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Japan Initiates New Entry Procedures for Foreign Nationals:Fingerprints & a Facial Photograph to be taken at Immigration Control

Tokyo, Japan… September 20, 2007 – Beginning November 20, 2007, Japan will initiate new entry regulations that will require all foreign visitors older than 16, except diplomats, to be digitally fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival.

The procedure should be quick and easy, but it could cause small delays in the initial days or weeks, as officials and arriving passengers grow accustomed to the process.  A public video explaining the new entry procedures called “Landing Examination Procedures for Japan are Changing!” can be found on the Internet at: Additional immigration information can also be found on the Ministry of Justice’s website at:

The new entry procedures are being implemented as a security precaution in an effort to thwart any potential terrorist attacks, and those refusing to comply will be denied entry. 

In addition, Japan’s Customs Declaration form was updated on July 1, 2007.  This new form has increased the custom’s processing speed, while ensuring that restricted items do not enter Japan. All travelers are asked to complete the form before arriving at customs. The new form lists prohibited and restricted items and requires passengers to declare certain effects. Passengers with unattended articles (such as luggage being shipped separately) must fill out a duplicate form detailing those contents. The new form is available online at:, and travelers can also contact their nearest Consulate General of Japan ( for complete customs information and procedures.

General travel questions about Japan can be answered by Japan National Tourist Organization
(JNTO) at 212-757-5640 or online at

The Japan National Tourist Organization, the tourism promotion board for the country of Japan, is a key member of the Visit Japan Campaign, a public-private partnership under the Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, with the mission to encourage and promote international travel to Japan and support Japanese travel suppliers. JNTO is the main representative for the Visit Japan Campaign abroad.

Contact Information
Japan National Tourist Organization
Attn: Marian Goldberg
Tel: 212-757-5641 x16

Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.

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