COVID-19 Information and Preventive Measures

Important updates will be posted on the university's official websites (English, Japanese) and social media pages (FB, Twitter, Linkedin), so everyone is encouraged to click follow or check back regularly.

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The university will be at BCP Level 1 from June 19. This means:

For students:

Classes will remain online, but face-to-face instruction will be allowed for practical skills training and experiments.

Research activities can be conducted with supervisor approval. All measures to prevent infection must be strictly followed.

Library services and some extracurricular activities will resume. More details will be announced soon.

Social gatherings and part-time jobs are still partially restricted. Please pay attention to social distancing rules and avoid the 3Cs - closed spaces, crowded spaces and close-contact settings.

For faculty and staff:

Please keep in-person meetings short and avoid having many people in the room. Where possible, please have meetings online.

Administrative services will be almost back to normal, but staff should continue to observe preventive measures to avoid infection.

The ban on cross prefectural travel has been lifted, but anyone planning a trip should check the status of their destination for infection and countermeasures. For business trips, please refer to further guidelines here (pdf)

Infection Prevention Handbook ( English/ Chinese /Other )

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What to do if you feel unwell

Miyagi Prefecture and Sendai City have set up a special hotline and issued a useful check-list for recent travelers to monitor their health. Tohoku University would like all students and staff to follow these instructions:

(1) Download the checklist here and monitor your condition.
(2) If you have flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat or a cough for several days, you should call the hotline at 0120-565653 / 022-211-3883.
(3) You will be directed to an appropriate clinic or hospital. Bring the check-list with you.
(4) Alert the university by submitting Google Form / send email to the appropriate address, describing your condition and what you've been instructed to do.

Instructions in English (For students/ For staff ) / Checklist

Instructions in Chinese (For students/ For staff ) / Checklist


Send your report to your department: *Email address and body will be set automatically by click.

Students: send via Google Form or Email

Staff: send via Google Form or Email

If you have been in close contact with an infected person

- Stay home (isolate if possible) and monitor your condition for at least 14 days.
- If you develop symptoms, please follow the procedure above and contact the call center.

"Close contact" refers to being in the same room or building with an infected person for 15 minutes or more; and/or using the same equipment (PCs, tables, sofas, refrigerator etc.) as someone who was infected at the time.

All students should remember to take extra measures against infectious diseases, such as covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze; washing your hands frequently and thoroughly; only going out for essential errands; and wearing a mask when you are out.

The university is currently at BCP Level 3, so please be aware of the restrictions that entail.

For Students and Staff:


How to apply for the 100,000 yen one-off relief payment (Deadline: August 26, 2020)
Call Center (English): 0120-260020 (tall-free)
Second Round of Emergency Student Fund for Continued Studies (Deadline: July 15, 2020)


Part-time jobs
・Libraries: Libraries are open again, but with limited services.
Students and faculty may borrow books, but reading or staying in the library is prohibited. And of course, make sure to wear a mask. Opening times and further details can be found here.
・Resumption of Some Extracurricular Activities
As the university continues to re-open selected facilities on campus, some extracurricular activities will also be allowed to resume in phases starting July 10.
 Kawauchi Ground

 Kawauchi Baseball Field
 Hyojogawara Athletic Field


Online classes: ISTU, Google Meet, Google Classroom
Online event
・Study Room

in Japanese

Mental Health Care

Please make a reservation by telephone (022-795-7833) or by e-mail. 


Applying for the "Certificate of Eligibility (COE)"

University events and facilities that are affected

With the safety of the community in mind, Tohoku University will be temporarily stopping some services and closing the following facilities.
Students, staff and members of the public are urged to check back frequently for updates.

  • Co-op Restaurants
    Most restaurants are closed from April 13.
    Co-op is partially re-opening some restaurants on-campus.
    *Please wear masks and adhere to social distancing.
    *Details: PDF
  • All Libraries

    Libraries are open again, but with limited services. Students and faculty may borrow books, but reading or staying in the library is prohibited. And of course, make sure to wear a mask. Opening times and further details can be found here.

  • Kawauchi Circle and Club Building
    Closed until further notice.
  • The university campus bus service
    The university campus bus service suspend operations until further notice.
    This affects all routes.
  • Closed until further notice.

Click here to see updates

Extra Information in English:

The World Health Organisation has an excellent website with useful information about the coronavirus and what to do to stay safe.

NHK World News

The Ministry of Health, Laboour, and Welfare
To learn more about the situation in Japan, go to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's English website.

Application: COVID-19 Contact Confirming Application (COCOA)
Google PlayApp Store

The Ministry of Justice
- Extension of the period for acceptance of applications and extension of the application examination results
- Regarding the period of validity of the Certificate of Eligibility

The Japanese National Tourism Association (Twitter)

JNTO operates the Japan Visitor Hotline which offers foreign tourists 24 hour assistance in English, Chinese and Korean: 050-3816-2787.

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Japanese Society of Public Health (Information regarding COVID-19 for foreign residents in Japan)


Tohoku University International PR Section
Tel: +81-22-217-4816
Fax: +81-22-217-4818

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