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【Alert】concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus [3/27updated]

[Mar.27th]

IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS –  EXPANDED TO 23 COUNTRIES/REGIONS IN EUROPE & THE WHOLE OF IRAN.

Landing of foreign nationals who have been to the following country/region within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan are to be denied:

China (Hubei or Zhejiang Province), Korea (Daegu, Gyeongsang, Cheongdo, Andong, Yeongcheong, Chilgok, Uiseoung, Seongju or Gunwi), Iceland, Iran(all regions)*, Italy(all regions)*, San Marino, Spain(all regions)*, Switzerland(all regions)*, Andorra*, Austria*, Belgium*, Denmark*, Estonia*, France*, Germany*, Ireland,* Liechtenstein*, Luxembourg*, Marta*, Monaco*, Netherlands*, Norway*, Portugal*, Slovenia*, Sweden*, Vatican*

*those who have left these newly added countries/regions before the effective date (3/27 0:00 JST) are not subjected to this restriction.

 

QUARANTINE REQUEST & VISA CANCELATION – NEW COUNTRIES ADDED

Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Israel, Qatar, Bahrain and Democratic Republic of the Congo

The above listed countries are now added to the list and travelers from these regions are asked to:

  1. be quarantined for two weeks at designated area*
  2. avoid the use of public transportation*
  3. also, visa issued by Japanese Embassy in the above listed countries before March 27th are to be invalidated**
  4. visa exemption for visitors from the above listed countries/regions are suspended**

*effective from 3/28 0:00 JST

**holders of residence card are not subjected to visa exemption/invalidation.

[Countries listed so far] China, Korea, Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Marta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, Great Britain, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, Rumania, United States (subjected only to a & b)

 

[Mar.19th updated]

1. IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS EXPANDED*
More provinces in Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Iceland are now added to the list below.
Landing of foreign nationals who have been to the following country/region within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan would be denied:

-[Italy] Liguria, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia or Valle d’Aosta
-[Switzerland] Ticino or Basel-Stadt
-[Spain] Navarre, Basque, Madrid or La Rioja
-[Iceland] all regions

2. QUARANTINE REQUEST*
Visitors from the noted countries* below and Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco or Romania will be requested to stay at the designated location for 14days and not to use public transportation in the country.
*Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Marta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg

3. VISA RESTRICTION*
(1) Suspension of visas issued by the Japanese embassy or consulates located in the countries above list of “2. Quarantine Request” by March 20th
(2) Visa exemptions for the countries above list of “2. Quarantine Request” will be suspended

*1. IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS EXPANDED above will be implemented from midnight on March 19 for the time being.  Those who have left subject country before the effective date (3/19 0:00 JST) are not affected by this restriction
*2. QUARANTINE REQUEST above will be implemented from midnight on March 21 for the end of April. The period of the implementation might be expanded.
*3. VISA RESTRICTION above will be implemented from midnight on March 21 for the end of April. The period of the implementation might be expanded.

Above information is quoted from the official website of the Prime Minister’s Office (Japanese only)
https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/98_abe/actions/202003/18corona.html

 

[Mar.13th updated]

MOFA’s Travel Advisory have been expanded to MORE European & Middle East countries and part of United States (last updated on 12th March)

China
‐Hubei Province: Level 3
‐Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province: Level 3
‐Rest of China: Level 2

South Korea
‐Daegu and North Gyeongsang (Bonghwa, Gyeongsang, Cheongdo, Andong, Yeongcheong, Chilgok, Uiseoung, Seongju and Gunwi): Level 3
‐Rest of Korea: Level 2

Iran
‐Com, Tehran, Guilran, Alborz, Isfahan, Qazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi and Lorestan Province: Level 3
‐Rest of Iran: Level 2

Italy
‐Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Marche and  San Marino: Level 3
‐Rest of Italy including Vatican City: Level 2

Switzerland
‐Ticino: Level 2
‐Rest of Switzerland: Level 1

Spain
‐Madrid, Basque and La Rioja: Level 2
‐Rest of Spain: Level 1

Germany, France, Iceland, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Andorra and Luxembourg : Level 1

Qatar and Bahrain : Level 1

United States
‐Washington State: Level 1

 

[Mar.11th updated]

Immigration Restrictions have been expanded (effective 11th March 12 am JST)                        
Landing of foreign nationals who have been to the following country/region within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan would be denied:

-[China] Hubei or Zhejiang Province

-[Korea] Daegu or North Gyeongsang (Gyeongsang, Cheongdo, Andong, Yeongcheong, Chilgok, Uiseoung, Seongju and Gunwi)

-[Iran] Com, Tehran, Guilran Alborz, Isfahan, Qazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi or Lorestan

[Italy] Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte or Marche

-Republic of San Marino

 

[Mar.10th updated]

MOFA’s travel advisory levels for Iran and Italy have been updated / expanded to some European countries on March 9th as follows:

▼Italy
Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Marche and San Marino: Level 3 (avoid all travel)
Rest of Italy including Vatican City: Level 2 (avoid non-essential travel)
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T052.html (Japanese only)

▼Iran
Com, Tehran, Guilran, Alborz, Isfahan, Qazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi and Lorestan Province: Level 3 (avoid all travel)
Rest of Iran: Level 2 (avoid non-essential travel)
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T053.html (Japanese only)

▼Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain
Level 1 (exercise caution while traveling)
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T054.html (Japanese only)

There is a possibility that there will be further spread of the virus, so please obtain the latest information and act to prevent infection.
Please refrain from unnecessary travel to designated areas, collect the latest information by yourselves, and take great care of your health conditions.

CIE sends you the information related to the novel coronavirus by email and so please regularly check your Waseda mail.

Center for International Education, Waseda University

[For your reference]
Health Support Center website
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/hsc/news-en/647

 

[Mar.6th updated]

▼The Japanese Government has decided to the following implements from 0:00AM Saturday, March 7th.
Denied Entry from Korea and Iran – Some area in Korea and Iran are additionally designated.
Korea: The counties of Gyeongsan, Andong, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, and Gunwi
Iran: The provinces of Ghom, Tehran, and Gilan

▼The Japanese Government has decided to the following implements from Monday, March 9th to Tuesday, March 31st. The outline is as follows.
1. All foreigners including Japanese citizens from China (Including Hong Kong and Macau) and Korea will be requested not to use public transportation and to wait/stay for two weeks at the designated place.
2. Flights from China and Korea are limited to Narita and Kansai International Airports only.
3-1. Suspension of visa issued by Japanese embassy or consulates located in China and Korea
3-2. Suspension of the visa exemption setting from Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea.
※Please refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for details: https://japan.kantei.go.jp/98_abe/actions/202003/_00007.html

▼The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan issued the following information on the risk level of infectious diseases for Korea (level raised in some area).
Daegu Metropolitan City and the counties of Gyeongsan, Andong, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, Seongju and Gunwi in the Gyeongsangbuk-do
Level 3: Avoid all travel. (canceling travels advised) (same assessment as before)
Other areas
Level2: Avoid all non-essential travel. (level raised/same assessment as before)

There is a possibility that there will be further spread of the virus, so please obtain the latest information and act to prevent infection.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pcinfectionspothazardinfo_003.html#ad-image-0 *Japanese Only

 

[Mar.4th updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan issued the following information on the risk level of infectious diseases for Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea (level raised).

●In the Gyeongsangbuk-do: the county of Andong:
Level 3: Avoid all travel. (canceling travels advised) (assessment raised)

●Daegu Metropolitan City and the counties of Gyeongsan, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, Seongju and Gunwi in the Gyeongsangbuk-do
Level 3: Avoid all travel. (canceling travels advised) (same assessment as before)

●Gyeongsangbuk-do (except for the counties of Gyeongsan, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, Seongju, Gunwi and Cheongdo
Level2: Avoid all non-essential travel. (assessment raised)

●Other areas
Level 1: Exercise caution. (same assessment as before)

There is a possibility that there will be further spread of the virus, so please obtain the latest information and act to prevent infection.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T044.html#ad-image-0 *Japanese Only

 

[Mar.3rd updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan issued the following information on the risk level of infectious diseases for Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea (levels for some areas have been raised).

●In the Gyeongsangbuk-do: the counties of Gyeongsan, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, Seongju and Gunwi:
Level 3: Avoid all travel. (canceling travels advised) (assessment raised)

●Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County of Gyeongsangbuk-do
Level 3: Avoid all travel. (canceling travels advised) (same assessment as before)

●Gyeongsangbuk-do (except for the counties of Gyeongsan, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiesong, Seongju, Gunwi and Cheongdo
Level2: Avoid all non-essential travel. (assessment raised)

●Other areas
Level 1: Exercise caution. (same assessment as before)
There is a possibility that there will be further spread of the virus, so please obtain the latest information and act to prevent infection.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pcinfectionspothazardinfo_003.html#ad-image-0 (Japanese Only)

 

[Mar.2nd updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on its Overseas Safety website, has raised the risk level of infectious diseases in Korea, Italy and Iran.

For more detailed information about each country’s policy to travelers from Japan or Japanese citizens, please refer to the website below;
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/covid19/pdfhistory_world.html
*Japanese only

1) Korea
– Daegu area and Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Level 3 (Avoid all travel (Advisory to avoid traveling))
– Other areas
Level 1 (Carefully pay attention to the situation)

https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T040.html
*Japanese only

2) Italy
– Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Aromagna
Level 2 (defer unnecessary travel (Advisory to refrain from unnecessary travel))

https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T041.html
*Japanese only

3) Iran
– Com, Tehran, Guilran Province
Level 3 (Avoid all travel (Advisory to avoid traveling))
– Other areas
Level 2 (defer unnecessary travel (Advisory to refrain from unnecessary travel))

https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T039.html
*Japanese only

 

[Feb. 28th updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on its Overseas Safety website, has raised the risk level of infectious diseases to 1 which is “Carefully pay attention to the situation” for the northern part of Italy.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T037.html#ad-image-0
*Japanese only

1) Immigration restrictions have been EXPANDED (effective 27th February 2020)
Now landing of the following passengers/travelers would be denied:
1) foreign nationals who have been to Hubei/Zhejiang province in China or Daegu and Cheongdo County, North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan
2) holders of Chinese passports issued by Hubei/Zhejiang province

[Feb. 26th updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on its Overseas Safety website, has raised the risk level of infectious diseases to 2 which is “defer unnecessary travel (Advisory to refrain from unnecessary travel)” for Iran.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/od/ryojiMailDetail.html?keyCd=79314
*Japanese only

 

[Feb. 25th updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on its Overseas Safety website, has raised the risk level of infectious diseases to 2 which is “defer unnecessary travel (Advisory to refrain from unnecessary travel)” for Daegu area and Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pchazardspecificinfo_2020T030.html
*Japanese only

 

[Feb. 20nd updated]

Immigration Restrictions imposed by Japanese Authorities, effective 13th  February, 2020:
Now landing of the following passengers/travelers would be denied:
1) foreign nationals who have been to Hubei/Zhejiang province within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan
2) holders of Chinese passports issued by Hubei/Zhejiang province

Japanese authorities remains on high-alert and advises citizens to avoid traveling to the affected area. A number of countries are now taking/expanding immigration measures to curb the spread of the virus, which means traveling to these areas might result in refusal of entry not only to Japan but to other countries/regions as well. We advise you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Japan as further immigration measures are expected to be imposed.

For international students who have completed all of study period at WASEDA University in 2019 fall and still stay in Japan, plan your travel back home carefully to ensure your own safety and not to exceed your length of stay.
In the meantime, if you plan to stay in Japan for a while, please be aware of your visa status and make sure to not exceed period of stay.

 

[Feb. 17th updated]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on its Overseas Safety website, has raised the risk level of infectious diseases to 3 which is “Avoid all travel (Advisory to avoid traveling)” in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province as well as Hubei Province including Wuhan.
In China (excluding Hubei Province and Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province), Hong Kong, and Macau, the risk level is still 2 which is “defer unnecessary travel (Advisory to refrain from unnecessary travel)”
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pcinfectionspothazardinfo_009.html#ad-image-0
*Japanese only

 

[Feb. 14th updated]

1) How to prevent from infection
If you have visited the places where the novel coronavirus has spread and have a fever or respiratory symptoms, immediately consult with health center near your place and follow their instructions.

Please also refer to the web site of Health Support Center and prevent from infection.
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/hsc/news-en/647

 

2) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan again announced that the flights between China and Japan might be canceled or decreased and so instructed that it was recommended to consider immediately going back to Japan if you were in China or postponing flying to China.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/od/ryojiMailDetail.html?keyCd=78727
*Japanese only

Please also check the latest information about flight schedule regularly.

[Some of the airline companies which have already decreased or cancelled their flights]
1) All Nippon Airways (change to small airplane, decrease flights, or cancelled)
Qingdao – Narita
Qingdao – Kansai

2) China Eastern Airlines (decrease flights, partly or all cancelled)
Qingdao – Narita
Qingdao – Kansai
Qingdao – Fukuoka
Qingdao – Nagoya
Yantai – Narita
Yantai – Kansai

[For your reference]
〇All Nippon Airways  https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/international/
〇Air China https://www.airchina.jp/JP/GB/Home
〇China Eastern Airline  https://us.ceair.com/en/
〇Shandong Airlines  http://www.sda.cn/ *Chinese only

 

[As of Jan. 31st]

World Health Organization (WHO) declared outbreak of coronavirus as a global health emergency.
Patients caused by the coronavirus have been identified all over the world.
Please be sure to pay attention to your health condition even before going abroad as well.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has told NOT TO VISIT Hubei Province including Wuhan without any reasons.
If you came from Wuhan and have fever, please contact medical centers in advance and consult a doctor promptly.

We strongly encourage you to wash your hands carefully with hand soap, lead a healthy live in order to prevent from compromising immune systems, avoid crowded places, and wear masks.

Make efforts to get the latest information from the media and related organizations. Maintain good hygiene to prevent infection.

The information below is also helpful for collecting the latest information.

(FYI)
○NHK World News Website
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200122_33/

○Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/

○Health Support Center, Waseda University
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/hsc/news-en/609

○Health Care Room, Waseda University
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/hsc/en/information/healthcare

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