entry into Japan at a location designated by the Quarantine Station (own residence etc.) 
 
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)

7. Submit "Written Pledge" and "Questionnaire" at the quarantine of airport in Japan

All entrants including Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days*, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days*, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged.) They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) Open a New Window when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply:
(ⅰ) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.
(ⅱ) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days*
 
 
Also, submit (or show) the issued QR as in "5. Prepare for submission of Questionnaire", to the quarantine officer when you enter to Japan.

8. 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.
 
For travelers arriving from the countries/regions with community transmission of coronavirus variants of concern and countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus, the following additional measures will be implemented to “designates countries/regions in response to coronavirus variants with special concern in terms of border measures”.
-Stay for several days (depends on countries/regions) at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station).
-In addition, those who obtain negative results of all COVID-19 tests conducted after few days (depends on countries/regions) entered into Japan, may leave the facilities, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days* after the entry into Japan at a location designated by the Quarantine Station (own residence etc.) 
 

*Information about COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates Valid for Entry into Japan from Abroad (This measure has been suspended until February 28, 2022)

With a valid vaccination certificate, you can shorten your quarantine period of 14 days at home or in the place you're staying if you satisfy some prescribed requirements. Please be sure to check the details.

 
 

9. Contact the Keio University Health Center at your main campus and receive instructions on how to gain the "Permission of Return to Campus"

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 contact the Keio University Health Center at your main campus and receive instructions on how to gain the "Permission of Return to Campus".
 
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

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: "Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel” 
 
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/isa/hisho06_00099.html
 
Ministry of Justice: “List of information related to COVID-19”

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)): hiyoshi_ic@info.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