Japan

Entry virtually impossible or very difficult. Test required.
Quarantine required. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in Japan?

+122 New COVID cases in Japan
+3 New COVID deaths in Japan
77.57% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 8, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

Basic facts about Japan

Japan is a medium-sized country located in Eastern Asia. The capital of Japan is Tokyo and the most spoken language is Japanese. The national currency in Japan is Japanese yen (JPY).

What taxi apps are available in Japan?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Japan.

Uber is available in 15 cities of Japan. Bolt is not available in Japan.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

Japanese yen (JPY)Official currency
1 EUR~127.88 JPY
1 USD~113.73 JPY

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Japan?

The official language of Japan is Japanese. Traveling across Japan if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers. You can go into someone who doesn't comprehend the word that you speak. Learn a few distress phrases, such as aid, emergency, and police, as a precaution, and of course, the most important phrase to know is “Do you speak English?”

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Japan was ranked 55th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Japan?

There are 2 common plug types used in Japan:

Type A 100 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz  Type B 100 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Japan?

Currently, citizens of 68 countries can enter Japan without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter Japan?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Japan.

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

Is it safe in Japan?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On November 15, 2021, the risk level for Japan was changed to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Emergency phones in Japan

110 Police
119 Ambulance
119 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Japan?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol

  • 3 bottles (760ml as a bottle)

Tobacco

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco products

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

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