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Japan Immigration Procedures

As part of efforts to combat terrorism, anti-terror measures have been put in place to use the personally identifying information provided to Immigration. Non-japanese nationals who are required to provide personally identifying information will have their fingerprints and a photograph taken.

Immigration Process

  1. STEP 1
    At the immigration interview, present your passport and Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants (ED card) (Japanese nationals do not need an ED card).
  2. STEP 2
    At the instruction of your immigration officer, place both of your index fingers on the fingerprint scanners and have your index finger prints electromagnetically scanned.
  3. STEP 3
    Have a photograph of your face taken by the camera on top of the fingerprint scanner.
  4. STEP 4
    Answer any questions asked by the immigration officer.
  5. STEP 5
    Take your passport from the immigration officer to complete your interview.

Who Is Required/Not Required to Give Personally Identifying Information

Applicable to

Foreign nationals entering (or re-entering) Japan

Exempt Persons

Passengers are exempt from having to provide personally identifying information if any of the following apply.

  • 1. Special Permanent Residents
  • 2. Children under the age of 16
  • 3. Persons seeking to conduct activities under a diplomatic or official visa
  • 4. Persons invited by the head of a national administrative body
  • 5. Persons as stipulated by decree of the Ministry of Justice in accordance with 3 or 4

Please refer to the Customs Office website for details.

Important Information

  • Any non-Japanese national obliged to submit personally identifying information who refuses to have their fingerprints scanned or a photograph of their face taken will not be permitted to enter Japan and will be ordered to leave the country.
  • Any omissions on your Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants (ED card) will make your immigration interview take longer, so please make sure to fill in every field on the card.