Japan has finally re-opened its door to tourism, an event that I’m sure many of you have long awaited.
However, with thousands of people entering Japan every day, you can imagine things gets really chaotic quickly, so you’ll want to do all the immigration and customs process before your arrival to Japan. And yes, you can do all that online.
Read on to find out how you can fast-track your entry to Japan!
PS: I entered Japan twice during COVID. It was a painful experience. If you have a morbid curiosity to see what it was like to enter Japan while all the COVID protocols were still in place, you can read my experience here
- What is Visit Japan Web?
- Is Visit Japan Web required to enter Japan?
- Visit Japan Web procedure step-by-step:
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Visit Japan Web?
Visit Japan Web is Japan’s online service for immigration procedures and customs declarations, launched in November 2022. While Japan was still dealing with the pandemic, Visit Japan Web also doubled as a way to verify COVID-19 vaccinations.
However, after Japan scrapped its COVID-related entry requirement, it became a place where visitors could complete their immigration and customs procedures before arriving in Japan. It does make the airport formalities quite efficient!
What is Fast Track?
Now, what is Fast Track? Fast Track was a way to handle COVID-related quarantine procedures on Visit Japan Web. After registering for an account at Visit Japan Web, you could upload your vaccination document to have it pre-verified before your arrival in Japan. As of 29 April 2023, this process is no longer required.
Is Visit Japan Web required to enter Japan?
No, Visit Japan Web is NOT a requirement to enter Japan. You could just rock up to Japan without completing Visit Japan Web.
However, you’ll have to do the same things you do on Visit Japan Web when you check in for your flight. Then when you land at the airport in Japan, you’ll need to fill in the immigration card manually if you have not done Visit Japan Web.
So might as well prepare it before you arrive. It’s free and fast. If everyone uses Visit Japan Web, it makes immigration faster for everyone.
Visit Japan Web procedure step-by-step
And now, I’ll cover exactly how you can utilize Visit Japan Web to make your arrival in Japan easier:
Step 1: Register for a Visit Japan Web account
If you don’t have a Visit Japan Web account yet, you can register for an account here.
Account registration is free and very straightforward. Just create an account with your email address and a password. You’ll need to verify your email but that’s easy enough to do – they’ll send you a 6-digit code via SMS (text message) to your phone that you need to input on the Visit Japan Web before you can proceed to step 2.
💡 Save your Visit Japan Web account credential! You can use the same account again for your future travels to Japan, so make sure to save your Visit Japan Web credential.
From my understanding, every adult needs an account for themselves, but kids under 18 can tack themselves on to their parent/guardian. However, I have heard of instances where people signed up their spouse/parents with their account and were able to go through just fine. I’ll go over how to add other people to your account in Step 2.
Step 2: Register details of visitors who will be visiting Japan
Once you have your account set up, proceed to log in with the password you’ve set in Step 1 before.
Then, provide your details by clicking on the button that says “Your details” and start filling in the form. Again it’s quite straight forward so I won’t go into too much detail here.
The only thing I would say is, please make sure your passport number is correct and that it matches the passport you’d be using to enter Japan!
If you’re traveling with children under 18: Once you’ve registered yourself, you can also register your kids to your account. I’ve written in detail about registering children to Visit Japan Web below.
Step 3: Register for a trip to Japan on the Visit Japan Web
Next, you’ll need to register your trip to Japan by clicking on “+ New registration“.
You can do this for each trip you’ll be taking to Japan if you’re planning to go more than once. Make sure you give a unique name for each trip so that you can manage multiple plans if you need to.
Again, if you’re traveling with children and have provided their details in the “Details of family members traveling with you” section, you can indicate that the child will be traveling with you on this trip. The child’s name will come up as a dropdown that you can toggle later on. I’ve written in detail about registering children to Visit Japan Web below.
(Optional) Adding your child to your Visit Japan Web Account
If you’re traveling with children, you can add them to your Visit Japan Web account as long as they are under 18! If you do this, they’ll be able to skip quarantine even if they are not fully vaccinated, as long you (the parent) are fully vaccinated.
Here is how:
1. Add your child’s details to your Visit Japan Web account
Once you’ve registered yourself on Visit Japan Web, you can register kids who are under 18 in your account by clicking on “Details of family members traveling with you“. You’ll need to provide their passport number and personal details, similar to what you’ve done for yourself when you provided your details.
2. Include your child as a family member traveling with you
Once you’ve provided their details, you’ll be able to select your child’s name when you’re registering a trip plan. Make sure they are selected under “family members traveling with you”, and make sure they show up on the confirmation page when you register the trip plan.
If you forgot to include them when creating your trip, you don’t have to start over. You can just edit the existing trip plan and make sure the blue box next to their name is checked!
Now the big question: Can you also add other family members who are not your child to your Visit Japan Web?
From my understanding, every adult needs an account for themselves. However, I have heard many instances where people signed up their spouse or parents with their account under “Details of family members traveling with you” and were able to go through just fine. However, please bear in mind that each adult will still need to provide their vaccination certificate and obtain the blue screen.
If you do this, just ensure each adult has a screenshot of their QR code upon landing.
Step 4: Immigration Clearance
If you are a resident of Japan, you do not need to complete this step.
But as a visitor, the next thing you can do is complete your immigration clearance by filling out the disembarkation card. This is the exact same procedure for entering Japan as it has always been, even before COVID, except it’s no longer done by writing down your info manually on paper.
You could still do this when you land via the paper way, but it literally took me seconds to do it online and I don’t see why you shouldn’t just do it now.
When you’re done, you’ll be provided with a QR code that will be scanned when you are in the immigration queue, so I recommend screenshotting this QR code for immigration later. You’ll still receive your passport stamp as usual at immigration.
Step 5: Customs Declaration
Similar to the disembarkation card, you can also do your customs declaration online so you can just breeze through when you’ve landed. Again, this is the same procedure as it has always been for entering Japan, just digitized now!
When you’re done, you’ll be provided with a QR code you can use when you arrive at the airport. Again, screenshot this QR code!
After clearing immigration, you’ll see a machine at the baggage carousel area to register your passport and QR code for customs declaration. The machine will also scan your face. Go ahead and do this, and then you can simply walk out of the airport using the facial scanner machine at the exit.
(Optional) Travel insurance and emergency contact
If you have travel insurance, you can also provide the information here, as well as your emergency contact in case something happens to you while you are in Japan. But this step is completely optional.
And that’s all! To end the article, here are some frequently asked questions:
Frequently Asked Questions about Visit Japan Web
1. When should I complete the disembarkation card on Visit Japan Web?
You can start the process as early as you want, as long as you complete it no later than 6 hours before your arrival in Japan. I’ve done mine 3 weeks before my arrival, as well as 12 hours before arrival for an emergency visit, and both times things went according to plan. No drama!
2. Can I travel to Japan if I have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or if I am not considered fully vaccinated?
Yes, you can enter Japan! There are no more requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations to enter Japan.
3. Can I travel to Japan with kids who have not been vaccinated against COVID?
Yes, you can! There are no more requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations to enter Japan.
4. What should I do if I’m only going to be in Japan for a layover?
Many people have asked me about what to do if you’re only in Japan for a layover and don’t have a hotel booked because you won’t be staying overnight, and thus won’t have an address to fill out with.
While I must preface this by saying I am not sure since I haven’t experienced this myself, based on the accounts of other people on Reddit, it seems that you should be able to use Visit Japan Web to fast-track even if you’re only there for a layover. Simply use the address and phone number of the airport you’re going to be flying out from.
What else should I do or prepare before my travel to Japan?
Visiting Japan is no doubt one of the most exciting travel experiences. Here are a few more tips to make your travel smoother!
- Buy a SIM card/Wi-Fi pocket and pick it up right when you land at the airport in Japan
- If you like my writing style, you can check out all my posts related to Japan to prepare for your visit to Japan.
And that’s all about fast-tracking your arrival in Japan! Let me know in the comment below if there is anything more you need to know 🙂