Immigration policy for Japan

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 20, foreign nationals arriving into Japanese airports will be required to undergo additional screening according to immigration procedures. Upon arrival into the airport, foreign visitors will be instructed to scan their index fingers and immigration agents will photograph each person to obtain a facial photograph. Travelers are advised to allow extra time for this new immigration procedure in Japan.

Exemptions to this policy include any foreign visitors who are:

  • Under the age of 16 years.
  • Special status permanent residents.
  • Engaged in activities which fall under the status of residence of "diplomat" or "official government business".
  • Traveling to Japan based on an invitation by the head of any national administrative organization.