From the Embassy: Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009 and Australian Passport

19 Nov 2009 8:30 PM | Deleted user

Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009


The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have advised that foreigners in Japan who are defined as a designated priority group are eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccination.  If you are interested in receiving the H1N1 vaccination, please contact your local public health office or your primary care physician to inquire about vaccination eligibility and availability. 


A link to Japan’s Prefecture health websites is at:

Australians travelling or living overseas should read the Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009 Travel Bulletin and the travel advice for their destination.  More information concerning the H1N1 Influenza can also be obtained from the Australian Department of Health and Aging and the Commonwealth Health Hotline.  Links are below.


For more information in Japan please go to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare at

The Australian Embassy and Consulates have no in-house medical facilities.  We cannot provide medical treatment (including anti-viral medication).  Please make appropriate arrangements for access to healthcare and medication for you and your family.


Australian Passport


Make sure you don’t get caught at the last minute with an expired (or missing) passport before Christmas.  We encourage you to always know where your passport is stored and to be aware of when it expires.  Please be aware that most foreign countries require that you have a minimum of six months’ validity on your passport to be able gain entry into that country.  We recommend you renew your passport seven months before it is due to expire.


For information on renewing your Australian passport in Japan please see:


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