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Kyoto University’s Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
UPDATE (11 March 2020): Travel guidance in items "1. 1." and "3. 1." revised, and Consultation Services added in "6. Other important precautions"
Pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan (Hubei Province, China) was added to the Japanese government’s list of designated infectious diseases on 28 January 2020 (effective from 1 February 2020).
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has also issued several infectious disease warnings regarding countries or areas with risk of infection.
Based on the current situation, Kyoto University has adopted the following policy regarding overseas travel, etc. As the situation is changing rapidly, please be sure to obtain the latest information.
1. Overseas Travel
- Kyoto University urges its students, faculty, and staff members to avoid all travel to the following countries (both work/study-related travel and private travel, including transit ):
- South Korea
For countries or areas with MOFA disease warnings of level 3 or 4, please refer to the university’s “Criteria on overseas travel permission.”
- Kyoto University “Criteria on overseas travel permission” (accessible on campus only)
- Information regarding each respective country or region’s entry restrictions and other conditions imposed on travelers from Japan and Japanese nationals with regards to the novel coronavirus can be found on MOFA’s Overseas Travel Safety Information website. If you are planning to travel overseas, please be sure to check the most recent information regarding entry restrictions, strengthened quarantine measures, and travel warnings for Japan provided by official sites, such as MOFA’s Overseas Travel Safety Information website and the websites of the relevant countries’ governments.
- MOFA’s Overseas Travel Safety Information:
“Each respective country or region’s entry restrictions and other conditions imposed on travelers from Japan and Japanese nationals” (in Japanese)
2. If you traveling (or returning) to Japan from China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy
- Please immediately report the following information to your department: the areas in which you have stayed, the date of your arrival in Japan, your health condition at the time of your arrival in Japan (whether or not you have a fever or cough, whether you have taken medicine for a fever or cough, etc.)
- Students, faculty, and staff who are staying in the above mentioned countries and have symptoms such as a fever or cough, should seek medical care at a local healthcare provider, and report the diagnosis to their department as soon as possible.
- If you have symptoms such as a fever or coughing upon your arrival in Japan, please be sure to report it to a quarantine officer at the airport, as well as to your department.
3. After traveling (or returning) to Japan from China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy
- Please be sure to monitor your health for any symptoms, such as fever or coughing (recording your physical condition and temperature) for at least two weeks after returning or traveling from the above mentioned countries ( including transit ).
- Please continue to monitor your health carefully, and stay at home (studying at home, etc.) unless you must go out due to unavoidable circumstances.
- If you have any such symptoms, please do not go directly to a medical facility in person. First, be sure to consult with a consultation service or local public health center and report it to your department.
4. Regarding classes and regular examinations
Each department shall take appropriate measures to minimize the impact on students who must continue their studies, etc., while staying at home, such as setting report assignments or holding makeup exams at a later date.
5. In the case that a student, faculty, or staff member is confirmed to be infected by the novel coronavirus
Any student, faculty, or staff member who is confirmed to be infected by the novel coronavirus must either be hospitalized or recuperate at home. They are not permitted to come to the university. They must inform their department of the situation. Once they have recovered from the virus, they may come to the university only after they have submitted evidence of their full recovery issued by the doctor supervising their treatment.
6. Other important precautions
If you have any symptoms, please do not go directly to a medical facility in person. First, be sure to contact a consultation service or local public health center and follow their instructions. Please also report the matter to your department and the university clinic (075-753-2405) and continue to keep them updated of the situation.
Information issued by the university
- Website of the Kyoto University Health Service:
- Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (Japanese only ): 0120-565653 (toll free, 9:00–21:00)
- Japan Visitor Hotline, Japan National Tourism Organization (English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese): 050-3816-2787 (24 hours per day)
- Kyoto City consultation service for persons recently arrived in Japan or who may be at risk of infection (Japanese only): 075-222-3421 (24 hours per day)
Kyoto City International Foundation
Interpretation Service for English and Chinese speaking foreign nationals who wish to use Kyoto City consulting service: 075-752-1166 (9:00–17:00)
・English Interpreting Service: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
・Chinese Interpreting Service: Wednesdays and Fridays
- Kyoto Prefecture consultation service for persons recently arrived in Japan or who may be at risk of infection (Japanese only): 075-414-4726 (24 hours per day)
- Uji City, Yamashirokita Health Center (Japanese only): 0774-21-2911 (Weekdays, 8:30–17:15)
Residents of cities other than those listed above should contact the relevant consultation service or the nearest Public Health Center.
- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT): Responses to the novel coronavirus infection (in Japanese)
- Website of the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan: Measures we can take to prevent new coronavirus infections
(in Japanese) http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/headline/kansensho/coronavirus.html
(in English) http://japan.kantei.go.jp/ongoingtopics/_00011.html
(in Chinese) http://www.kantei.go.jp/cn/japan_intro/2020/_00013.html
- Overseas Travel Safety Information provided by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)
- Website of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW): Information on the novel coronavirus infection
(in Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html
(in English) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html
(in Chinese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_09534.html
- World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus
(in English) https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Kyoto Prefecture Website: Information on the novel coronavirus infection
(in Japanese) https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kentai/news/novelcoronavirus.html
(in English) https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kokusai/coronavirus_update.html
(in Chinese) https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kokusai/coronavirus_cn.html
- Kyoto City Official Website: Emergency Information on the novel coronavirus infection (in Japanese)
Risk Management Section, General Affairs Department
E-mail: 830riskkanrikakari*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)