LastUpDate: February 2, 2023

Information Regarding COVID-19


Announcement from Fukuoka City (February 2, 2023)

Continue to take measures against the spread of COVID-19!

New information has been highlighted in red.

All residents are still urged to take thorough preventative measures. Please continue to comply
with the following measures.


1. When going out
or travelling
・Even if you have been vaccinated, you should wear a mask (masks made of non-woven material are
 strongly recommended)
 when going out and ensure you disinfect your hands and fingers and take      your body temperature at destination.
・Also carefully check the infection situation in your destination and that any facilities you will visit
  are taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and act accordingly.
・Take extra care if you are elderly, have pre-existing medical conditions, or come into regular
  contact with the elderly or people with pre-existing medical conditions.

・If you display any symptoms such as a fever, do not leave the house.
 
If you are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms because of your age or a pre-existing
 medical condition, seek medical assistance
 
promptly.
  If you are at a lower risk of developing severe symptoms, test yourself using the antigen
  qualitative  test kits distributed by Fukuoka Prefecture*. If you test positive, register with the
  Positive Persons Registration Center.
  *See the Fukuoka Prefecture website:
 Distributing Antigen Test Kits to Symptomatic Persons and
  Close Contacts, and Registering Positive Cases
(Japanese only)
.

2. Preventative Measures
Basic Measures
・Be thorough with basic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 even if you have been
  vaccinated, such as washing your hands, gargling, wearing a mask, properly ventilating the room
  and avoiding the 3C’s:
 -Crowded places
 -Close contact
 -Confined spaces
  Windows tend to remain closed when the heating is on. Ensure that rooms are well ventilated by
  opening windows regularly.

・If you come into contact with elderly people or people with pre-existing medical conditions, for example, take action to protect them by wearing masks and ventilating rooms frequently.
・Please consider getting the omicron vaccine as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones. Also, please consider, especially if you are elderly, getting a flu vaccine as soon as possible, too, as the numbers of cases of both a seasonal flu and COVID-19 are expected to rise.
・Wear a mask at all times when using public transport and refrain from talking loudly.
・Stockpile antigen qualitative test kits (excluding those for research use), antipyretics, food and daily necessities in case you test COVID-19 positive and need to self-isolate at home.

Wearing masks
Follow these guidelines when wearing a mask.
①You must wear a mask when you are:
・indoors and cannot keep at least 2 meters away from other people;
・indoors and can keep at least 2 meters away from other people, but are talking (you may be able to remove your mask if sufficient infection countermeasures are in place);
・outdoors but cannot keep your distance away from other people when talking; and
・in contact with high-risk people, such as when visiting elderly people or hospitals.

②You do not have to wear a mask when you are:
・indoors and can keep at least 2 meters away from other people, and do not talk;
・outdoors and can keep at least 2 meters away from other people; and
・outdoors but cannot keep at least 2 meters from other people, but do not talk.

③You should take care of the following when putting masks on children:
・Be careful when putting masks on pre-schoolers (children who have not started elementary
  school).  It is especially not recommended to put masks on children younger than 2 years old.
Regardless of whether they can maintain social distancing, children that are aged 2 or older but
  have not started elementary school should not be made to wear a mask. This is to take into
  consideration their development and physical conditions.
They should not be made to wear a mask
  if they are unwell and have difficulty keeping their mask on. If you do put a mask on your child,
  make sure a parent or guardian is with them at all times to monitor their health.


Eating & Drinking
・When eating out, choose establishments that are following industry guidelines such as displaying an Infection Prevention Certificate issued by Fukuoka Prefecture, and
avoid going to establishments that are not taking thorough preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19.
⚠ Infection prevention certified establishments are those which have been certified to meet all 40 of infection prevention criteria, and display a golden Infection Prevention Certificate.
・Do not eat or drink in groups in places where infection prevention measures cannot be thoroughly put in place, such as on the street and in parks, because it can increase the risk of spreading the virus.
To reduce the risk of catching the virus when eating out, be thorough with the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wear a mask when talking and do not raise your voice. (This includes gatherings at private homes.)
・When drinking alcohol while eating in groups, you are more likely to become over-excited and careless, and raise your voice over time. Avoid eating and drinking for extended periods in groups. (This includes gatherings at private homes.)
・Do not pour drinks for one another or share glasses or drinks as it raises the risk of spreading the virus.
・If you change seats to join another table, make sure you keep your distance from other people.
・Even
during stand-and-eat events, stay at least 1 meter away from other people as much as possible and wear a mask when talking.

・Check your temperature and sanitize your hands whenever entering an establishment.

Using karaoke facilities
・Wear a mask even when singing and maintain social distancing of two meters or more.
・Disinfect the microphone before passing it on to the next singer.
・Sit one meter or more away from other users, and do not sit opposite one another.

Event participation
・Check the infection prevention measures taken by the event organizers before you attend the event and think carefully whether to attend or not if the measures are insufficient.
・Follow the instructions of the event organizers when entering or leaving the venue to avoid crowdedness.
・If you are eating or drinking at the event, use a designated area to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

・Take sufficient preventative measures against the virus both before and after the event.

You can take a free PCR or antigen test.
Regardless of whether you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can take the test for free
  if you are in a high risk environment and are worried about the virus.
  Fukuoka Prefecture Website (Free COVID Testing for People with No Symptoms) (Japanese only)

If you have a fever or any cold-like symptoms, contact your local doctor or medical facility by telephone for advice first.
If you are unsure of where to call or have any worries about the virus, call the COVID-19 Hotline for advice:

COVID-19 Multilingual Hotline (available in 19 languages)
Telephone: 092-687-5357 (24-hour service)

Announcements about COVID-19 from Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City are continually updated, so keep checking the links below to keep up to date.

Fukuoka Prefecture Website
https://www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/contents/covid19emergency-details.html

Fukuoka City Website (Support for Foreign Residents)
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/gshien/index.html

Fukuoka City Website (Advice for Foreign Residents Struggling due to COVID-19)
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/soki/kokusai/shisei/COVID19gaikokujinsoudanen.html

Fukuoka City Website (COVID-19 Vaccination Program)
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/soki/kokusai/shisei/COVID19vaccine_EN.html

3. Restricting Business Hours for Food and Other Service Providers 
・Always follow industry guidelines, and ensure that any certification criteria (for COVID-19 Safe Certified Shops) are met. Especially ensure that you ventilate the establishment by regularly opening doors and windows as doors and windows tend to remain closed when the heating is on in winter.  
・Display your Infection Prevention Certificate (gold) issued by Fukuoka Prefecture on a place visible from outside.
If you have not been certified as COVID-19 safe, apply to obtain an Infection Prevention Certificate issued by Fukuoka Prefecture.
Ask customers to finish eating and drinking promptly.


⚠ For facilities offering karaoke
・Disinfect the microphone and remote control after each customer leaves. Put disinfectant products in each karaoke box room.
・Be thorough with infection preventative measures such as ensuring customers do not create 3C-situations and thoroughly ventilating the room.
・Snack bars and karaoke cafés share karaoke equipment between large numbers of unspecified people. Be especially thorough with ventilating the venue and ensuring social distance.

 ⚠Food service operators must take care with the following measures:
 ・ventilate the venue thoroughly every 30 minutes by completely opening two windows in different locations for five minutes at a time.
 ・set up hand sanitization equipment and disinfect the business premises.
 ・measure customers’ temperatures and have them sanitize their hands when entering.
 ・tell customers to wear a mask when talking and not to raise their voices.
 ・do not place seats facing towards each other, and ensure that seats are placed more than 1 meter apart.
 ・provide shatterproof acrylic screens or other appropriate physical barriers to prevent droplet transmission when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained.
 ・Make sure customers do not pour drinks for one another or share glasses or drinks as it raises the risk of spreading the virus.
 ・If customers move to join another table, make sure they keep their distance from other people.
 ・Even during stand-and-eat events, stay at least 1 meter away from other people as much as
    possible and wear a mask when talking.

 ・install a sign at the entrance of your business refusing entry to anyone who is unwell, not wearing a mask or removes their mask when not eating.


Information on the Five Situations that Increase the Risk of Infection (742kbyte)pdf

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Establishment of the Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center (March 8, 2021)

The Fukuoka City Government will set up the Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center to provide information, answer enquiries and help with the provision of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Details can be found below.

Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center
 
Tel: 092-260-8405
 Open Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (including, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
 Multilingual support available in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Spanish, Portuguese

 You will be able to book your appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine after you have received your vaccination ticket. The government is currently making the necessary preparations.

●Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine
 https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/soki/kokusai/shisei/COVID19vaccine_EN.html


Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (December 16, 2020)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (December 4, 2020)

We have produced an information pamphlet for foreign residents in Fukuoka City on COVID-19. Stay up to date with accurate information to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and the people around you from the disease.
Check the illustration below for more details.

Protecting Foreign Residents from COVID-19 in Fukuoka City (382kbyte)pdf

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Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (November 20, 2020)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (October 30, 2020)

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

A New Way of Life

A New Way of Life ;Living with Corona PDF (99kbyte)pdf


Announcement from Fukuoka City (August 7, 2020)

To International Students
The number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Fukuoka City.
Recently, the virus has displayed the following transmission characteristics:
 ・The virus is being transmitted between students at many universities and vocational
  schools.
 ・Transmission routes are not only limited to within school grounds and in dormitories,
  but also through coming into contact with people who have the virus at parties or at part-time workplaces.
 ・Students with the virus often display mild symptoms or no symptoms. Therefore, they
  do not realize that they have the virus but can still transmit the virus to vulnerable
  people at risk of developing severe symptoms, such as the elderly or people with pre-
  existing medical conditions.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by taking basic measures to prevent transmission:
 ・Avoid the three C’s: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact
 ・Practice social distancing: keep two meters from other people
 ・Wash your hands and face whenever you get home
 ・Where a mask when going out or when talking to others

In addition to the above instructions, you must be especially careful to take measures to prevent transmission when meeting friends and at your part-time workplace.

Information on Preventing COVID-19, Multilingual Hotline etc.



Information on Sickness and Injury Allowance and Exemption Measures for National Health Insurance Premiums


You may be exempt from paying the full amount of your insurance premiums if you:
 -are enrolled in the National Health Insurance scheme;
 -have tested positive for COVID-19; and
 -meet the required conditions.

In addition, you may be eligible to receive Sickness and Injury Allowance if you:
 -are enrolled in Fukuoka City’s National Health Insurance scheme;
 -are employed;
 -have tested positive for COVID-19 (or show symptoms of the virus such as a
fever and are suspected of having the virus) and
 -have had to stay off work.
Check the link below for more information.
 PDF (158kbyte)pdf


If You Are Struggling to Pay Your Taxes Due to the Impact of COVID-19

If your income has decreased due to the impact of COVID-19 and you are struggling to pay your taxes, you can apply to defer your tax payments at the Tax Payment Section of your local ward office. You can delay your payments for one year from the original payment date. Please click here.
 If You Are Struggling to Pay Your Taxes

Announcement from Fukuoka City (May 14, 2020)

Today, the national government announced that it had lifted the state of emergency measures imposed on Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka Prefecture has now relaxed its requests to residents to stay indoors and to businesses to close temporarily.

However, there is still the possibility that the COVID-19 virus may spread again. Accordingly, Fukuoka Prefecture is still requesting residents to avoid going out or travelling to other prefectures for all but essential reasons.

In addition, the Prefecture has lifted its requests to most business to close temporarily and also lifted the restrictions on business hours for restaurants. Nevertheless, establishments are still being requested to resume regular business only after taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The Prefecture is also requesting that some businesses where cluster infections occurred remain closed.

Please check the Fukuoka Prefecture website, which will be continually updated.
  Fukuoka Prefecture Website

Fukuoka City is also commencing with new measures and is calling on its residents to start a new way of life— living with corona— from tomorrow, May 15.

This lifestyle involves:
 -avoiding the three C’s;
 -keeping a distance of two meters from other people;
 -wearing a mask when going out or when talking to others;
 -washing your hands and face whenever you get home, and so on.

Also, new approaches to everyday life might include:
 -using mail-order services and electronic payment when shopping; and
 -using takeaway or delivery services for meals and sitting side by side when eating.

In particular, as a new standard of living, we are calling on all residents to wear a mask whenever they use the subway as of tomorrow. Fukuoka City is focusing its efforts on the new awareness campaign: Mask & Ride. Fukuoka City’s public facilities and events will also resume business as usual in due course once we have taken the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fukuoka City municipal elementary, junior high, senior high and special education schools will be reopened in stages from Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Announcements from Fukuoka City will be continually updated, so please check the link below to keep up to date.
  Fukuoka City Website (Support for Foreign Residents)


Preventing the Spread of COVID-19


Requests from Fukuoka Prefecture

Requests from Fukuoka Prefecture


 About more information on COVID-19