For a comprehensive guide and advice on overseas travel, click here.
Visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) website for the latest travel updates and news.
Before you depart
- eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and download the MFA@SG app.
- Purchase a comprehensive travel insurance that covers hospitalisation and medical evacuation.
- Keep a photocopy of your passport biodata page, traveller’s cheque and credit cards separately.
- Bring sufficient cash as money changers may not be easily accessible in Japan, especially outside major cities.
- Inform your family of your itinerary and stay in touch with them.
- Apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you plan to drive in Japan for short term visit. Note that the car rental companies in Japan only accept the original copy of the IDP. The IDP can be applied at the Automobile Association of Singapore.
For long term stay, please refer to the Metropolitan Police Department (Tokyo) and the Japan Automobile Federation on the conversion of foreign driving license.
While in Japan
- Monitor Weather Conditions
Monitor the local weather conditions closely in the city that you are visiting as there could be typhoon, earthquake, heavy snow, etc. Please refer to the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency at www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html for the latest update and weather warnings/advisories, if any.
Download the NHK World app for push notifications on emergency/disaster (earthquake, volcano, J-Alert, etc) alerts in English.
As travel plans could be affected due to inclement weather, do prepare alternate plans for flight delays or cancellations. In the event of an emergency, heed the advice of the local authorities and follow their instructions.
- Extension of Stay Permit/Visa
If you need to stay in Japan beyond the duration permitted (usually up to 90 days for short stay), you need to apply for a visa extension at the Immigration Bureau of Japan (入国管理局). The list of local immigration office is available here.
- Foreign Currency Exchange
There may not be authorised currency exchange shops outside major cities (Tokyo, Osaka), and available vending machines may not accept Singapore Dollars. Besides changing at the local airports and banks (e.g. SMBC, Japan Post Office Bank, MUFJ, Mizuho Bank), you may try Travelex and World Currency Shop, which have a large money exchange network in Japan.
- Lost Passport
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- Lost Money
Contact your family or friends in Singapore so that they can remit money to you through Western Union in Singapore. Once money is deposited at Western Union in Singapore, a reference number will be provided. You can then collect the money from the nearest Western Union office in Japan by presenting your passport and quoting the reference number (note that some outlets may not open on weekends and public holidays).
Alternatively, your family or friends can contact the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs at (65)-6379 8000 for further advice.
- Safety tips
Read the safety tips issued by JNTO here, for Japan visitors and understand what to do in the event of emergency.
- Legal Advice
The Japan Legal Support Center provides free legal advice (usually up to 3 consultations) for foreigners in multi-languages. Note that call charges may apply. Fore more information on their services, please visit http://www.houterasu.or.jp/en/index.html
- Useful Contacts
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Office hours: Weekdays,
9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Counter/Notarial Service: Weekdays, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm*
* Appointment is required for services in the afternoon
The Embassy is closed on weekends, public holidays in Japan and Singapore National Day on 9 Aug.
List of Embassy holidays in 2018
5-12-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tel +81 (3) 3586-9111/2
Fax +81 (3) 3582-1085
For consular emergencies after office hours call
+81 (90) 3208-4122