Coronavirus update (March 24, 2020)

24 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog
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Dear International Students, 

As you probably know, we are facing a serious pandemic with the COVID-19 virus. It is affecting not only people’s health but also their ability to conduct business, to hold down jobs and to travel. Many countries are closing their borders and restricting or banning international travel. Airlines are severely limiting the number of international flights.  Travelers, when they reach their destinations, are often requested, or even compelled, to be quarantined for at least two weeks.

The American government has issued a warning to citizens living overseas that if they want to return to the US, they need to do it immediately. Other countries are also urging citizens to return or to be prepared to stay where they are for an indefinite period of time. Please check with your embassy on what your country recommends. The US embassy has issued the following statement:

“In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”

You can find the U.S. Embassy Japan’s COVID-19 page here: http://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information. It is regularly reviewed and updated. You can also follow on Twitter @usembassytokyo and @ACSToko to see emergency alerts.

It is time for you to make a decision – whether you want to return home to your country or to remain in Japan. If you postpone your decision too long, you may have no choice but to remain in Japan.  If you decide to return to your home country, please make your travel plans soon. Many airlines are offering significant discounts because of the reduction in the number of passengers. At the same time, they are offering fewer flights. Some airlines are no longer offering international flights. If you return to your home country, it is uncertain when you can return. Soon Japan will institute a 14-day quarantine on arriving visitors, so if you return at a later date you may face being quarantined.

This may be one of the biggest decisions of your life, so make it carefully. Consult with your parents and/or other people in your home country, as they may advise you not to return at this time. Be prepared to spend at least 14 days in quarantine after landing in your home country.

LUJ will try to support you as best we can. For this semester, you can complete your LUJ coursework online wherever you go. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your options, please contact the Student Affairs department at . We are here to help. Next semester is still planned to start on May 4, and a decision will be made at a later date whether we will hold in person or online classes. The staff, faculty and I will do our best to provide you with the best guidance possible in these uncertain times. Keep in touch with us. Please remember to fill out the online travel form before you depart.

In the meantime stay safe by following the guidelines provided by health services.

For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations and their COVID-19 website.

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