Japan International Cooperation Agency recalls all overseas volunteers due to COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to temporarily repatriate all 1,800 overseas volunteers dispatched in 66 countries. JICA has already evacuated volunteers from China and other countries.
While none of those volunteers have been found to be infected with the virus and some are from areas where no case has been confirmed, JICA has decided on preventive measures in the case of emergencies as many countries do not have adequate medical systems and have restricted the movement of people.
Volunteers will return home as soon as arrangements are made, and will be asked to place themselves under self-imposed quarantine for two weeks after returning to Japan.
JICA has not yet announced when volunteers will be sent overseas again. In addition, JICA has postponed the dispatch of about 300 volunteers late this March.