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Call for Caution regarding COVID-19 for new international students

March 27, 2020

To New International Students for Okayama University

Call for Caution regarding COVID-19

We have informed that the novel coronavirus infection has listed as a designated infection by Cabinet decision on January 28, 2020, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the novel coronavirus outbreak as a "public health emergency of international concern" on January 30. In order to prevent the spread of infection by the novel coronavirus, Okayama University requests that the following actions be taken by all new international students.

〇Visa and Quarantine Restrictions

Visa and Quarantine Restrictions




 (Temporarily VISA restrictions)
1. As border measures by the Government of Japan, the primary and multiple visas issued by the Japanese embassy or consulates located in the following countries have been suspended or will be suspended. Also, visa exemption measures have been suspended or will be suspended.
Due to the measures above, new students from the following countries will not be able to enter Japan for the period above measures being implemented.

〇From March 9th till March 31, 2020 (The period is subject to change.)
  China (including Hong Kong and Macau),
  Korea

〇From March 21st till April 30, 2020 (The period is subject to change.)
  Schengen countries (Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece,
  Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
  Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal,
  Malta,Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg), Ireland, Andorra,
  United Kingdom, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican,
  Bulgaria, Monaco, Romania

〇From March 28th till April 30, 2020 (The period is subject to change.)
  Indonesia,Singapore,Thailand,Philippines,Brunei,Vietnam,Malaysia
  Israel,Qatar,Congo,Bahrain


 (Source:Ministry of Foreign Affairs:Visa restrictions announced on March 6, 2020
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs:Visa restrictions announced on March 18, 2020)
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs:Visa restrictions announced on March 27, 2020)


(Denial of Landing)
2. For the time being, Ministry of Justice denies permission to land in Japan to the following foreigners as ones who fall under the Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

    As for Persons subject to the denial of landing, please refer here.


(Those arriving in Japan via any of the regions subject to strengthened quarantine)
3. All persons entering Japan via any of the regions subject to strengthened quarantine within 14 days before arrival (on or after the date added as an area subject to strengthened quarantine), including persons without symptoms of illness, will be requested to stay for 14 days at a place designated by the Quarantine Station Chief (such as hotels) and not to use public transportation such as trains, buses,or taxies.

    As for the regions subject to strengthened quarantine,
    please refer here.

●Announcement from Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  To the people arriving in Japan from China and Republic of Korea.
  Notice by quarantine station to the persons entering Japan
  Q&A

  

(Those having stayed in regions having an infection risk of level 2 or higher within 14 days before entry)
4. Those who have lived or stayed in regions having an infection risk of level 2 or higher, please refrain from coming to the university, refrain from going outside unless necessary and stay in your room for 14 days after your landing in Japan.
Also, please observe your physical condition and ensure to take your temperature records everyday (twice a day: morning and evening), wash and keep your hands clean and wear facemasks regularly to prevent infection.
If you have any Symptoms or feel unwell upon landing in Japan, please contact/declare yourself at the airport/port quarantine station.

  

  As for Regions having an infection risk of level 2 or higher, please refer here.


  (Others)
5. You do not have to stay at in your room after your arrival. As infected persons have already been confirmed among people who has no record of travel to the countries or areas above, please take great care to protect yourself against infection. If you have any Symptoms or feel unwell upon landing in Japan, please contact/declare yourself at the airport/port quarantine station.

 (Any student Who shows symptoms after arrival)
6.Those who shows symptoms below, contact the nearest Infectious Disease Control Section, Office of Health service Coughing, fever (approx. 37.5oC and above), diarrhea, and/or muscle pains, Physical weariness or shortness of breath
In particular, if you feel dyspnea or shortness of breath, since you might have a possibility to get infected by pneumonia, you should immediately contact the nearest public health center or medical institute(see phone number below). When contacting them, you should mention your record of traveling/staying in the countries or areas above, and follow the instructions of the medical staff.
(Infectious Disease Control Section, Office of Health service, Okayama City Health Center Tel: 086-803-1360)

 (Prevention of the Spread of novel coronavirus infection)
7. As it is known that hand washing (prevention against contact infection) and wearing face masks (prevention of infection by airborne droplets) are effective for the prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus infection, please ensure that you take these preventative measures in a thorough manner. Furthermore, it is also reported that disinfection of places where viruses may be present using 70% alcohol is effective for the prevention of contact infection.

(New international students who will receive MEXT/JASSO)
8. New international students who will receive MEXT or JASSO from April 2020, we have informed that if the students would postpone the departure or would have a delay of arrival due to COVID-19 issue, they will cope with various situation.

(Schedules of procedures for City Office, etc. and dormitory move-in after arrival in Japan)
9. In order to prevent the spread of novel corona virus COVID-19, the International Affairs Department has made the changes to the schedule for Campus Life Orientation, etc. for those entering in April. Please refer here for the details.

Please note, the above is an announcement as of March 27, 2020.
Please visit and check our website regularly, we are planning to update the information on our website if the policy would change for April due to rapidly change of the situation.