FAQ

Visa / Insurance

Visa / Insurance

Do I need a visa and insurance even if I will only be staying in Japan for a short period of time?
Yes, both a visa and insurance are necessary. For visa information, check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for countries and regions eligible for visa exemption, and follow the necessary procedures. As for insurance, you must take out insurance prior to departure from your country because you never know what could happen during your stay in Japan.
Please note that without insurance, you must pay full medical expenses if, for example, you are involved in an accident and get injured.
If I receive medical care at a hospital, will I have to pay in cash even if I am insured?
As a general rule, you must pay full medical expenses in cash (Japanese yen) at hospitals. In most cases these expenses will be reimbursed by your insurance company. However, you need to check on each occasion because different insurance companies and different medical institutions have different arrangements.
I need a visa to participate in the program. What procedures do I have to follow?
Visa application procedures differ by country/region. Please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/
Students who need a visa must check “Yes” in the Application Form section asking whether or not you need a visa. Detailed information on necessary procedures will be notified to students granted permission for admission.
I was granted permission for admission and obtained a visa. However, I will not be able to attend the program due to circumstances outside my control. What should I do and how can I cancel my visa?
You must contact the staff of the Hokkaido Summer Institute Section immediately. To cancel a visa, the visa holder must go to the consulate in person to carry out visa cancellation procedures. For more details, please follow the instructions given to you by the staff of the Hokkaido Summer Institute Section.