Japan Register Travel insurance Destinations
Last updated: August 31, 2017 16:58 ET
Still valid: September 5, 2017 17:35 ET
Latest updates: The Safety and security tab was updated – tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
JAPAN – Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Japan. Exercise normal security precautions.
Fukushima nuclear power plant and surrounding area – Avoid all travel
Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the districts and towns designated by the Japanese government as Areas under Evacuation Orders.
Safety and security
Fukushima nuclear power plant and surrounding area (see Advisory)
Following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi power plant nuclear incident, the Japanese authorities have placed restrictions, including travel and overnight stay bans, on the plant s surrounding area due to the risk of exposure to radiation. Always follow the instructions of local authorities.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula
Tensions on the neighbouring Korean Peninsula could escalate with little notice and the security situation could deteriorate suddenly. Tensions may increase before, during and after North Korean nuclear and missile tests, military exercises or as the result of incidents or military activities at or near the inter-Korean border. Monitor developments, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. We strongly recommend that Canadians register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive latest updates.
While crime against foreigners is generally low, you should always exercise normal security precautions. Be particularly cautious in all entertainment and nightlife districts throughout Japan.
If you are victim of a crime, file a police report at the station closest to where the crime occurred. Occasionally, local police may be hesitant to prepare a report for foreigners. If this happens, contact the embassy for assistance.
Spiked food and drinks
Drink spiking, where drugs or very strong alcohol, causing loss of consciousness, are mixed into the drinks of unsuspecting patrons by staff or other customers, occurs at bars and nightclubs. The motive of drink spiking is typically to defraud, overcharge, rob or assault, primarily male victims. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers.
Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
There have been incidents of fraud, including overcharging at bars and clubs. Disputes over overcharging have led to incidents of violence. If possible, avoid carrying credit cards when frequenting nightclubs in any entertainment district as people paying with credit cards are often targeted.
Women s safety
Inappropriate touching may occur in busy subways and trains during morning and evening commuting hours.
Consult our safe-travel guide for women for more travel safety information.
Travel by road is generally safe, but roads may be narrow and are occasionally shared by cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
If you travel by taxi, have your destination written in Japanese as drivers may not understand English.
Travel by subway and train systems is quick and convenient. Signs are usually in Japanese but signage in English is becoming more common, especially in larger cities and at tourist destinations.
The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.
General safety information
Emergency information and advice for tourists is available from the Japan National Tourism Organization.
It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Japanese authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of Japan or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Japan, which must be valid for the expected duration of their stay in that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
If you plan to travel to other countries in the region, check passport validity requirements for the countries you plan to visit. Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from that country. Canadians travelling onward from Japan to other Asian destinations have been denied boarding due to insufficient validity on their passports.
Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to a maximum of 90 days
Business visa: Required
Work visa: Required
Student visa: Required
You cannot apply for a visa if you have already entered Japan as a tourist.
Business travellers need a visa if they are to receive compensation in addition to their regular salary for work carried out while in Japan.
Overstaying the 90-day, tourist visa-free limit or any other visa time limit is a criminal offence. If you overstay, you may be subject to fines, deportation and may be barred from re-entry to Japan.
For further information on visas, contact the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa or the Japanese consulate nearest you before departure.
Other entry requirements
Along with your passport and any required visas to visit Japan, you must have:
- an onward or return ticket
- confirmed accommodation arrangements
- proof of sufficient funds for your stay in the country
Japanese officials will photograph and fingerprint all visitors upon arrival. Some exceptions may apply, including for children under the age of 16, individuals with special permanent residency and diplomats on assignment to Japan (and holding a Japanese diplomatic visa). For more information, consult the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
Japanese regulations require that visiting foreigners give detailed information when checking in at hotels or other lodging facilities. The required information includes:
Foreigners must also allow their passports to be photocopied.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country s vaccination requirements.