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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Japan

Japan is an important tourist destination admired for its culture. If you plan to visit the country, it is important that you know what documentation and papers you need. In this article, we inform you about everything you need to travel to this territory on your own.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Necessary documents

Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your trip, you may need to apply for a visa to enter Japan:


Provided that no paid activity is carried out, there are countries that have a mutual visa exemption agreement. Therefore, their citizens only need a passport to travel to Japan, that is, they can enter without visa.

First, there are some territories that can benefit from this advantage for a total of six months:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland

The rest of the states that have this agreement are allowed to remain in Japan for three months. They are the following:

  • TO: Andorra, Argentina, Australia
  • B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria
  • C: Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus
  • D: Denmark
  • AND: El Salvador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Estonia
  • F: Finland, France
  • G: Greece, Guatemala
  • H: Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
  • I: Iceland, Israel, Italy
  • L: Lesotho, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco
  • N: Norway, New Zealand
  • P: Netherlands, Poland, Portugal
  • R: Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Romania
  • S: San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Suriname, Sweden
  • T: Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey
  • OR: Uruguay

On the other hand, people from Brunei and Thailand can stay in the country without applying for a visa for up to 15 days.

It is advisable to take the accommodation reservation and other important documents by hand, as the authorities may request them.

Persons whose passport has been issued in a British or Portuguese colony are not taken into account. As for the citizens of Malaysia, they must have a biometric passport or with the symbol of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).

Likewise, people from Indonesia must register a passport of this type at the embassy or consulate of Japan before departure. For Taiwan, a passport with a personal identification number is requested.

Finally, citizens of Barbados, Turkey and Lesotho must have a Mechanical Reading Passport (MRP) or a biometric one accepted by ICAO.


People from other territories that we have not named before, such as Colombia, Peru or Venezuela, must apply for a temporary stay visa to travel to Japan as tourists. This will be valid for 90 days. This is the documentation that must be submitted:

  • Passport with a free sheet
  • 4.5 × 4.5 cm photograph
  • Application form filled in and signed
  • Work or study certificate
  • Proof of economic means (annual income and bank book with the latest payrolls)
  • Detailed travel plan
  • Hotel and plane reservation
Babies and children have to meet the same requirements as adults.

Also, if you are going to visit and stay at a friend or relative's house, it is also necessary to present these documents:

  • Document demonstrating the existing relationship.
  • Original invitation letter.
  • Original guarantee letter.
  • JUMINHYO (Home certificate) original. If you are a resident alien, TOROKUGENPYO KISAI JIKO SHOMEISHO (Certificate of Residence as a Foreigner), and photocopy of the passport with the visa.
  • If you are going to take care of your expenses, a document that demonstrates financial solvency, such as the recent bank balance.

If you are interested in moving to or living in Japan, you must apply for a work visa. In the case that you are going to study with some type of scholarship, you will need the visa of cultural activities. There is also a specific visa for descendants of Japanese.

Additional security

Since November 20, 2007, on the occasion of the prevention of terrorism, there is a protocol that must be followed when arriving in the country. First, the passport is presented and the index finger of each hand must be passed through a digital reader.

Then, a photo of the traveler's face and a interview short. This does not apply to children under 16, as well as permanent residents, people with activities related to diplomatic status and those invited by the leaders of the national administration.

When going through customs at the airport, if you only carry carry-on luggage and the limit figure is not exceeded in order to have to pay taxes, you only have to make an oral declaration. If you carry checked luggage, you must submit a written statement.

Travel with a pet

If you plan to travel to Japan with your pet, it is important that you inform yourself in advance of the process that must be passed. In the case of dogs and cats, they should carry microchips and be vaccinated against rabies.

In addition, they must perform serological tests and formalize certificates. Also, an official form must be sent to notify the Animal Quarantine Service at least 40 days before the trip.

If upon arrival, the animal meets all the requirements, the quarantine period will pass in 12 hours or less. If, on the contrary, you do not comply, you must go through a detention center of the Animal Quarantine Service, where you may remain up to 180 days.

Recommendations for Spaniards

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain advises that people who are going to visit Japan should be registered in the Travelers Registry. You can find it by clicking in this link.

Japan is a safe country as far as crime is concerned, so thefts are quite infrequent. The currency used is the Japanese yen, from which you can find more information in this article: Value, curiosities and history of the currency of Japan.

On the other hand, earthquakes are frequent. The most guarded area due to the danger of earthquakes today is Kumamoto, in Kyūshū, where caution should be taken.

As for volcanoes, you should not travel to areas near the Sakurajima volcano, in Kyūshū, or Kuchinoerabujima, on the Ryūkyū islands.

Sanitary requirements

Another of the tips What this agency gives is that medical insurance with broad coverage is contracted and that it does not require us to pay the expenses in advance, since the health of the country is expensive for foreigners. The health system is of great quality, but most doctors they do not speak English.

There are no mandatory vaccines to enter the country. Therefore, it is recommended to have the basic vaccination up to date for any destination:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Triple viral (measles, rubella and mumps)
  • Hepatitis A

User Questions

Is it expensive to travel to Japan?

The price of services and products in Japan is comparable to that of a European city, so it is not excessively expensive. The part of the trip to which you will have the largest budget is the flight.

What is the best time to visit Japan?

There is no little recommended date, since in most of the country, the weather is quite stable throughout the year. However, one of the most chosen times by visitors is spring, at which time Japanese cherry trees are in bloom.

Can you travel to Japan without knowing Japanese? And English?

It is not essential, but it is advisable to learn or have some basic words written in Japanese, such as numbers. As for English, it can make travel easier, but many Japanese people can't speak it. However, they are people with great predisposition to help, so, even if you do not speak the same language, they will do everything possible to understand you.

Is there a risk of radiation if you travel to Japan?

Today, radioactivity is not dangerous in most of the territory, with the exception of specific areas such as the area near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered major damage after the 2011 tsunami.

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