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Cover of an electronic 10 years valid Japanese passport

Japanese passports are issued to Japanese citizens to travel outside Japan.

Contents

Types of passports

  • Ordinary passport: Issued to normal citizens.
    • Ordinary passports are issued in two different lengths of validity: five and ten years. Japanese citizens up to 19 years of age can only be issued a five-year passport, while those who are 20 years of age or older can choose either a five-year (blue) or ten-year (red) passport for different registration fees.
  • Official passport: Issued to members of the National Assembly and public servants.
  • Diplomatic passport: Issued to members of the Imperial Family, diplomats and their family members and government high-level officials.

All Japanese passports issued after March 20, 2006 are biometric passports.

Physical appearance

Identity Information Page

Japanese passports have the Imperial Seal of Japan inscribed in the center of the front cover, with the Japanese words Nipponkoku Ryoken (日本国旅券) inscribed above and its English translation JAPAN PASSPORT below the Seal. Ordinary passports valid for five years are in dark blue, and those valid for ten years are in crimson in color. Additionally, official passports are in dark green, and diplomatic passports in dark brown.

Identity Information Page

  • Photograph of passport holder
  • Type
  • Issuing country
  • Passport number
  • Surname (an alias may be added between brackets)
  • Given name (an alias may be added between brackets)
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Registered Domicile
  • Date of issue
  • Date of expiry
  • Issuing authority
  • Signature of bearer

Also, beneath these is the machine readable zone.

Passport Note

The passports contain a note from the issuing country that is addressed to the authorities of all other countries, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that country and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside of Japanese passports states:

In Japanese:

日本国民である本旅券の所持人を通路故障なく旅行させ、かつ、同人に必要な保護扶助を与えられるよう、関係の諸官に要請する。

In English:

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, a Japanese national, to pass freely and without hindrance and, in case of need, to afford him or her every possible aid and protection.

Language

Japanese passports are entirely printed in both Japanese and English, except for the note of caution that is found at the end of the passport (e.g. on page 51 of the ten-year biometric ordinary passport), which is only printed in Japanese. This note contains information about what the bearer should know when encountering various situations in a foreign country.

The surname, given name and other personalized mentions (like registered domicile) are only indicated in Latin uppercase letters. Japanese names are in principle transcribed according to the Hepburn romanization system, but exceptions are admitted in certain cases, notably when the name is the katakana transcription of a foreign name (Japanese spouse or Japanese child of a foreigner), in which case the original spelling of the name in the Latin alphabet may be used, only if you submit the official document with the original spelling issued by the government (passport etc).

The Japanese spelling of the name will however show in the bearer's signature.

Visa-free travel

It is estimated that 186 countries and territories granted visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to ordinary Japanese passport holders. 152 (visa on arrival for free counted) countries and territories are visa-free accessible. Visa prior to arrival or pre-arrangement required for countries or territories not mentioned below. [1][2]

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Africa

Countries and Territories Entry Rights
 Botswana 90 days [3]
 Cape Verde Visa issued upon arrival [4]
 Comoros A free 24 h transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport. Within 24 hours this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration office in Moroni
(fee payable) [5]
 Djibouti 30-day visa issued upon arrival for DJF5,000 [6]
 Egypt 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$15 [7]
 Ethiopia 3-month visa issued upon arrival for US$40 [8][9]
 Kenya 3-month visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [10][11]
 Lesotho 14 days [12][13]
 Madagascar 90-day visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000 [14]
 Malawi 90 days [15]
 Mauritius 60 days (tourist), 90 days (business) [16][17]
 Mayotte 90 days [18]
 Morocco 3 months [19][20]
 Mozambique 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$25 [21]
 Namibia 90 days [22]
 Réunion 90 days [23]
 Saint Helena visa-free access
 Senegal 3 months [24]
 Seychelles 1 month [25]
 South Africa 90 days [26]
 Swaziland 60 days [27]
 Tanzania visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [28][29]
 Togo 1-month visa issued upon arrival for XOF10,000 ~ XOF35,000 [30]
 Tunisia 3 months [31]
 Uganda 6-month visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [32][33]
 Zambia 3 month visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [34]
 Zimbabwe 3-month visa issued upon arrival for US$30 ~ 55 [35]

Americas

Countries and Territories Entry Rights
 Anguilla 3 months [36][37]
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 month [38][39]
 Argentina 90 days [40]
 Aruba 30 days [41][42]
 Brazil 180 days [43][44]
 Bahamas 3 months [45]
 Barbados 90 days [46][47]
 Bermuda 6 months [48][49]
 Bolivia 90 days [50][51]
 Canada 6 months [52][53]
 Cayman Islands 30 days [54]
 Chile 90 days [55]
 Colombia 90 days [56][57]
 Costa Rica 90 days [58]
 Cuba 30 days Visa or Tourist Card prior to arrival[59][60]
 Dominica 6 months [61]
 Dominican Republic 90 days [62][63]
 Ecuador 90 days [64][65]
 El Salvador 90 days [66][67]
 Falkland Islands 3 months [68]
 French Guiana 90 days [69]
 Greenland 90 days [70]
 Grenada 3 months [71][72]
 Guadeloupe 3 months [73]
 Guatemala 90 days [74]
 Guyana 3 months [75]
 Haiti 3 months [76][77]
 Honduras 3 months [78]
 Jamaica 30 days [79][80]
 Martinique 90 days [81]
 Mexico 180 days [82][83]
 Montserrat 3 months [84]
 Netherlands Antilles 14 days [85]
 Nicaragua 90 days [86]
 Panama 30-day Tourist Card issued upon arrival for US$5 [87][88]
 Paraguay 90 days [89]
 Peru 90 days [90]
 Puerto Rico 90 days (Visa Waiver Program-ESTA required) [91][92]
 Saint Barthélemy 90 days [93]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 14 days [94]
 Saint Lucia 6 weeks [95]
 Saint Martin 90 days [96]
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 90 days [97]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 month [98]
 Suriname 120 days [99][100]
 Turks and Caicos Islands 30 days [101]
 United States of America 90 days (Visa Waiver Program-ESTA required) [102]
 Uruguay 3 months [103][104]
 Venezuela 3 months [105][106]
 British Virgin Islands 30 days [107]
 United States Virgin Islands 90 days (Visa Waiver Program-ESTA required) [108]

Asia

Countries and Territories Entry Rights
 Armenia 120-day visa issued upon arrival for AMD 15,000 [109]
 Azerbaijan 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$100 [110]
 Bahrain 14-day visa issued upon arrival for BHD5 [111][112]
 Bangladesh 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [113][114]
 Brunei Darussalam 14 days [115]
 Cambodia 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$20 (tourist), US$25 (business) [116]
 People's Republic of China 15 days [117][118]
 Republic of China (Taiwan) 90 days [119]
 Cyprus 90 days [120]
 Georgia 360 days [121]
 Hong Kong 90 days [122]
 India 30 day visa issued on arrival for US$ 60 (Applicable for entry from Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata airports only)[123][124]
 Indonesia Visa issued upon arrival for US$10 (7 days), US$25 (30 days) [125]
 Iran 15-day visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [126]
 Iraq (only Iraqi Kurdistan) visa issued upon arrival (free of charge) [127]
 Israel 3 months [128]
 Jordan 1 month visa issued upon arrival for 10 JOD [129]
South Korea Korea, Republic of 90 days [130][131]
 Kuwait 12-month visa issued upon arrival for KWD5 [132][133]
 Kyrgyzstan 1 month [134]
 Laos 15 days [135]
 Lebanon 1-month visa issued upon arrival (free of charge) [136][137]
 Macau 90 days [138]
 Malaysia 3 months [139]
 Maldives 30 days [140]
 Nepal 15/30/90 day visa issued upon arrival for $25/50/100 [141]
 Oman 12-month visa issued upon arrival for OMR6 [142]
 Philippines 21 days [143]
 Qatar 21-day visa issued upon arrival for QAR55 [144][145]
 Singapore 90 days [146]
 Sri Lanka 90 days [147]
 Thailand 30 days [148]
 Timor-Leste 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$30 [149]
 United Arab Emirates 90 days [150]
 Vietnam 90 days [151][152]
 Yemen 1-month visa issued upon arrival for YER10,500 [153]

Europe

Countries and Territories Entry Rights
European Union Schengen Area 90 days [154][155]
 Albania 90 days [156]
 Andorra 90 days (same as Schengen) [157]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 90 days [158]
 Bulgaria 90 days [159]
 Croatia 90 days [160][161]
 Gibraltar 6 months [162]
 Ireland 3 months [163]
 Macedonia 3 months [164]
 Moldova 90 days [165]
 Montenegro 90 days [166]
 Romania 90 days [167]
 Serbia 90 days [168]
 Turkey 90 days [169]
 Ukraine visa free [170][171]
 United Kingdom (incl.  Guernsey,  Isle of Man,  Jersey) 6 months [172]

Oceania

Countries and Territories Entry Rights
 American Samoa 30 days [173]
 Cook Islands 31 days [174]
 Fiji 4 months [175]
 Guam 90 days (Visa Waiver Program-ESTA required) [176]
 Kiribati visa-free access [177]
 Marshall Islands 30-day visa issued upon arrival [178]
 Federated States of Micronesia 30 days[179][180]
 New Caledonia 90 days [181]
 New Zealand 3 months [182]
 Niue 30 days [183]
 Northern Mariana Islands 30 days [184]
 Palau 30-day visa issued upon arrival for US$50 [185][186]
 Papua New Guinea 60-day visa issued upon arrival for PGK100 (tourist), PGK500 (business) [187]
 French Polynesia 90 days [188]
 Samoa 60 days [189]
 Solomon Islands 3-month visitor's permit issued upon arrival[190]
 Tonga 31-day visa issued upon arrival (free of charge) [191]
 Tuvalu 1 month [192]
 Vanuatu 30 days [193][194]
 Wallis and Futuna 90 days [195]
 Australia pre-arrival Electronic Travel Authority required [196]
 Norfolk Island same as Australia [197]

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