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Japan Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans

US citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days (extension possible), for British passport holders endorsed British Citizen or British National (Overseas). In all other cases, a visa is required.

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. Note that passport exemptions apply to holders of an Emergency or Temporary Passport issued to nationals of Australia. Note that visa exemptions apply to holders of an APEC Business Travel Card, provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Japan. In such cases, a 'visit pass' will be issued on arrival.

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival, and require a visa to enter Japan.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. Passport exemptions apply to holders of a temporary or emergency passport who are New Zealand nationals. No visa is required, for stays of up to 90 days. Note that visa exemptions apply to holders of an APEC Business Travel Card, provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Japan. In such cases, a 'visit pass' will be issued on arrival.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival in Japan. No visa is required, for stays of up to 90 days (extensions are possible).

Passport/Visa Note

All foreign passengers to Japan must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country, return/onward tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

Our Travel Expert

Carey Finn Hails from Cape Town, lives in Tokyo (until further notice). A writer type with a love for languages, tea and cherry blossom trees, she headed to Japan to teach English “for a year or two”, and for some reason is still there five years later. After spending some time in laid-back Osaka, she moved up to the crazy capital that is Tokyo, where she tries to hold onto as much of her sanity, and yen, as possible. You can find her cheapo travel advice at www.tokyocheapo.com, where she helps people make the most of the city on a shoestring budget.

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