For those entering Japan from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) starting December 30th, 2022, please check here.(Updated on January 4, 2023)


From 00:00 JST on October 11th, 2022, the new measures applied. Please check Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for detail.(Updated on October 11, 2022)


On February 17, 2022, the Japanese government announced that it will relax its border security measures from March 1, 2022, and international students will be allowed to enter Japan under the supervision of the receiving organization (university). Please follow the instructions given by the university for further entry procedures.

1. Please make sure that your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) is still valid.

(1) New treatment of the validity period of the CoE

If the validity period indicated on your CoE has expired, the CoE will be considered valid as follows, provided that the university issues a letter stating that “university is still able to continue accepting you with the same activity contents as were given at the time of the application for CoE”.
●Period considered valid
Date of issuance: January 1, 2020 – April 30, 2022
→ Until October 31, 2022
Date of issuance: May 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022
→ Valid for “6 months” from the date of creation.
[Reference]New policy regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibility (Immigration Services Agency of Japan)

(2) If you enter university or advance to higher level of education in October 2022

To enter Japan, you need a CoE which suits your status from October 2022. Please note that even if you currently have a CoE, you need to obtain a new CoE if your status changes in October due to advancing to higher level of education.
E.g. If you are currently a “Research student” (April 2022 to September 2022) and become “Graduate school student (Master’s course)” in October 2022

→You cannot enter Japan with the CoE issued for you as a “research student”. You need to newly obtain a CoE for “Graduate school student (Master’s course)”. For more information about applying for CoE, please inquire with your college/graduate school office.

(3)If the validity period indicated on your CoE has expired

You need to submit a letter stating that “university is still able to continue accepting you with the same activity contents as were given at the time of the application for CoE” when applying visa. If you need it, please inquire with your college/graduate school office.

2. Japanese border measures

Valid Vaccination Certificate Quarantine
Pre-departure Test Questionnaire On-arrival Test Isolation
With NOT Required Required - -
Without Required

All entrants including Japanese citizens who do not have a valid vaccination certificate must be tested within 72 hours of departure. Those who are unable to present a valid vaccination certificate or a valid certificate of inspection will not be allowed to enter Japan, as based on Quarentine Law.

In the country of departure, if you do not have a inspection certificate before boarding, you will be denied boarding the aircraft.
In cases where it is difficult or truly unavoidable to obtain an inspection certificate, please consult with the diplomatic mission abroad.

3.Fast track and Visit Japan Web

Upon your entry into Japan, international students are asked to use the fast track and the Visit Japan Web to ensure a smooth immigration process and avoid congestion at airports.

fast track

Visit Japan Web

4.Inquiries

International Students Section
Yokohama National University
kokusai.shien[at]ynu.ac.jp
(When making inquiries, please include your student ID number in the title and use your YNU email address.)