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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To accurately reflect the changing situation in Sendai, and to ensure that students get the best education while keeping safe, the university will occasionally make changes to the measures listed in its emergency action plan (BCP).

The BCP is currently at Level 1, with minor adjustments made on Sept 8. This means:

For students:

- Courses in the second semester will have a better balance of on-campus and online classes. General Education subjects, in particular, will include more in-person classes and interaction. Details will be available soon.

- Research activities can be carried out normally under each department's supervision. Safety measures must be strictly followed.

- Resumption of extracurricular activities is now at Phase 3. Individuals and small groups can practice at selected facilities. Please follow the guidelines.

- Some university-organised events can be held if conditions are deemed safe.

- 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.

- Staff travelling on essential business should check for infection cases and take appropriate safety measures. High alert areas should be avoided. Please refer to further guidelines here. (pdf)

Alert area:

Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka
Recreational and unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged, especially during crowded peak periods.

Infection Prevention Handbook ( English/ Chinese /Other )


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What to do if you feel unwell

(1) If you feel unwell and notice symptoms (such as a fever or cough) for more than four days, please inform your department and contact the Miyagi / Sendai Call Center at 022-211-3883 / 022-211-2882.

Here is a useful checklist of symptoms: pdf

(2) If the Call Center suspects that you have been infected, you will be examined by an appropriate clinic or hospital. Bring the checklist with you.

(3) The clinic or hospital may administer a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test or something similar, to determine if you have COVID-19.

(4) If the test result is positive, you will be hospitalized for treatment. Even if the test is negative, you are strongly advised to stay home for two weeks as a precaution.

(5) After treatment, you are considered to be in recovery if your condition improves and if you have no fever or other symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Here's a printable chart:

At every stage above, please keep your department informed and updated.
Send a report describing your condition and what you've been instructed to do, using the methods below.

Send your report to your department.
*Email address and body will appear automatically when you click on the appropriate link.
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Staff: send via Google Form or Emai

If you suspect you have been in close contact with an infected person

Stay home (isolate if possible) and monitor your condition for 14 days.
If you develop symptoms, please follow the procedure above and contact the Miyagi / Sendai Call Center.

"Close contact" refers to being in the same room or building for more than 15 minutes and/or sharing equipment (PCs, tables, sofas, refrigerator etc.) with someone who would develop symptoms a few days later.

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)
Small Loans and Financial Support for Miyagi Prefecture Residents (Deadline: September 30, 2020)


Part-time jobs
Extracurricular Activities -Step 3
As the university continues to re-open selected facilities on campus, some extracurricular activities will also be allowed to resume in phases.
 Kawauchi Ground
 Kawauchi Baseball Field
 Hyojogawara Athletic Field
Multipurpose Court
Kawauchi Tennis Court
Main Court and Sub Arena
Katahira Gymnasium
Kawauchi Hall and Extracurricular Facilities B - practice room 1


Online classes: ISTU, Google Meet, Google Classroom
Online event
Study Room
Virtual backgrounds for online classes (Conditions of Use)

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
    Now: Step3
    Some buildings are re-opening.
  • 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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