For those who are planning to enter Japan

This page introduces services available to you when you travel to Japan, as well as some points you need to keep in mind.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, Japan’s border control measures are constantly changing. When planning your travel to Japan, please make sure that you are allowed to enter Japan.

Upon deciding the date of your arrival in Japan, please be sure to discuss the schedule with your academic advisor, advising faculty member, or host faculty member in advance.

To apply for a visa, you must have a “written pledge” issued by the university (excluding re-entrants and government-sponsored students). Please ask the relevant person in your department to obtain a written pledge.

Medical insurance

You must take out private medical insurance (including travel insurance covering medical expenses during your period of stay in Japan) before entering Japan.

Even if you are required to enroll in the National Health Insurance in Japan, you must purchase private medical insurance to avoid being uninsured during the period between the time you arrive in Japan and the time you are enrolled in NHI.

The website below introduces some of travel insurances that you can purchase online upon your arrival in Japan. If you wish to purchase one, please contact to the insurance company directly.

Travel agent for entry to Japan

The Japanese government requires people who are entering Japan to implement various measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, including PCR tests and a 14-day self-isolation. Also, there are many details requiring caution when arranging transportation for entry to Japan and accommodation for voluntary isolation. It is not easy to carry out the necessary procedures from abroad.

Therefore, we introduce JTB’s travel arrangement service so that your entry can proceed smoothly. Please contact JTB directly after carefully reading the flyer below and understanding the details. This service is provided at your own risk/expense.

Transportation from airport to hotel

You may not use the shuttle bus services for arrivals, so you need to book a rental car or a hire car with a driver that meets the standards set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. You can reserve a hire car with the above travel agent (JTB).

The below fares are rough estimates and are subject to change.

  • From Narita Airport to a hotel near the airport: Approx. 6,000 yen
  • From Haneda Airport to a hotel near the airport: Approx. 15,000 yen


Bringing smartphone upon entry

Upon entering Japan, you must have a smartphone that has been installed with designated apps like a video calling app and a contact confirmation app.

If you do not have a smartphone or you cannot install the designated apps on your smartphone, you will be required to rent a smartphone in the quarantine area. The rental fee for the period from the day of your arrival in Japan until the end of the 14-day self-isolation is 15,000 yen.

You can find information in multiple languages at the bottom of the webpage below.

Please see the following webpage for more information on smartphones that you can rent in the quarantine area. (Only in Japanese)

Renting smartphone after 14-day self-isolation period

If you wish to rent a smartphone or a mobile WiFi router after the 14-day self-isolation period, you can use the following rental companies. Please see the flyers/website below and contact the provider directly. Of course, you can rent it from other companies that are not listed here.

O planning

– Offering a special plan for international students coming to Japan

– Accepting payments by Alipay and WeChat Pay as well as credit cards

In addition to the above rental services, the company also offers SIM cards for international students that you can sign up for only with your passport. For more details, please see the video below.



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