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Re-entry procedures for International students who have a re-entry permit

Currently, the Japanese Government has put in place “Avoid All Travel” and “Avoid All Non-Essential Travel” warnings with respect to countries around the world, and the number of countries and regions in which mutant strains of the coronavirus have been confirmed is increasing. Tohoku University will continue to request that unnecessary and non-urgent overseas travel (including private travel) be canceled regardless of the destination country or region.
If you are considering a temporary return to your home country for unavoidable reasons (such as attendance at family events, long-term care necessities, etc.), please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to see if you meet the requirements for re-entry and whether your home country or region is in a position to refuse you entry. Also, please check if you can take a test for the coronavirus in your home country. If you wish to return to your home country temporarily or to re-enter Japan, please be sure to consult with your department director in advance through your academic advisor or another faculty member who can help you with your affairs, and obtain permission to travel.

On 28th August 2020, the Government of Japan announced its decision that all foreign nationals with the status of residence who have left and will leave Japan before 31st August 2020 with a valid re-entry permit, are now eligible to re-enter Japan from 1st September 2020.

Upon the re-entry, they are required to present the certificate of negative test result of pre-entry testing conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight (hereinafter referred to as “certificate of negative test result”). Please see here to be informed of the process and required documents for re-entry.

International students who belong to Tohoku University should keep in close contact with their academic advisor (or faculty member in charge of the academic affairs) when re-entering Japan and report on your current situation. In addition, please submit and report the following documents to the university.

  • 1. When you decide to re-enter Japan, please submit the following documents.
    1)Notice of Re-entry (university form)
    2)Documents showing the re-entry date (ex. Airline e-ticket, Receipt, etc.)
    3)In case the arrival airport is Tokyo and the follow-up location is Sendai, documents that show how to move from Tokyo to Sendai.
    (ex. Taxi compatible with COVID-19, Rental car application email, etc.)
    【Important】 Please do not use public transportation such as trains, buses, taxis, airplanes (domestic flights), and passenger ships during the follow-up period. Also, please avoid sharing a car with students.
  • 2. After re-entry, please inform us of the PCR/Antigen test date and results at the arrival airport.
  • 3. Please report that you have returned to Sendai after the follow-up period (2 weeks). (Excluding those who followed up in Sendai)

(Reference)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
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