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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Japan: Rugby World Cup 2019

New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, beginning on 20 September 2019, should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Japan

Before you go
All New Zealanders planning on attending the Rugby World Cup are encouraged to:

  • Ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that provides cover for any pre-existing conditions and any activities they wish to undertake that may be excluded from regular policies.
  • Register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade so we can contact you and account for your well-being in an emergency.

When you get there
Proper manners are valued highly in Japan, and New Zealanders are encouraged to familiarise themselves with basic rules and etiquette.

Most Japanese people are very friendly and welcoming but can be reserved. Loud, boisterous behaviour is not as acceptable in Japan as it is in New Zealand.

Smoking should be done at designated smoking areas. Public spaces, restaurants, offices, and so on are subject to tighter anti-smoking laws and are often non-smoking altogether. Ashtrays are installed only at designated smoking areas. In some areas of Japan, cigarette butt littering incurs a fine.

Be aware that stricter laws may apply in Japan. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment. Anybody can be arrested, and held for up to 23 days before being charged with a crime.

Safety and security
There is some risk to your security in Japan due to the threat from terrorism. New Zealanders are advised to monitor the local media for information about threats to safety and security and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. See our Japan advisory for further information.

Foreigners in Japan are required to carry their passport or residence card at all times.

Be aware of pick-pockets and never leave your bag or belongings unattended while in public places or on public transport.

As a precaution against drink spiking, never leave your drink unattended in a bar or nightclub, or accept drinks from strangers or new acquaintances.

Medical treatment
Medical assistance in a foreign country can be extremely expensive and you are expected to pay any medical costs yourself.

The Japanese National Tourism Organisation has a website to assist with understanding how to seek medical treatment in Japan.

Bringing medication into Japan:

Where to get help
In an emergency call 119 for fire or ambulance, or 110 for police.

Consular assistance
New Zealanders requiring consular assistance in Japan should contact the New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo

Street Address: 20-40 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150 – 0047, Japan

Telephone: +81 3 3467 2271



For information on attending the Rugby World Cup, visit the New Zealand Official Rugby World Cup website. 

For further information on the Rugby World Cup itself, visit the Official Website of the IRB Rugby World Cup 2019.

Associated Advisories:

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