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Advice for British people living in Japan, including information on health, employment, benefits, driving licences and more.

Covid-19 Coronavirus

Please refer to our coronavirus specific travel advice if you are seeking information specific to the current Covid-19 pandemic in Japan.

We are not advising British people who are permanent residents overseas to return to the UK. You should follow the advice of the local authorities in your host country.

British nationals who have resident or student status in Japan should consider their own personal circumstances and take into account all of the information available, when making a decision on whether or not to return to the UK. You may consider the following factors:

  • Financial support Do you have sufficient funds to support yourself without going back to the UK for an undetermined number of months?
  • Health Insurance The Japanese National Health Insurance covers Covid-19 testing and medical treatments. Do you have medical coverage? Taking your own personal health condition into account, are you confident in receiving the necessary support you need in Japan? (Check the Health section below for more information)
  • Legal & Employment Support Do you understand the kind of support available to you in the case of unemployment or economic hardships due to Covid-19? Will these support mechanisms be sufficient for you to support yourself for an undetermined number of months? (Check the Legal and Employment section below for more information)
  • For students Do you understand the arrangements your host university has in place? Particularly access to medical facilities, accommodation and online learning options. Keep in contact with your UK university too (if applicable) about their advice.

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