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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Japan?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Japan?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Japan?
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The country of Japan lies at the intersection of modern cutting-edge technology, evolving pop culture and thousands of years of tradition.

Whether you're a foodie, history buff, techie, nature lover or all of the above, the four main islands of the Land of the Rising Sun have something to offer everyone—and often leaves a lasting impact on those who make the journey.

Travel Requirements for Japan

Japan reopened borders to international travel in June of 2022, as the pandemic eased. With the reopening comes a number of entry restrictions. Most significantly, visitors from a host of countries, including the United States, will now need visas to enter the country. For the latest entry requirements for Japan, please contact the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although Japan doesn't require you to purchase health insurance before entering the country, it's still a smart idea to purchase a travel health policy. There are a number of travel insurance plan for Japan for you to choose from based on your needs and coverage.

COVID-19 in Japan

If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

If you have to visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.

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Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & safety

Japan is regarded as one of the safest countries for both residents and tourists, with low crime rates and safe streets. No country is perfect, however, and you should be sure to exercise caution in crowds and protect your belongings at all times. When possible, avoid traveling with all of your cash and credit cards on you at once and keep an eye on your phone, camera and other electronic items.

Scams are some of the most common crimes seen in Japan, so keep your guard up and be careful when giving your credit card as payment or if someone offers to take a photo of you on your phone. Bar scams are also a common occurrence in Japan and mostly target tourists.

People may try to befriend you and lure you into a bar or restaurant, before racking up a massive bill and skipping out, leaving you responsible to pay for everything. Lastly, watch your drink at all times in bars and clubs as spiking drinks for the purpose of theft is becoming more common.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Japan.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Pneumonia
  • Hepatitis A
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

Japan allows visitors from a select 68 countries, including the United States, to enter the country visa-free for periods of 90 days or less. It is always required, however, to have a valid passport to enter the country. Read this article to see if you need a visa to visit Japan.

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