KCP Response and Updates on COVID-19

Please check this page often as we will constantly be updating it to address the evolving situations brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.

🔴 KCP Will no longer offer summer short or summer one term programs in japan this summer.

We have come to the realization that it is very unlikely that students enrolled in our summer short or summer (one term/without COE or student visa) will be allowed in on a tourist visa this summer. It’s truly regrettable, but we feel like we have no other option but to not accept students for these two criteria. We will be offering refunds, deferments, and encouraging students to stitch to our outstanding summer online intensive programs (levels 1-4). All students have been sent detailed email explanations. If you have received an email and have not yet responded about your choices, please do so as soon as you can. Thank you again everyone. The borders will open again, most likely next term for tourists. But it’s taking just a bit longer than anyone could have thought.

🔴 Japanese government indicates may open borders this summer for tourist visas

We are cautiously optimistic that perhaps in the coming weeks we will learn more about the Japanese government’s change in allowing tourists for stays under 90-days to enter Japan. We have extended our application deadlines for those who are interested in applying for our summer short or summer single term options. Our final deadline to apply is May 20. If you are unable to enter because of any delays regarding the new policies, all application deposits will be refunded minus $50. One of our favorite sites for go-to news on Japan is NHK. Check out some other popular Japanese news sources here.

🔴 students with a certificate of eligibility

The Japanese government is finally allowing long-term student applicants with a Certificate of Eligibility to enter Japan. We do not know if this will be permanent, or a temporary opening. However, as of March 20, you are welcome to apply for the student visa and enter Japan if you have a COE.

KCP assists its long-term (more than one term) students to obtain a COE. Students entering for one term (less than 3 months) would have to enter Japan on a tourist visa (which is currently restricted).

KCP will still be offering online courses. But we are especially excited seeing some of you on campus in Japan this spring!

🔴 no coe? one-term program participants

As of March 20, the Japanese government has continued to restrict entry for those students with a tourist or short-term visa. If you are planning on attending KCP for one term, this would apply to you.

We are carefully monitoring the situation, and are certain Japan will restate its border treaty with the US someday, but whether it happens this year or not, we do not know.

If you are applying for one term, please keep this in mind and have a back up in place in case you are not allowed into Japan. For our summer short and summer programs, we should have greater visibility by early-mid May as to the likelihood of the Japanese borders opening for tourists . We will send out an email regarding your options and the current situation.

If you have to cancel, please read our new refund policy below.

🔴 application and registration: Payment and flights

Students who are completing our online application and registration will be receiving automated emails. Please ignore emails regarding payment or purchasing your flights. We do not expect students to have to pay anything other than their application deposit until we are confident they will be able to enter Japan.

FLIGHTS: In addition, we do not expect students to purchase their flights until they have either (1) secured a student visa and/or (2) the borders are open to students entering on a tourist or short-term visa. Students who choose to purchase a non-refundable or non-changeable ticket assume all risks. 


We are offering a package of online synchronous courses. Check out our online-programs page.

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. We need to recognize that this is affecting so many students and schools everywhere, and that this once in a lifetime pandemic will come to an end soon. Let’s keep the hope and plan for our future together.

🔴 Refunds

All students will receive a 100% refund, less a $50 application processing fee, if they are not allowed into Japan for their programs at KCP due to border restrictions brought on by COVID-19.

If the Japanese government shows no signs of lifting the entry ban in time for the students’ chosen term, we will make an announcement in advance so that students can make their decision to cancel their study abroad enrollment before the deadline.

Visit Refunds for more details.

🔴 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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What We Know About the New Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
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Last updated May 8, 2022.

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