[As of October 11, 2022]

New Border Measures

Border measures for new entry of foreign nationals have been lifted. The visa exemption measures, which had been temporarily suspended due to the border measures under COVID-19 pandemic, were resumed at 0am JST on October 11, 2022.  The Entrants, Returnees Follow-up Systems (ERFS) is also no longer required. For details, please visit the MOFA web page.

If you are a traveler from a country requiring a VISA (country not listed as visa exemption countries), please contact LOC (spw10-visa@kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp) as soon as possible.

Travel to Japan

The information on Japanese Border Measures can be found at

Here are some tips.

  • Everyone must submit the questionnaire.
  • Pre-departure test, on-arrival test and self-isolation will be required depending on the country or regions of your stay before arriving in Japan and on your vaccination status.
  • Be careful about the format of the required document such as the pre-departure test and the vaccination certificate.
  • You are fully advised to carefully check the latest information and confirm the required documents.

Sanitary Measures at Kyoto University

  • All persons are requested to wear masks in the Kyoto University campus.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough etc.), please inform to LOC immediately. Please do not attend the meeting on site. See Kyoto Novel Coronavirus Medical Consultation Center and contact them (075-414-5487, Open between 10 am and 8 pm, 365 days a year).
  • Please note that there is a limit to the number of people in the meeting hall, and if the number exceeds the limit, admission may be denied.
  • Kyoto University’s Response to COVID-19: https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/about/safety/coronavirus
  • Any changes to these measures will be posted here.

Top image is the dome of the 45 cm refractor telescope in the Kwasan Observatory, Kyoto University.