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.
- 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).
- 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.
- STEP 3
- Have a photograph of your face taken by the camera on top of the fingerprint scanner.
- STEP 4
- Answer any questions asked by the immigration officer.
- STEP 5
- Take your passport from the immigration officer to complete your interview.
Who Is Required/Not Required to Give Personally Identifying Information
Foreign nationals entering (or re-entering) Japan
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.
- 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.