TRANSITING IN JAPAN
A foreigner who enters Japan for sightseeing and rest while enroute to a third country or final destination, can apply for a transit visa. (E.g., Transit in Japan for 3 days while enroute to Los Angeles from Singapore.) There are two types of transit visas: single and double-entry. A single-entry transit visa limits a foreigner to one entry while a double-entry visa allows 2 entries (i.e. first entry during the onward sector and second entry during the return sector) into Japan. A transit visa, however, limits each entry to a maximum stay of 15 days. Hence, a foreigner intending to stay beyond 15 days should instead apply for a Temporary Visitor visa.
For passengers (regardless of nationality) who are transiting in Japan for immediate flight connections, and not requiring to go through immigration clearance, a visa is not required.
However, in the case of passengers with over-night flight connections wishing to leave the airport for rest and sight-seeing, a transit visa is still required, The following requirements will apply.
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