Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What is the "Temporary Visitor" entry status?

If you wish to visit Japan for leisure or touristic purposes you will be granted entry under a "Temporary Visitor" status. This status allows visitors to remain in Japan from 15 to 90 consecutive days. A border control officer will grant arrivals who apply for "Stay for sightseeing" when entering Japan a "Temporary Visitor" stamp.

The stamp is placed in your passport on arrival. The stamp, your passport, and the Exchange Order (JR voucher you receive by post) are the 3 documents that you must have with you to obtain your japan Rail Pass in a JR Exchange Office. Only original documents are accepted (photocopies, emails, and photos are not accepted).

Visa Exempt Countries

Some countries are exempt from the Temporary Visitor Visa. Nationals and citizens from the 68 countries and regions listed below are not required to obtain a visa before traveling to Japan, since they will receive a visa-on-arrival stamp on their passports. A visa-on-arrival will be granted to citizens and nationals of the countries listed below when traveling for one of the following reasons:

However, these nationals will need to request a visa if the reason for their visit is either to engage in paid activities, or if their stay exceeds the allotted short-term stays stipulated for each country. The period for short-term stays granted for Brunei, Indonesia, and Thailand is 15 days, 30 days for the United Arab Emirates and 90 days for the remaining countries and regions.

Please find below the list for the 68 Countries and Regions that are Visa Exempt:

Europe

Andorra
Germany
Netherlands
Austria
Greece
Norway
Belgium
Hungary
Poland
Croatia
Ireland
Serbia
Cyprus
Italy
Slovakia
Czech
Republic
Latvia
Slovenia
Denmark
Liechtenstein
Spain
Estonia
Lithuania
Sweden
Finland
Luxembourg
Switzerland
FYR
Macedonia
Malta
United Kingdom
France
Monaco
Bulgaria
Iceland
Portugal
San Marino
Romania

NORTH AMERICA

Canada
United States

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Argentina
Costa Rica
Honduras
Bahamas
Dominican Republic
Mexico
Barbados
El Salvador
Surinam
Chile
Guatemala
Uruguay

ASIA

Brunei
Republic of Korea
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Singapore
Macao
Malaysia
Thailand (15 days)
Taiwan

OCEANIA

Australia
New Zealand

MIDDLE EAST

Israel
United Arab Emirates
Turkey

AFRICA

Lesotho
Tunisia
Mauritius

I am entering Japan as a Temporary Visitor without a Tourist Visa. Am I still eligible for the Japan Rail Pass?

Citizens from the 68 countries and regions listed above can travel to Japan visa-free for touristic and business reasons. Please check our Eligibility page for further information on Japan Rail Pass eligibility requirements.