ICU Travel Advisory
Update: June 18, 2020
To all students, faculty and staff
- ICU's fundamental policy, as issued on March 27, is that students, staff and faculty are, "in principle, forbidden from travelling" to all countries designated as Level 2 or above by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- All passengers arriving in Japan are subject to PCR tests: those who test positive are being transferred directly to a medical facility and those with a negative response are expected to self-isolate for fourteen days. This is non-negotiable.
- We expect an incremental and phased return to university activities in the post-COVID-19 period. The "new normal" will depend on how the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Dear all, with events continuing to move rapidly with regard to Japan's response to the new Corona virus - and as we approach the summer months (when, under 'normal' circumstances, many of you would have been making travel plans), I thought it would be useful to outline the University's advice on overseas travel.
ICU's current fundamental policy is that students, staff and faculty are, in principle, forbidden from travelling to all countries designated as Level 2 or above by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since there is currently no country designated as Level 1, this means that, in practice, the overseas travel ban remains in force for the foreseeable future.
As such, we are urging you all to postpone any overseas trips, whether for private or official purposes, until the situation is somewhat clearer. In particular, we would remind you that, even if you were able to travel to your destination safely, you might still encounter problems on your return to Japan. As things stand, all passengers arriving in Japan are subject to PCR tests: those who test positive are being transferred directly to a medical facility and those with a negative response are expected to self-isolate for fourteen days.
Please note that this may have particular implications for us all at the start of the Fall term. As you know, the University has not yet made a decision on whether teaching will be conducted online or face to face. If a decision is made to return to some form of face to face delivery (even if only partial), this could mean that anyone returning from overseas would have to return to Japan by mid-August in order to complete the self-quarantining process by September 1.
We are also aware that several students who have been nominated to go on an ICU exchange program from Fall are in limbo - as they have been told that they will not be able to travel to study abroad in countries designated Level 2 or above. This policy remains in force - though we will wait to see if there is any relaxation of the Ministry guidelines on travel to specific countries before making final decisions on individual placements.
Needless to say, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further decisions if/ when the situation changes.
Vice President for International Academic Exchange