The current situation
The Japanese government is considering easing its entry ban on visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lifting the ban for business visitors is the first step, and the Japanese government is negotiating terms with four countries. And lifting the ban for International students is the second step.
June 10th, Japan has imposed entry bans on 111 countries and regions including the United States, most of Asia and all of Europe.
As of June 18, 2020
The Japanese government lifted a state of emergency for coronavirus infection on May 25.
Currently Infected Patients in Japan is 803.
Yoshida Institute is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are planning for taking informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching.
We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures by email.
Moving to online delivery :
All formal lectures will be teach to students through our zoom site until mid-June. (It is also possible to come directly to school and take classes.)
Students are still provided with the required number of class hours but without face-to-face contact with teachers.
This is a physical distancing measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We will do our best for our students.
For those who applied for the July term 2020
Due to the effects of coronavirus infection, the Tokyo Immigration Bureau did not issue their COEs to applicants in the July term. (Issued to applicants in some countries)
This is because the Japanese government refuses entry from many countries(111 countries as of May 27) due to coronavirus infection. All July term applicants are in the same situation as you.
Your COE will be issued as soon as the Japanese government permits the flight from your country.
Therefore, It may be difficult for those students to study in Japan from July term.
Probably it will start in October or January(2021). In any case, your COE is valid until then.
We will contact you if your COE is issued by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.
To those who apply for the October term 2020
All application documents can be sent by email. (Applicants from OECD countries only)
Once you send in your application with all the needed documentation before May 29th, we submit a request to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau for document called a Certificate of Eligibility(COE).
If the request is approved, the Immigration Bureau notifies us on Aug. 28, 2020 and we will inform you that your COE has been issued.
And we will send you your COE by DHL if you can come to Japan to study without effects of coronavirus.
Make sure you get a student visa at Japanese Embassy or consulate and get your ticket before you pay your tuition fees.
But If you can’t come for some reason or other, you can change to the January or April term.
Process after the COE is issued
To receive a student visa, students would need to submit documentation of a negative polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test in the country of origin to a local Japanese Embassy or Consulate.
Upon arriving in Japan, travelers would be required to undergo another PCR test at the airport and report on their health over the preceding two weeks. If the test comes back negative and the paperwork is in order, they would be allowed to skip the two-week quarantine.