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

Updated on June 1

On May 20, the Japanese government announced the implementation of New Border Measures (28).

From June 1, the requirements to undergo an on-arrival COVID-19 test and the self-quarantine after entry into Japan will be grouped into 3 categories: "Red", "Yellow," and "Blue" according to the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed within 14 days before the day of entry into Japan and whether they have obtained a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

*Please check here for the classification of "Red", "Yellow," and "Blue" countries/regions.

<Group RED>
On-arrival test + 3-day quarantine at a specified facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station (with negative PCR test result at the facility)
*If you have a valid vaccination certificate, entry will be treated the same as "Yellow"; see below.

<Group YELLOW>
On-arrival test + 3-day quarantine at a self-arranged hotel or your own home (private room) with negative result of a voluntary PCR test. Without voluntary test, you must quarantine for 7 days.
Quarantine in the university dormitory is not permitted.
*If you have a valid vaccination certificate, entry will be treated the same as "Blue"; see below.

<Group BLUE>
Entrants and returnees are no longer required to take on-arrival PCR tests or quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.

Group

Vaccination certificate

On-arrival Test

Quarantine period and other measures after entry into Japan

Red

No

Required

3-day quarantine at a facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station (with negative PCR test result at the facility)

Yes

3-day quarantine at a self-arranged hotel or your own home (private room) with negative result of a voluntary PCR test, 7-day quarantine without test

(Quarantine in the university dormitory is not permitted.)

Yellow

No

Yes

Not required

Quarantine and other measures are not required

Blue

No

Yes


Conditions for re-entry

Please make sure to check the latest government information regularly. It may change without prior warning.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: "Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)"

After confirming whether or not you meet the conditions for re-entry, please follow the prescribed procedures below to re-enter the country.

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

You are not permitted to enter any of Keio University's campuses, student dormitories, or other facilities until the conclusion of the quarantine period.

Confirmation of conditions for re-entry

Even if you have a valid status of residence, you may be subject to "Denial of re-entry permit (special re-entry permit)". Please check the following website for more details.
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)Those who currently have valid re-entry permits (special re-entry permits).
The "Letter of Confirmation of Submitting the Required Documentation for Re-entry to Japan" which was required from September 1, 2020 to October 30, 2020 is no longer required.
(2)Those who departed Japan with a valid re-entry permit (special re-entry permit system) before August 31, 2020 and could not return within the period the re-entry permit was valid because the country or region travelled to was designated by the Japanese government as a no re-entry region.

[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, they must apply for and be issued 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.

[Relevant websites]
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates, and Permanent Missions

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 are not permitted to enter any of Keio University's campuses, student dormitories, or other facilities until the conclusion of the quarantine period. These procedures may change without prior warning.

For the latest updates and details, check the following websites.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html#section1

Before Departure

1.Take a PCR test within 72 hours of the departure time of your flight and obtain a test certificate in the designated format verifying a negative test result
2.Fill out the "Written Pledge"
3.Install the required apps on your smartphone
4.Prepare Questionnaire submission
5.Prepare a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate

Fast Track

Regarding items 1 to 5 above, there is a "Fast Track" that allows you to complete the procedures on the app before entering Japan, thereby simplifying the procedures at the time of entry.
*Fast Track is available for those entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.
Please refer to the website below for more details.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

Visit Japan Web

Visit Japan Web is a web service that visitors (including Japanese and foreigners who have reentry permits) can use for quarantine, immigration, and customs procedures in order to enter Japan. Using this service, customs declarations and registration of foreign immigration records can be done in advance. Please register in advance in combination with Fast Track.
https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en/

After entering Japan

6.Take a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Japan (for students who enter Japan from Red Group with/without a valid vaccination certifiate and Yellow Group without a valid vaccination certificate)
7.Submit the "Written Pledge," "Questionnaire," and a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate at the airport quarantine
8.Quarantine for a period of 7 days at the facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station, a self-arranged hotel, or at yourown home (private room) starting from the day of arrival in Japan
9.Contact the Keio University Health Center at your main campus and receive instructions

Please also check the website below:
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare・Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO)
"To Anyone Entering/Returning to Japan"
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

Keio University Health Center

-If you have recently returned to/entered Japan from another country/region (returnees/new entrants)
-If you have had close contact with someone who recently returned to/entered from another country/region without adequate protection to prevent infection (family or group residences), please visit website below:
http://www.hcc.keio.ac.jp/en/infection/coronavirus.html

1. Take a PCR test within 72 hours of the departure time of your flight and obtain a "Test Certificate" in the designated format verifying a negative test result

All entrants must take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure (the scheduled departure time of flight) and present a valid certificate of inspection issued by a medical institution.

All travelers, including Japanese nationals, who do not submit a certificate verifying a negative test result will be denied entry into Japan in accordance with the Quarantine Act.

Please be sure to check the following Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website for details:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000807573.pdf

You can download the Valid Format of Certificate for Negative Test Result from the website below:
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html

2. Fill out the "Written Pledge"

Check the following information by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare:

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00249.html

3. Install the required apps on your smartphone

In order to carry out the steps detailed in the written pledge, you need to have a smartphone that can access the necessary apps (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 arrival.

Check the following website for details:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00250.html

4. Prepare Questionnaire submission

For health follow-ups during the quarantine period after re-entry, you must submit your contact information, such as e-mail address and phone number, at the time of quarantine. In the questionnaire, please be sure to enter the e-mail address and telephone number that you will use in Japan.

5. Prepare a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate

If you wish to shorten the quarantine period, prepare a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Vaccination certificates are valid only if they meet certain conditions. Please read the following pdf file for details.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/border_vaccine.html

6. Take a PCR test at the airport of entry

For those who enter Japan from Red Group with/without a valid vaccination certifiate and Yellow Group without a valid vaccination certificatemust take a PCR test at the airport. If the test result is positive, please contact the university (faculty or graduate school to which you belong and the Keio University Health Center).

Please report to Keio University Health Center with the following form.
https://form-m.keio.ac.jp/hcc/form-en.html

If the PCR test upon arrival at the airport is a negative result, you may use public transportation within 24 hours of the test. Please note that you must go directly to your home or a pre-arranged hotel. You may not stop at any other location.

7. Submit the "Written Pledge," "Questionnaire," and a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate at the airport quarantine (Fast track users should present the MySOS screen)

Please see the following page for details about the "Written Pledge," "Questionnaire," and valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate:
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

For Fast Track users:
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

8. Quarantine at the facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station, a self-arranged hotel, or at your own home (private room) starting from the day of arrival in Japan


Based on the "New Border Measures (28)", the requirements to undergo an on-arrival COVID-19 test and the self-quarantine period after entry into Japan have been changed from June 1, 2022. Please refer here for the classification of "Red", "Yellow" and "Blue" countries/regions.

【From June 1】

Group

Vaccination certificate

On-arrival Test

Quarantine period and other measures after entry into Japan

Red

No

Required

3-day quarantine at a facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station (with negative PCR test result at the facility)

Yes

3-day quarantine at a self-arranged hotel or your own home (private room) with negative result of a voluntary PCR test, 7-day quarantine without test

(Quarantine in the university dormitory is not permitted.)

Yellow

No

Yes

Not required

Quarantine and other measures are not required

Blue

No

Yes

*You are required to present proof of vaccination at the airport.

*If you have been identified as a close contact or tested positive, you will need to quarantine for 7 days, and the period cannot be shortened.

Please check your temperature and take note of your health daily for 10 days after entering Japan.

9. Contact the Keio University Health Center at your main campus and receive instructions if you have any symptoms

If you do not have any symptoms and the quarantine period instructed has passed from the date of entry, quarantine is finished.

If you have any symptoms at the end of the quarantine period instructed, please refrain from entering the campus and be sure to register your details on the Report Form below:

Report Form (not including university students who belong to Shinanomachi campus)
https://form-m.keio.ac.jp/hcc/report-coronavirus-en.html

Reference websites

FAQs
(English) https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/faq/en.php

Ministry of Justice: "Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)"
(English)http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/hisho06_00099.html

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel" (English) https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: "Border Enforcement Measures Japan"

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Overseas Safety Home Page"

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: "FAQs on New Border Measures"

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