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Visa Information

・Visa & Resident Card
・Extension of Period of Stay
・Leaving Japan & Re-entry
・Part-time Jobs (Permission for Activities not Permitted by Status of Residence)
・Changing Your Status of Residence
・Inviting Family Members
・Visa Consulting Service
・Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from the University
・Graduation
・Immigration Services Agency

I)  New entry to Japan
II) Re-entry to Japan

■Updates 
In response to the spread of the infection, border control measures are being changed continuously. Please check the websites of the relevant authorities for the latest information.

This content is targeting international students. Although international faculty/staff members, and researchers can refer to the procedures regarding the Immigration Law, the application method for the "Certificate for Completion of Registration (Uketsukezumi-sho)" to the university, support from the university, and procedures for quarantine places are different from those for international students. Please check directly with your faculty/graduate school, research institute, center, etc. for details and necessary procedures.
Since Japanese nationals are subject to different entry/re-entry procedures, please check them for yourself.

■Contact information regarding new entry and re-entry
[1]International Students: your affiliated faculty/graduate school
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77
[2]International faculty/staff members (employed by UTokyo): 
Staff in charge from your accepting faculty/graduate school, institute, center, etc. If you are unsure who to check with, please find the contact at https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/general/contact_01.html
[3]Contact information for international researchers (JSPS scholars, etc.)
Staff in charge from your accepting faculty/graduate school, institute, center, etc. If you are unsure who to check with, please find the contact at https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/general/contact_01.html
[4]If you are not sure who to contact with, please ask ISSR (International Student Support Room)
https://business.form-mailer.jp/fms/2cf125df82975


NEW!(2022/7/28 Updated) Changes in the quarantine period based on the country/region of departure and vaccination certificates
Effective July 28, the home quarantine period has been changed based on the classification of the country/region where the entrant/returnee was staying prior to entry and their vaccination history.
[Eligible Persons]
・Those who depart from Group "Red" countries/regions WITH the vaccination certificate.
・Those who depart from Group "Yellow" countries/regions WITHOUT vaccination certificates.
For details, please refer to "I) New Entry to Japan" and "II) Re-entry to Japan."

I)  New entry to Japan

University's entry support differs depending on the student's status (MEXT scholarship student, privately financed student, etc.), so please check with your faculty/graduate school for details.
-Contact https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77
-If you are not sure who to contact with, please ask ISSR (International Student Support Room)

1) Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
When applying for a visa at a Japanese Embassy/Consulate, a "Certificate of Eligibility" (COE) is required. Your faculty/graduate school will apply in Japan on your behalf, so if you have not yet applied, please check with your faculty/graduate school.
○Faculty/graduate school’s contact information
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77
(Reference) Application for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Immigration Services Agency)
https://www.isa.go.jp/en/applications/procedures/16-1.html

(2022/6/15 Updated)Regarding the written confirmation for the use of "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web Service" upon entry to Japan
You are required to submit a written confirmation regarding the use of "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web Service" at the time of your arrival in Japan. Your faculty/graduate school that applies for your COE on your behalf will provide you with instructions on how to fill out/submit the form. Please follow their instructions and use the services accordingly.
(Reference)
・Regarding the submission of "written confirmation" upon application of COE "College Student" (Multi-lingual documents available.)
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/nyuukokukanri01_00157.html (in Japanese)
・Fast Track(MHLW) https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/
・Visit Japan Web(Digital Agency) https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en/

2) If you already have COE, check the extension period.
For those whose COE has expired, a “document stating that UTokyo is able to continue accepting the foreign national with the same activity contents as were given at the time of the application for COE” (Moushitate-sho) issued by your faculty/graduate school is required when you apply for a visa. Please check with your faculty/graduate school regarding the issuance/receipt of the document.
○Faculty/graduate school’s contact information
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77
(Reference) New policy regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibility (Immigration Services Agency)
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930005023.pdf

3) Apply for the “Certificate for Completion of Registration (Uketsukezumi-sho)”
Please apply for "Certificate for Completion of Registration" through the online form provided by the faculty/graduate school (operated by a travel agency contracted with the University). It takes several days to receive the certificate. If you have not been informed regarding the online form, please check with your faculty/graduate school.
○Faculty/graduate school’s contact information
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77

4) Apply for a visa at a Japanese Embassy/Consulate with the “Certificate for Completion of Registration (Uketsukezumi-sho)” and required documents.
Procedures and number of days for visa issuance vary by country/region. Please check the website well in advance.
○List of Japanese Embassy/Consulate
https://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

5) Finalize your travel itinerary
Please make sure to arrange a flight to Narita International Airport in principle if you are to be quarantined after entering Japan.  On-arrival test and home quarantine will vary depending on the classification of the country/region where the entrant/returnee was staying prior to entry and their vaccination history. (Effective from June 1, 2022)
14-day quarantine is required for countries/regions where  [other than] Omicron variants are dominant (none as of July 28).
(Reference)MHLW
・New measures introduced regarding the border control
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html (in Japanese)
・Regarding the change of quarantine period at home/accommodations and the valid vaccination certificate (English available at the bottom of this webpage)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00342.html

【On-arrival COVID-19 tests and home quarantine period after entry into Japan】
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html
Please see below for the countries/regions in each group.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#title28

(1) Country/region of “Group Red”
(1)-1 Group Red×No vaccination certificate

・On-arrival testing: Required.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: Required (3 days). Will take a test on the 3rd day after your arrival.
 ・Home quarantine: Not required if the test result on the 3rd day after your arrival is negative.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(1)-2 Group Red×Vaccination certificate
・On-arrival testing: Required.

・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: Required for 6 nights and 7 days in accommodations arranged by the university(※)University does not apply a shortened quarantine period by an additional test on the 3rd day after your entry.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(2) Country/region of “Group Yellow”
(2)-1 Group Yellow×No vaccination certificate

・On-arrival testing: Required.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: Required for 6 nights and 7 days in accommodations arranged by the university(※)University does not apply a shortened quarantine period by an additional test on the 3rd day after your entry.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(2)-2 “Group Yellow”×Vaccination certificate
・On-arrival testing: None.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: None.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(3) “Group Blue”
Regardless of whether or not they have a vaccination certificate,
・On-arrival testing: None.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: None.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(※)Accommodations arranged by the university (Quarantine place for 6 nights and 7 days)
Those who departed from;
 “Group Red” country/region WITH vaccination certificate
 “Group Yellow” country/region WITHOUT vaccination certificate
will stay at a hotel provided by a travel agency contracted with the university (Fee is borne by university.) Any personal charges incurred during your stay at the hotel (coin laundry or shop at the convenience store in the hotel) must be paid by yourself.

6) Preparation shortly before departure
6-1. Fast Track
Through the “Fast Track” system, you can complete some quarantine procedures in advance on the App. Please use this system to smoothly complete the quarantine procedures at the airport. You must complete the pre-application on the App at least 6 hours (as of April 27, 2022) prior to the scheduled arrival date/time of your flight.
(What you can complete in advance)
Complete the Questionnaire Web, fill out a Written Pledge, check the validity of vaccination certificates and the negative test result certificate within 72 hours before departure, install and log in to Health and Location Monitoring App for Overseas Entrants(MySOS)
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

6-2. Visit Japan Web Service
This is a web-based service that allows overseas visitors (including re-entrants and Japanese nationals returning from overseas) to complete immigration procedures such as quarantine, immigration inspection, and customs declaration upon arrival in Japan. Please use this service for a smooth arrival procedure.
https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en/

[1]Obtain "negative certificate" of COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure
Please obtain “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” as specified in the following website.
○How to present the Certificate (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00248.html

[2]Submit a Written Pledge
You will be asked to pledge to stay at home or in accommodation during the quarantine period, not to use public transportation during quarantine, to follow up your health conditions through the smartphone applications, to save and present your location information, and to install designated Apps to your smartphone during your quarantine after entry. If you violate the pledge, in addition to being subject to suspension measures based on the Quarantine Law, you may also be subject to revocation of your status of residence and deportation proceedings.
○Quarantine at a place secured by the Quarantine Station and submitting a Written Pledge (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00249.html

[3]Carry a smartphone and install necessary Apps
You must have a smartphone to install an App that confirms your location and other related information. Quarantine officers will check the possession of the smartphone upon quarantine procedures.
○Carrying a smartphone, registration and use of necessary Apps (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00250.html

[4]Submission of the questionnaire and “Questionnaire based on the provisions of Article 12 of the Quarantine Act”
Contact information such as email address and phone number will be confirmed for health follow up during your quarantine period after entry. Please complete the "Questionnaire Web" by yourself in advance, create a QR code, and present it at the time of entry. Please follow the instructions from the travel agency regarding the quarantine place and emergency contact information.
○Submission of the questionnaire upon entry (MHLW)
https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00251.html (in Japanese)

In addition, the following procedures are required.
[1]Monitor your health conditions for 7 days prior to entry
If any symptoms of COVID-19 are recognized, the travel should be suspended.
○New measures introduced regarding the border control (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html (partially in English)
[2]Purchase travel insurance
Considering the possibility that you may need to visit a hospital during the quarantine period after entering Japan, you should purchase travel insurance that covers you at least during the period. Please purchase the insurance in your home country and submit the insurance certificate to the travel agency.

[5]Other notes
Please inform your faculty/ graduate school, academic advisor, etc. of your itinerary.
Thermometer and surgical masks are essential for prevention and control of infections. Please prepare and bring them with you before you enter Japan. 
Please refer to the following for entry precautions. In particular, please check carefully in advance about items that you are not allowed to bring in Japan.
○"INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK">1-3 Restricted Items to Bring in Japan
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=7

7) After arrival at the airport
The flow differs depending on the classification of the country/region where you stayed before coming to Japan (Red, Yellow, or Blue). Please check “5) Finalize your travel itinerary” for details.
(Reference) MHLW
○New measures introduced regarding the border control
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html
・To Anyone Entering/Returning to Japan "Regulations for Designated Quarantine Period”
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

8) After the quarantine period and your daily life after the period
・University Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/index.html
・UTokyo Campus Entry Restrictions due to COVID-19 (Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa and others)
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/safety/entry-restrictions.html
・Activity Restrictions Index by Level
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/policies/index.html#id01
・Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (For all UTokyo students, faculty and staff) 
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400193175.pdf
・Our Response to COVID-19-Must-Read for All Applicants and Residents
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/housing-office/en/news/COVID-19.html

 

 

II) Re-entry to Japan

1. Check if you meet the conditions to re-enter Japan
Confirm that you have permission to re-enter the country, including the special re-entry permission (Minashi-sainyukoku) .
Immigration Services Agency “Special re-entry permission”
https://www.isa.go.jp/en/applications/guide/minashisainyukoku.html

For details and the latest information on re-entry procedures, please check the website of the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country/area.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html (English) 

2. Points to be noted after entering Japan
On-arrival test and home quarantine will vary depending on the classification of the country/region where the entrant/returnee was staying prior to entry and their vaccination history. (Effective from June 1, 2022)
14-day quarantine is required for countries/regions where  [other than] Omicron variants are dominant (none as of July 28).

(Reference)MHLW
・New Japanese Border Measures from 2022/6/1~
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html
・New Measures to Strengthen Border Control(28)(in Japanese)
https://corona.go.jp/news/pdf/mizugiwataisaku_20220520.pdf
・New measures introduced regarding the border control (in Japanese)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html

【On-arrival COVID-19 tests and home quarantine period after entry into Japan】
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html
Please see below for the countries/regions in each group.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#title28

(1) Country/region of “Group Red”
(1)-1 “Group Red”×No vaccination certificate

・On-arrival testing: Required.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: Required (3 days). Will take a test on the 3rd day after your arrival.
 ・Home quarantine: Not required if the test result on the 3rd day after your arrival is negative.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(1)-2 “Group Red”×Vaccination certificate
・On-arrival testing: Required.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: 5-days after entry is required. However, if you take a test on your own after the 3rd day after entering Japan and notify MHLW (HCO, Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants) of a negative test result and the confirmation is completed by the center, no further quarantine is required.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted (limited to within 24 hours after on-arrival test and the shortest possible travel distance to home, etc.)

(2) Country/region of “Group Yellow”
(2)-1 “Group Yellow”×No vaccination certificate

・On-arrival testing: Required.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: 5-days after entry is required. However, if you take a test on your own after the 3rd day after entering Japan and notify MHLW (HCO, Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants) of a negative test result and the confirmation is completed by the center, no further quarantine is required.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted (limited to within 24 hours after on-arrival test and the shortest possible travel distance to home, etc.)

(2)-2 “Group Yellow”×Vaccination certificate
・On-arrival testing: None.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: None.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted.

(3) “Group Blue”
Regardless of whether or not they have a vaccination certificate,
・On-arrival testing: None.
・Quarantine at a government-designated facility: None.
・Home quarantine: None.
・Traveling to your home: Use of public transportation permitted (limited to within 24 hours after on-arrival test and the shortest possible travel distance to home, etc.)

3. Things to do and check prior to entering Japan
3-1. Confirming your place for self-quarantine

Please check if your place of residence is considered a suitable place for self-quarantine (A place that has private bathroom and toilet facilities.) UTokyo accommodations (all types) are not regarded as a self-quarantine place. Please check in advance if JASSO Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC), Company dormitories, and other accommodations meet the conditions of a self-quarantine place. 

■If you do not have a quarantine place
You have to reserve a hotel or other quarantine place close to an airport in advance. 
*UTokyo provides financial support for international students who have left Japan by August 31, [2020] and wish to re-enter Japan. For details, please check with your faculty or graduate school.
-Contact: Faculty/Graduate School of your affiliation https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77

3-2. Finalize your travel itinerary
Please confirm how long it will take for on-arrival test and procedures afterwards (e.g., whether or not you will have to be placed in accommodations designated by the Quarantine Station, etc.) Those who do not have a quarantine place and who will secure a quarantine place such as a hotel near the airport, should also secure transportation from the airport.
(Reference) MHLW “About Quarantine”
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html
[Notes] Please do not use transportation services operated by a company/individual that is not authorized by MILT. You may not be compensated in the event of an accident.

3-3. Inform your faculty/graduate school/supervisor of your itinerary once you set your schedule
-Contact https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77

4. Preparation shortly before departure
4-1. Fast Track
Through the “Fast Track” system, you can complete some quarantine procedures in advance on the App. Please use this system to smoothly complete the quarantine procedures at the airport. You must complete the pre-application on the App at least 6 hours (as of April 27, 2022) prior to the scheduled arrival date/time of your flight.
(What you can complete in advance)
Complete the Questionnaire Web, fill out a Written Pledge, check the validity of vaccination certificates and the negative test result certificate within 72 hours before departure, install and log in to Health and Location Monitoring App for Overseas Entrants(MySOS)
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

4-2. Visit Japan Web Service
This is a web-based service that allows overseas visitors (including re-entrants and Japanese nationals returning from overseas) to complete immigration procedures such as quarantine, immigration inspection, and customs declaration upon arrival in Japan. Please use this service for a smooth arrival procedure.
https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en/

[1]Obtain "negative certificate" of COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure
Please obtain “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” as specified in the following website.
○How to present the Certificate (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00248.html

[2]Submit a Written Pledge
You will be asked to pledge to stay at home or in accommodation during the quarantine period, not to use public transportation during quarantine, to follow up your health conditions through the smartphone applications, to save and present your location information, and to install designated Apps to your smartphone during your quarantine after entry. If you violate the pledge, in addition to being subject to suspension measures based on the Quarantine Law, you may also be subject to revocation of your status of residence and deportation proceedings.
○Quarantine at a place secured by the Quarantine Station and submitting a Written Pledge (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00249.html

[3]Carry a smartphone and install necessary Apps
You must have a smartphone to install an App that confirms your location and other related information. Quarantine officers will check the possession of the smartphone upon quarantine procedures.
○Carrying a smartphone, registration and use of necessary Apps (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00250.html

[4]Submission of the questionnaire and “Questionnaire based on the provisions of Article 12 of the Quarantine Act”
Contact information such as email address and phone number will be confirmed for health follow up during your quarantine period after entry. Please complete the "Questionnaire Web" by yourself in advance, create a QR code, and present it at the time of entry. Please follow the instructions from the travel agency regarding the quarantine place and emergency contact information.
○Submission of the questionnaire upon entry (MHLW)
https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00251.html (in Japanese)

[5]Other notes
Monitor your health conditions for 7 days prior to entry. If any symptoms of COVID-19 are recognized, the travel should be suspended.
○New measures introduced regarding the border control (MHLW)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html (partially in English)

Thermometer and surgical masks are essential for prevention and control of infections. Please prepare and bring them with you before you enter Japan. 
Please refer to the following for entry precautions. In particular, please check carefully in advance about items that you are not allowed to bring in Japan.
○"INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK">1-3 Restricted Items to Bring in Japan
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=7

6. After arrival at the airport
The flow differs depending on the classification of the country/region where you stayed before coming to Japan (Red, Yellow, or Blue). Please check “5) Finalize your travel itinerary” for details.
(Reference) MHLW
○New measures introduced regarding the border control
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html
・To Anyone Entering/Returning to Japan "Regulations for Designated Quarantine Period”
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

7. After the quarantine period and your daily life after the period
・University Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/index.html
・UTokyo Campus Entry Restrictions due to COVID-19 (Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa and others)
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/safety/entry-restrictions.html
・Activity Restrictions Index by Level
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/covid-19/en/policies/index.html#id01
・Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (For all UTokyo students, faculty and staff) 
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400193175.pdf
・Our Response to COVID-19-Must-Read for All Applicants and Residents
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/housing-office/en/news/COVID-19.html


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■Contact information regarding new entry and re-entry
-International Students: your faculty/graduate school https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400009999.pdf#page=77
-International faculty/staff members (employed by UTokyo): Staff in charge from your accepting faculty/graduate school, institute, center, etc.
-Contact information for international researchers (JSPS scholars, etc.) : Staff in charge from your accepting faculty/graduate school, institute, center, etc.