Japan health & safety

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Medical services

Japan's healthcare and hospitals are of a high standard but unfortunately the cost is also high so make sure you get travel insurance!  The emergency operator staff, which can be reached by dialling 119, has English-speaking staff available.

Japan vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter Japan. Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan.

Safety and security

Below are a few hints and tips to ensure you have a hassle-free trip to Japan:

  • Take all the usual precautions regarding the safety of yourself and your belongings.  Don’t carry more cash than you need – utilise credit cards and travelers checks.  Leave belongings in hotel safes and keep copies of your passport, tickets, and other travel documents in separate place from the originals.
  •  Be aware that Japan is in a major earthquake zone, and earthquakes of varying sizes occur very frequently.  Also, the typhoon season in Japan normally runs from June to October.

Japan travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like on the side of the Japanese Alps or in an alley in Tokyo at 3 am.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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