Japan travel checklist

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  • To do 

  • Passport: Is it up to date?

  • Entry requirements: Will your passport remain valid during your stay? Will you be earning any money in Japan? Do you have any criminal convictions?

  • Vaccinations: Have you checked whether you need any vaccinations?

  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?

  • Safety: Have you registered your travel plans with smartraveller and checked the latest safety advice on the region you\'re travelling to?

  • Money: Have you told your bank you\'re going overseas, and do you know how you\'ll be paying for things in Japan?

  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?

  • Transport: Do you know how you\'ll get from the airport to your accommodation?

  • Getting around: Do you know how you\'ll get around Japan, and do you need to pre-book any tickets? (Tip: Rail passes must be bought before you arrive.)

  • Driving: If you\'re planning to drive in Japan, do you have an International Driving Permit? Is driving covered by your insurance? Are you familiar with the road rules?

  • Phone: Do you know if your phone will work in Japan? Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you\'re planning to use a local SIM, is your phone unlocked?

  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps or the CHOICE Japan travel guide onto your mobile?

  • Medication: Have you checked that your medication is legal in Japan? 

  • To pack

  • Tickets

  • Money 

  • Passport

  • A copy of your travel insurance details

  • A list of emergency contacts at home and in Japan

  • Your hotel address written in Japanese (and any other important information such as food allergies)

  • Chargers and a power adapter

  • Any regular medication 

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