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Medical and Safety Concerns

Are students, teachers, and chaperones required to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination in order to participate in NP:J?

Currently, the Japanese Government requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure in order to board flights to Japan. So long as this requirement is in place, all NP:J participants will need to comply with this requirement.

While it is not a requirement of the program, we highly recommend that students and teachers be fully vaccinated before participation in a travel program like NP:J. For the safety of all who travel and for the peace of mind of the families and schools upon whose hospitality the program depends, a fully vaccinated group would be preferred.

Japanese secondary schools are rather risk averse, and it is possible that some or all participating schools may ultimately require vaccination for all participants visiting their school(s). Should this be the case, participants would need to either be fully vaccinated in time for departure or withdraw from the program.

Does Laurasian Institution provide traveler’s insurance?

Laurasian Institution does not provide insurance for participants. A travel insurance policy that includes medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, and a 24-hour assistance hotline is required for those NP:J participants who do not have a personal health insurance policy that covers them abroad. Travel insurance is highly recommended for others. Everyone will be asked to provide proof of such health or travel insurance to NP:J by April 15.

How safe is Japan for students?

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world for foreign students. An established infrastructure, a low crime rate, and the desire of most Japanese to assist foreigners in Japan all contribute to a safe and welcoming environment for visitors. While Laurasian Institution cannot guarantee that an accident won’t happen, experience leading study tours in Japan reinforces that it is a safe destination for students.

Can participants bring prescription medication to Japan?

If participants plan on bringing medication, NP:J highly recommends contacting the Embassy of the United States to Japan as well as the Japanese Embassy or Consulate before leaving the U.S., in order to confirm it is allowed into Japan.

Please keep in mind that some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the U.S. are illegal in Japan. Specifically, medicines involving Pseudoephedrine including, Tylenol Cold, Nyquil, and Sudafed, as well as amphetamines typically found in ADHD medications such as Adderall, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse are not permitted.

What happens if a participant becomes ill or injured in Japan?

Laurasian Institution does everything it can to ensure the safety of participants, but the act of traveling in and of itself will always include risks. If a participant becomes ill or is injured, bilingual staff will seek appropriate medical attention.