Japan is one of the safest countries in the world but still be vigilant when travelling.
The medical infrastructure is modern, but expensive. Even in big cities, it is sometimes difficult to find English-speaking doctors. Find a list of recommended hospitals, pharmacies and dentists in the subtab 'Hospitals and doctors'.
Having travel insurance is essential, and so is being able to prove it when you need medical assistance. Travelers without travel insurance have been known to be rejected by some (small) hospitals. Japanese hospitals and clinics do not accept foreign health insurance. Without travel insurance for Japan, you will be required to pay the full cost of any medical treatment and/or facility stay. Depending on your policy, the insurance company will also be able to help you find the right hospital, make appointments, help with interpretation, etc. You can buy your travel health insurance before your departure, or buy it after your arrival in Japan.
Many common medications that are allowed in Belgium might be prohibited to take into Japan, even if you have a prescription from your doctor. We advise you to carefully read and to strictly follow the instructions of the Japanese authorities before entering Japan: Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) including the FAQs.
For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com (in English or in Japanese), including
- the name of the medicine;
- drug’s ingredients;
- dosage & quantity;
- your e-mail address;
- other relevant information.
Natural phenomena, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons are quite common in Japan. It is advised to download the "Safety tips" application, available on Google Play and App Store, sending warnings in English as well as providing weather forecasts. There is also a "Japan Shelter Guide" application, available on Google Play and App Store, which indicates the nearest evacuation zones.
Current COVID-19 measures
Japan asks its population and tourists to observe the following corona rules:
- Wear a mask when having conversations within 2 meters (indoor and outdoor), in public places or on public transport. Most Japanese people wear masks in all situations. Surgical masks are most recommended;
- Keep a sufficient distance (at least 2 m.);
- Avoid crowded places;
- Avoid small spaces with insufficient ventilation;
- Do not talk loudly indoors (especially when not wearing a mask or during meals);
- Do not go out when not feeling well;
- Wash your hands regularly with soap (at least 30 sec.). Gels are generally provided by the location you ar;
- Avoid taking public transport in rush hours.
In most institutions, hand gel is available at the entrance, as well as a thermometer to check your temperature.
For more details, please consult the travel advice issued by the FPS Foreign Affairs in Dutch or French or the website of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.
If you appear to have covid-19 symptoms during the mission, please contact the Belgian Embassy in Tokyo by calling the emergency number outside of office hours +81 90 7737 9843. They will provide you further guidance with the covid-19 quarantine procedure.