This page provides information about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for iCLA students. Please be sure to check this page regularly for the latest information (make sure to check the entire page as we update relevant sections), as the situation in Japan changes frequently.
General Information of the Courses for Fall 2020
(Updated August 6th)
In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the courses in Fall 2020 at iCLA will be conducted mostly online. Students can register for, attend, and earn credits for the classes offered online which can be taken remotely in Japan or from abroad (with the exception of a few workshops) using Zoom (free software available online). However, students are allowed to be on campus to be in the environment where support for studying is available. For example, classrooms will be available for use if students would like to study in the iCLA building, computers can be borrowed on a daily basis, and free Wi-Fi is available on campus (conditions apply). Additionally, advisors will be physically on campus to provide support for the study, and students can consult them directly as needed.
Travel Restrictions to Japan
(Updated August 6th)
Announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Re-entry of foreign nationals who possess the status of residence
On July 29 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that students, who left Japan before the day when the country or region where such students are currently staying was subject to denial of permission to entry into Japan, are allowed to re-enter Japan from 5th August 2020 after completing certain procedures.
Official announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
List of countries/regions which have been denied entry
- This applies to the following students:
- Students who departed Japan with a special re-entry permit or re-entry permit before the entry restrictions were placed.
- Students whose residence card is still valid (has not gone past the expiry date)
**This re-entry to Japan does NOT apply to students whose residence card is invalid and who currently hold the Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) as entry restrictions have not been lifted.
- For students who would like to re-enter Japan
According to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, upon arrival to Japan, students are required to find an accommodation to be in self-quarantine for 14 days and arrive at their destination without using public transport.
♦ Regarding accommodation, you must contact the iCLA Administrative Office before purchasing a flight ticket to Japan if
a) you are UNABLE to find an accommodation to be in self-quarantine for 14 days
b) you are an iCLA dormitory resident
♦ For those who are ABLE to find an accommodation to be in self-quarantine for 14 days, please inform the iCLA Administrative Office of the following.
a) Return date to Japan
b) Transportation method from the airport to the place to be in self-quarantine
c) Address of the place to be in self-quarantine
*Please make sure to keep an eye out for the information sent from the iCLA Administrative Office. When asked to respond, please do so promptly.
- What you need to do before coming to Japan
- Read the below link and understand the process and required documents for re-entry.
- Obtain the “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” from the Japan Embassy in the country you reside
**As this is issued on a first-come first-served basis we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
- Purchase the flight ticket.
- Take the PCR test.
→ Must be conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight.
- Have the “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” filled in and signed by the medical institution where you took the test.
**The result must be negative.
- What you need to do after you arrive in Japan
- Submit the “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” to the quarantine officer at the airport.
- Submit the “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” to the immigration officer at the airport.
** If you do not submit the above documents, you are denied entry into Japan.
- You will be requested to put yourself in self-quarantine for 14 days.
For the latest information about Suspension of Visas, Restrictions on Entry to Japan, Quarantine Measures, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html (English)
State of Emergency Announced For Yamanashi Prefecture
(Updated July 31st)
On May 25th, the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency in all prefectures of Japan.
Although restrictions are gradually being relaxed, it is important to not let one’s guard down since the fight against the virus is expected to be stretched out over the long term. As such, the national and local governments continue to request people and businesses to abide by measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
The government of Yamanashi prefecture has extended its request for everyone’s continuing cooperation with prevention measures against the spread of the coronavirus during the period from August 1st to August 31st. The period and details of the current request for cooperation may change depending on the forthcoming situation.
Reference (English): https://www.pref.yamanashi.jp.e.aao.hp.transer.com/koucho/coronavirus/info_coronavirus_emergencymeasures7.html
Reference (Japanese): https://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/koucho/coronavirus/info_coronavirus_emergencymeasures7.html
General information about the coronavirus in Yamanashi is available in multiple foreign languages through the links below:
Recently, the number of new daily cases in Tokyo has been on the rise with a major proportion of cases being people in their 20s and 30s.
Accordingly, the iCLA Administrative Office would like to urge everyone to observe the following measures to minimize the risk of spread of infection and ensure the health and safety of everyone in the community.
- Do not make any unnecessary or non-urgent outings.
- Do not gather in large groups.
- Practice physical distancing as much as possible.
- Wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice cough etiquette.
- Avoid the “three C’s” (Closed spaces, Crowded spaces, Close-contact settings).
- Refrain from entering and exiting places where many people may gather and possibly create congestion. (dining in groups/meetings/drinking parties, use of Karaoke and fitness clubs, participation in cultural centers, use of movie theaters, pachinko parlors, arcades, etc.)
- Download the COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) smartphone app:
Apple – App Store
Android – Google Play
- Register for the Yamanashi Prefecture Official LINE Account (Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure Personal Support) (Japanese only)
We ask for your ongoing understanding and cooperation to minimize the risk of spread of infection and ensure the health and safety of everyone in the community.
It is to be noted that, in many of the medical institutions in Japan, especially those around the university campus, it is highly unlikely that medical services will be available in a foreign language. There are no hospitals where medical services can be provided in English nor Chinese and university staff will not be able to provide medical interpretation. We would appreciate your kind understanding on this matter.
- If a student is not feeling well prior to departure to Japan:
Please check the student’s respective Government’s policy as well as the respective Japanese Embassy/Japanese Consulate’s official home page (if no relevant information is available on home page, contact directly) and follow travel procedures accordingly. Contact iCLA immediately to inform of the student’s health situation and updated travel plans.
- If a student is not feeling well after departure from respective country and arrival in Japan:
Inform the Immigration Services Agency at the port of entry into Japan (e.g. Narita Airport/ Haneda Airport) and follow instructions directly provided. Contact iCLA immediately to inform of student’s health situation and instructions received from the immigration authorities.
- If a student is not feeling well after entering Japan and en route to iCLA:
Immediately inform iCLA so advice can be provided on necessary actions to take.
iCLA Administrative Office
Visit the following links for the latest information:
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Yamanashi Prefectural Office