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passport requirements for reentering japan

edited October 2010 in - Japan
i live in tokyo. im going back to the uk for xmas. my passport expires in april 2011. i have a valid visa in it till october 2012.
will i need to renew my passport and transfer the visa etc before xmas? just a bit concerned about the 6 month validation rule for passports, whether it applies in this case or whether its acceptable just to have a valid passport?


  • edited 1:58AM

    I would say in your case that you're ok. You've already got your visa so all that matters is the validity of your passport. It's if you're making an application for a visa or arriving here for the first time and need the landing permission stamp that you need 6 months validity - that's my understanding anyway. I'm not a lawyer though so to be certain I'd contact the British Embassy consulate section and just double check.
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