Japan Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Japan, a passport valid for the duration of intended stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Whether or not they hold a visa, visitors who do not possess visible means of support for their stay, onward or return tickets, or other documents for their next destination, may be refused entry.
All foreign nationals entering Japan will be photographed and have their fingerprints taken; foreign nationals may also be subject to a short interview regarding their purpose of stay. Non-compliance will result in refusal of entry.
Visas for Japan are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:
• Nationals of Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK for up to six months.
• Nationals of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden for up to three months.
• Nationals of Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the USA for up to 90 days.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Japan.
Transit visa: £4; single-entry temporary visitor visa: £16; multiple-entry temporary visitor visa: £32. These are the fees for most visitors requiring a visa, but costs differ for certain nationalities; check with the consulate for the most up-to-date information.
Passengers in transit and not leaving the airport do not require a visa. If you wish to leave the airport during transit and are not a visa-exempt national, you must obtain a transit visa.
In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy) or via a registered visa agent (in which case you don't need to visit the embassy in person).
Upon entry you will be asked to declare the amount of cash you have in your possession on an arrival card.
If you wish to extend your stay, you must apply to a regional immigration office in Japan.
Documentary evidence of parental responsibility or guardianship may be required on entry if travelling as a single parent or non-relative with children.
Japanese immigration laws are very strict about allowing entry to foreign nationals with criminal records. Consult the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country before departing to Japan.
Animal quarantine can take several months. You can find detailed information from the Animal Quarantine Service (www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/im_index.html).