If you are planning to travel to Japan, find out what you need to know about the coronavirus in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to purchase travel insurance and check that it provides sufficient coverage. See Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travel insurance abroad.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
330,000 British nationals visited Japan in 2018. Most visits are seamless.
There is an ongoing risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. The latest warnings and notices are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural Disasters
On April 21, 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean Peninsula may change without notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which could affect Japan. You should keep in touch with TV news, follow the advice of local authorities (Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site) and keep up to date with these travel tips.
For updates on political events on the Korean Peninsula that may affect travelers to Japan, you should read FCDO travel advice for South Korea.
Japanese authorities continue to maintain certain exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. It is permitted to cross these areas on certain designated national roads. Follow local signs and instructions when traveling in this area. See Fukushima
Attacks in Japan cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism
To contact the emergency services, call 110 (police) or 119 (fire and ambulance). Calls are free from any phone, including payphones.
If you are overseas and need emergency help from the British government, contact the nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.