Note: Due to the current travel restrictions, the visa information on this page may not be 100% accurate. Please read Can I Travel to Japan Now? for the latest information.
American citizens only need a valid passport to enter Japan. A Japan travel visa is not necessary. On arrival, the immigration officer asks for your passport and you will get photographed and fingerprinted. In your passport, you will get a temporary visitor stamp and permission to stay up to 90 days.
The temporary visitor permit allows you to go sightseeing, participate in amateur sports, visit relatives, take inspection tours, participate in lectures or research, attend conferences, make business contacts, etc.
The temporary visitor permit does not allow you to make money in Japan. If you are planning to work, you must leave the country and apply for a work visa.
Do You Need a Japan Travel Visa?
Japan has a visa exemption arrangement with 68 countries, which includes the United States. Visitors from these 68 countries do not need a visa to enter Japan for tourism.
|Belgium||Dominican Republic||Hong Kong||Lithuania||Netherlands||Slovenia||United Arab Emirates|
|Brunei||El Salvador||Hungary||Luxembourg||New Zealand||South Korea||United Kingdom|
Citizens from countries not on the list need to apply for a travel visa to Japan. For the most up to date information, it is best to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Requirements to Enter Japan
In order to enter Japan, you must have a passport that will remain valid for the entire duration of your stay, a blank page in your passport for the entry stamp, and an airline ticket leaving Japan.
Carry Your Passport
You are required to carry your passport with you at all times while you are in Japan. If a police officer asks you for your passport, you must be able to show him or her that you have a valid permit.
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