Bank Holiday Opening Hours & Delivery Notice May 2017
Our opening hours29Apr (Sat) 10am–3pm
30Apr (Sun) Closed
01May (Mon) 10am–3pm
02May (Tue) 9am–6pm
< Special condition for UK Delivery by Royal Mail >
All JR Pass orders received after 2pm on Friday, 28April will be ready for collection or dispatched by post on Tuesday, 2nd May.
Collection from our office is possible during opening times mentioned above. For international delivery, please speak to us directly.
*We will accommodate urgent orders during opening hours, for an extra fee. Please come and order from our Holborn office.
Do I Need a Visa to Enter Japan?
Obtaining a visa to enter a foreign country can be a tricky procedure and Japan is no exception. Depending on where your current passport was issued, this will affect whether you need to organise a visa prior to your trip to Japan or not.
The following information will give details about which countries have a "Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangement" with Japan.
British Passport Holders
Any British citizen with a full British passport does not require a visa to enter Japan! However, you will need to submit a Disembarkation Card which will be provided either during the flight or after you have arrived at your arrival airport in Japan.
This is a simple form and will look something like this:
Other Passport Holders
If you hold a passport from any of the coutries listed below, similarly you will not be required to make any visa arrangements and only the above disembarkation card will be necessary:
|For a period of 6 months or less|
|Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK citizens only).|
|For a period of 3 months or less|
|Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, LLesotho (Note 2), Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey (Note 2) and Uruguay.|
|For a period of 90 days or less|
|Andorra, Australia, Barbados (Note 2), Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hong Kong (Note 3), Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau (Note 4), Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan (Note 5) and the U.S.A.|
|For a period of up to 14 days|
Countries and Regions with Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan
Note 1: Nationals of some countries which have a visa exemption arrangement with Japan are currently strongly recommended to obtain a visa prior to entering Japan. Strict landing examination will apply at passport control in Japan for those nationals arriving without visas. These countries are: Malaysia (since 1st June 1993), Peru (since 15th July 1995) and Colombia (since 1st February 2004).
Note 2: Nationals of Lesotho and Barbados with NON-MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS (NON-MRP) are strongly recommended to obtain a visa before entering Japan (from 1st April 2010). Turkish nationals with NON-MRP also will be strongly recommended to obtain a visa from 1st April 2011.
Note 3: Visas are not required for Hong Kong SAR passport holders and BNO passports holders (Hong Kong permanent identity card holders).
Note 4: Visas are not required for Macau SAR passport holders.
Note 5: Visas are not required for Taiwan passport holders with a personal ID number shown in the respective passport.
What if My Country is Not on The List?
If your passport was issued in any country that is not listed here then you will need to make visa arrangements before you leave to Japan.
The best way to organise a Japanese travel visa is to speak directly to your embassy or the Japanese embassy as they will have all the necessary details and application forms you will need.
I have a visa to stay in the UK, do I need a visa for Japan?
Unfortunately, the deciding factor of whether you need a visa to enter Japan or not is decided by the passport you have, not any other visas which you may have. Therefore the above rules still apply and you will need to check with an embassy to organise a visa if your country is not on the list.
More Related Information
- JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) - Visa Information
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Guide to Japanese - Guide to Japanese Visas
- Embassy of Japan in the UK - visa general info