Foreign travel advice

Japan

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Summary

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay up to date

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Japan. See information on measures introduced in Japan to limit the spread of the virus. Find out how to return to the UK from Japan.

See coronavirus travel advice for guidance on international travel.

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On 7 April, the government of Japan declared a State of Emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures. The State of Emergency will last until 6 May. For full information, see Coronavirus.

British Airways has announced that it will suspend all direct flights between Japan and the UK from Wednesday 8 April. See Return to the UK.

Japan has suspended its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport until at least the end of April 2020. This means that you will not be able to enter Japan as a visitor without a visa. Single and multiple entry visas have also been suspended. For full information, see Entry requirements and Coronavirus

Arrivals who have been to the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days are currently unable to enter Japan, other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to most people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country. For full information, see Coronavirus.

Those who want to return to the UK soon should take account of the fast moving situation and plan accordingly.

330,000 British nationals visited Japan in 2018. Most visits are trouble free.

Follow the British Embassy Tokyo on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more information about Japan.

There’s a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural disasters

On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which may affect Japan. You should keep in touch with news broadcasts, follow the advice of the local authorities (Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site) and keep up to date with this travel advice.

For updates on political events on the Korean peninsula which could affect travellers to Japan, you should read FCO travel advice for South Korea.

The Japanese authorities continue to maintain some exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Travel through these zones on some designated trunk roads is allowed. Follow local signs and instructions while travelling in this area. See Fukushima

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Japan, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

To contact the emergency services call 110 (police) or 119 (fire and ambulance). Calls are free of charge from any phone, including pay phones.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.