Japan Entry Requirements

Landing Examination Procedures in Japan are changing !

By November 20, 2007 all foreign nationals (excluding special permanent residents, persons under the age of 16, and others specified as eligible for exemption) will be required to submit personal identification through fingerprinting and photography upon examination of documents at customs. Refusal to cooperate will result in denial of entry to Japan.

The Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice has produced a publicity video entitled “Landing Examination Procedures for Japan are Changing!”, in order to create awareness and understanding for this new procedure. With English, Chinese, and Korean subtitles, Passengers are strongly encouraged to view this link before travelling to Japan: (61ch, Cool Japan [http://nettv.gov-online.go.jp/channel.html?c=61]) or [http://nettv.gov-online.go.jp/prg/prg1203.html].


If you have a valid Canadian passport, you can enter Japan without a visa for a stay of maximum 90 days. Your passport must be valid until you return to Canada. If you are visiting other foreign countries, please be aware that each country has different restrictions and a visa may be required. It is your own responsibility to obtain all necessary documents prior to departure.

If you are planning to work in Japan, you must obtain a necessary visa prior to departure. For a listing of consulate offices, click HERE.


You may be required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Please contact the nearest Embassy of Japan or Consulate-General of Japan office. For a listing of consulate offices, click HERE.

If you travel to Japan via U.S.A., you may be required to obtain a U.S.A. visa prior to departure.
It is your responsibility to have all necessary documentation prior to departure. Click HERE for the Embassy of the United States of America in Ottawa.



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