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Passport, Visa and Customs

This information is intended as a guide only, for official information please contact your nearest Japanese Embassy or check the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.


Your passport must be valid for your period of stay in Japan. It is always a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport in case you lose it. Japan usually require that you hold a valid onward or return ticket in order to be allowed to enter Japan. Upon Departure from your flight you will need to proceed through a passport check, where officers will check the validity of your passport, scan your fingerprints and take a photo of you. These is required for all travellers 16 years and over.


Japan has agreements with 61 countries and regions, which allows nationals of these countries to enter Japan without a visa when the purpose of their visit is holiday tourism, business, a conference or to visit to relatives or friends. Nationals of countries that do not have "Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements" with Japan must obtain a visa. To check the current Visa status for Japan of your country go to Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on visa page.

Customs Procedures

As a visitor to Japan you are required to perform certain Customs procedures which are an important part of entry into and departure from the country. All passengers will need to complete a Japan Customs Declaration. Certain items that you bring in might be subject to duties and taxes and you must declare these items on the customs declaration form. For a full list of items as well as prohibited items, have a look at the Japan Customs website.

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