- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:20 NZDT
- Still current at: 25 September 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Japan.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant
On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused significant damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels remain a concern in the areas outlined above.
New Zealanders considering travel to affected areas are advised to follow any advice or instructions issued by the Japanese authorities on precautionary or protective measures. For further information, see the website for the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Security tensions in the region
Relations on the neighbouring Korean Peninsula can be tense. North Korea has previously conducted nuclear and ballistic missile tests within the region. Further tests, provocations or reactions, including affecting Japan, remain possible.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning and New Zealanders in Japan are advised to monitor the media to stay informed of any developments and follow any alerts and instructions issued by the local authorities.
Although crime levels in Japan are low, there have been reports of foreigners being targeted in Tokyo’s entertainment districts of Roppongi and Kabuki-cho for drink spiking, credit card fraud, robbery and fraudulent charges. Extra care should be taken to ensure your drink is never left unattended. We recommend against accepting drinks from strangers or recent acquaintances.
General travel advice
Foreigners in Japan are required to carry their passport or residence card at all times. Information on residence cards can be found on Japan’s Immigration Bureau website.
Japan has strict rules relating to the import and export of prescription medication. New Zealanders are advised to carry a letter from a doctor describing their medical condition and any prescribed medication. Consult Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for more information.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK provides a free smartphone app called "NHK World TV" which can be set to receive emergency notifications in English about earthquake and tsunami warnings as well as breaking news alerts. The breaking news alerts include J-Alert warnings and updates on weather-related incidents such as volcanic eruptions and typhoons. After downloading the app, turn on push notifications in the settings menu to ensure activation of the notification function.
Read the advice on preparing for emergencies by the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat for National Security Affairs and Crisis Management.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Japan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in Japan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Street Address 20-40 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150 - 0047, Japan Telephone +81 3 3467 2271 Fax +81 3 3467 2278 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/japan Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1730 hrs
New Zealand Honorary Consulate General Osaka, Japan
Street Address Daikin Industries Ltd, Umeda Centre Building, 2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi Kita-ku, Osaka 530 - 8323, Japan Telephone +81 6 6373 4583 Fax +81 6 6373 4394
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Fukuoka, Japan
Street Address Hakata Centre Bldg, Hakata Ekimae 3-5-7, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city, FUKUOKA 812-0011, Japan Telephone +81 92 734 1552 Fax +81 92 722 1405
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Nagoya, Japan
Street Address Rinnai Corporation, 2-26 Fukuzumi-cho, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya 454 - 0802, Japan Telephone +81 52 361 8257 Fax +81 52 361 8871 Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs
See our regional advice for North Asia
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New Zealand Embassy Japan
20-40 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150 - 0047, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 3467 2271
Fax: +81 3 3467 2278
Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1730 hrs