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COVID-19: Safe Travel in Okinawa

Keep up to date on infection control measures, recommendations and guidelines for a safe and secure vacation in Okinawa.

We would like to ask for the understanding and cooperation of travelers visiting Okinawa to take basic infection control measures in your trip.

Ensure good
Avoid crowded
Wash your hands
Use alcohol

Request for Foreign Tourists to Okinawa for preventing infection during your visit.

Before your trip
It's important to check your health thoroughly before coming to Okinawa. Make sure to have both regular medications and a test kit on hand in case of a fever.
If you are feeling unwell, please reschedule your visit. With a doctor's note, you may be able to receive free reimbursement for cancellation fees for flights, etc. If you need more information, please contact the relevant office.
Isolate right away if you have symptoms of flu or Covid-19. Stay home until you have no fever without taking fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms are getting better.
Medical expenses can be costly for foreign visitors who get ill during their stay in Japan, so please make sure you are covered by private medical insurance. Some insurance policies do not cover infectious diseases like COVID-19, so check the details of your coverage carefully. You can find further information about international travel insurance for visitors in Japan at this link.
During your trip
It is important to follow the infection control rules mandated by the services you utilize (hotels, diving stores, etc.).
Wearing masks or taking other enhanced infection control measures may be necessary due to local epidemic conditions and the risk of contact with elderly people.
If you are not feeling well, do not go out and rest at your hotel. If you are not sure whether you should see a doctor or where you should see a doctor, call the Okinawa Medical Interpreter Support Center at 0570-050-235.
After your trip
When you recognize symptoms and you are diagnosed with a highly contagious illness such as flu or COVID-19 after your trip, please inform the people you were with during your trip.

Things to be aware of while in Okinawa

Pay attention to heat stroke and sunburn

Heat stroke can quickly occur when spending long hours under the hot sun or in hot rooms. We advise you to avoid direct sunlight for long periods, drink plenty of water, and take enough mineral salts. In addition, ultraviolet rays in Okinawa are powerful, so please limit skin exposure to reduce sunburn risk.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption during your trip

Many people feel unwell due to excessive alcohol consumption, with increasing cases reported of people being rushed to emergency rooms due to alcohol intoxication. So to make your trip a pleasant memory, drink moderately.

Enjoy the sea safely

In Okinawa, you can enjoy several marine recreational activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving. While most provide a harmless and wonderful experience at sea, participants can still run the risk of injury. To prevent potential hazards or emergencies, exercise water sports safety tips, such as swimming in a group, avoiding alcohol, and only entering the water when an experienced guide or lifeguard is present.

Free medical consultation line

There is a free, 24-hour medical consultation service for international visitors in case of sudden illness or injury. Resident nurses will ask you about your symptoms and offer advice and information on clinics with foreign language-speaking staff on hand.

Available languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, Nepali, French, Russian, Myanmar, Hindi, Mongolian, Persian, Taiwanese (18 languages)

For further information, please refer to the official Guide for when you are feeling ill provided by Japan National Tourism Organization.

Useful Resources

JNTO Multilingual Visitor Hotline
Multilingual Visitor Hotline (24H) [PDF: 570KB]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Latest information on entry restrictions to Japan
Okinawa Medical Interpreter Support Center, Medical Interpretation Service Management Office
Worry-less travel to Okinawa
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information
Measures by the Government of Japan
Preventing Heatstroke
Enjoy Good Health by Adopting the New Lifestyle to Prevent Heatstroke & COVID-19 Infection [PDF: 660KB]