The Nagano Prefecture alert levels are: Level 5 – Special Warning II (purple), Level 4 – Special Warning (red), Level 3 – Warning (orange), Level 2 – Alert (yellow), and Level 1 – Advisory (gray).
- April 21: The Nagano area has been lowered to Level 4 (announcement), and the Ueda area to Level 3 (announcement).
- April 19: The governor’s office has issued requests to residents for Golden Week, asking to evaluate the necessity of travel, avoid areas with high rates of infection, and limit social interaction and group activities.
- April 16: The Suwa area has been raised to Level 5 (announcement).
- April 14: The Nagano area has been raised to Level 5, and Suwa and Hokushin to Level 4 (announcement).
- April 13: The Upper Ina area has been raised to Level 4 (announcement).
- April 8: Nagano has raised areas across the prefecture to Level 3, and the Nagano area to Level 5. In addition, the government has issued a Medical Care Alert (医療警報, iryo keiho) highlighting the need to adhere to safety precautions to avoid strain on the burdened medical system. Details on the Medical Care Alert are available in Japanese here.
In addition, Nagano asks the following of residents throughout the prefecture:
- Follow Nagano Prefecture’s New Lifestyle Guidelines
- Avoid high-risk behaviors (talking while eating with others, etc.)
- Follow preventative measures in place at businesses
- If you are concerned about a fever or other possible symptoms, contact your designated health center (See Consultations below)
- Follow precautions at work
- Observe Nagano’s COVID-19 workplace guidelines (regular ventilation, decreased numbers of in-office staff, etc.)
Total confirmed cases in Nagano Prefecture: 3,580
Discharged patients: 3,176
Active cases: 394
Inpatients (by health center): Hokushin (37), Iida (3), Ina (19), Kiso (0), Matsumoto (26), Matsumoto City (17)*, Omachi (4), Nagano (62), Nagano City (87), Saku (21), Suwa (106), Ueda (12)
*Matsumoto City Health Center patients were included in Matsumoto (regional) Health Center totals until March 31, 2021.
- View the most recent case information here (all areas but Nagano and Matsumoto cities), here (Nagano City), and here (Matsumoto City). (All JP.)
- View all Nagano Prefecture case information here or here (official, JP) and here (unofficial, EN).
As most of you already know, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Nagano Prefecture on February 25, 2020. While the Prefectural Government has been updating its homepage with various resources regarding the novel coronavirus, most of the information is in Japanese, so we have summarized it here, and provided links to other resources as well.
Latest entry and re-entry updates (updated February 17):
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their entry restrictions and procedures descriptions, reflecting a temporary moratorium on new entries into Japan. Please read this page (EN), if you absolutely must travel outside of Japan for details about the conditions for re-entry for current residents.
All current residents re-entering the country will require:
- A copy of a Written Pledge documenting quarantine plans, available here (EN)
- Certification of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure. A suggested format, as well as necessary details for care providers using their own format, are available here (EN).
All returning residents will be required to follow through with a 14-day quarantine at home or another location. Those returning from the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Israel, or Brazil will be required to spend three days at a designated quarantine facility, and may then spend the remainder of the quarantine at home pending an additional COVID-19 test on the third day.
As you will not be able to use public transportation during your quarantine period, please be sure to arrange private transportation back to your home from the airport before departure. For those returning from the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Israel, or Brazil, you will need to arrange transportation for the fourth day after landing.
Those unable to provide a negative test result will be moved to a designated quarantine facility upon landing (JP, EN). Failure to comply with quarantine rules may result in revocation of visa, so please make sure you and your contracting organization have made plans prior to your departure.
If you are a current JET considering international travel, we highly encourage you to contact your Block Leader or the PAs in advance.
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