Be in the know before you go
Nationals of many countries, including nearly all Western countries, are eligible to enter Japan for short-term stays (usually 90 days) with a visa on entry for holiday and business trips. Nationals that do not have the “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan must obtain a visa beforehand. To apply for a visa, the applicant must apply in person to a Japanese embassy or a consulate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
All foreigners arriving in Japan are fingerprinted and photographed, except children aged 15 and younger, diplomats, and permanent residents of Japan. All visitors must complete an entry/exit form including a customs declaration. It is important that this form is kept safe and presented to immigration officials on departure. All airport taxes are included in the price of flight tickets.
Travelers aged 20 or older can bring the following duty-free items into Japan:
• 400 non-Japanese cigarettes
• Three bottles (760cc each) of alcohol
• Two ounces of perfume
• Tourists can also bring in goods for personal use – purchased abroad – whose total market value is less than 200,000 yen
Health & Wellness
No vaccinations are required except for yellow fever if you are traveling from an area where the disease is present. It is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy prior to travelling. The policy should cover adventure excursions and full medical coverage as the country’s excellent hospitals come at a premium price if the policy holder needs emergency treatment.
Police dial 110; Emergency Medical Services dial 119; Fire service dial 119. The Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center offers an emergency interpretation service with English-speaking doctors at: (03) 5285-8185.
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