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How to Travel Safely in Japan in 2021
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How to Travel Safely in Japan in 2021

Jan 05, 2021

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world for locals and tourists alike. However due to Covid-19 situation there are some precautions we should take in order to protect ourselves and the people we come into contact with.

While dining out:

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Always wash your hands with soap and water.

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Sanitise your hands after handling money, door handles or other high-traffic surfaces.

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Only remove your mask to eat or drink.

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Talk softly while eating indoors to prevent spraying saliva particles.

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Don't share food or utensils with others.

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Avoid crowded bars or nightclubs. The virus has been shown to spread mostly at these venues.

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Avoid getting so drunk that you cannot follow these safety tips.

While taking public transportation:

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Ensure you are wearing a mask.

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Keep a safe distance from other people while waiting in lines.

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If possible, choose to travel at non-peak times in order to avoid travelling in a crowded train or bus.

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Don't talk while eating on public transport as this may spread infection.

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When talking to your friends or family, speak softly to avoid spreading virus particles.

At shops or tourist facilities:

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Log in to the Coronavirus contact tracing app "COCOA" so that you will know if you were exposed to the virus.

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Always wear a mask.

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Make a reservation in advance wherever possible to avoid lining up in a crowd.

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If a venue is crowded, leave and return later when it is less crowded.

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Do not yell or sing aloud indoors.

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Try not to touch things unless you have to.

When staying overnight:

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Make sure you have registered for thecoronavirus contact tracing app "COCOA".

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Ensure that you ventilate your room and let in fresh air.

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Wear your mask to and from facilities like restaurants and onsen.

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When you remove your mask for the hot spring, try and relax without speaking to ensure everyone's safety in the water.

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Don't forget to wear your mask even if you go out partying at night.

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Do not travel if you feel ill.

If you feel sick while travelling, you can refer to the following resources:

If you are in Tokyo, use this Himawari website to find a doctor or hospital that speaks your language <https://himawari-metro-tokyo.j-server.com/LUCTKIRYO/ns/tl.cgi/https://www.himawari.metro.tokyo.jp/qq13/qqport/tomintop/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=utf-8&XJSID=0>

We recommend St. Lukes International Hospital as they speak English and allow drop in visits, even for tourists. You will have to pay an extra 5000 yen fee to visit without a referral. <http://hospital.luke.ac.jp/eng/index.html>

If outside of Tokyo, you can use this search tool for finding a hospital <https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html#search|a=https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html#search>

Call 119 in an emergency.

Please bring travel insurance with you on your trip if you are not a resident in Japan as healthcare can be expensive.

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