When you visit Japan from overseas for travel purposes you will need a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay. In the case of short stays, you do not need a visa if you meet certain prescribed conditions. Please keep up to date with the latest information as procedure requirements for nationals of certain countries are subject to change without warning.
A passport serves as proof of your nationality and identity therefore you will need to carry a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay and present it when requested upon entering Japan, during your stay, and upon departing Japan. Once you decide to travel to Japan, be sure to make the necessary passport arrangements.
Also, in addition to ensuring your passport is valid for the duration of your stay, please be aware that, in some cases, people are unable to depart Japan if it is discovered that the period of validity remaining on their passport is insufficient. Different countries have different requirements regarding the remaining period of validity on a passport depending on factors such as the duration of stay and purpose of visit, so if your passport will expire within the next year, be sure to check the requirements that apply to you.
A visa serves as an entry permit to a country. Depending on predetermined agreements between countries, a visa may not be required to enter a certain country and a passport alone may suffice.
For visa exemption by individual country and other related information, please check Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Other Points to Note
If you suffer from an injury or illness during your stay in Japan, you may incur hefty fees for medical care. In order to prepare yourself for an emergency, we recommend taking out private medical insurance with sufficient coverage.