Entry & Exit Formalities to Japan


Before going to Japan to travel, in addition to planning the itinerary, it is very important to understand the restrictions on entry and exit. Otherwise, it will be confiscated, fined or even refused entry due to violation of regulations.

Japan has a certain degree of requirements for inbound items. Some items need to be inspected in advance or reported to relevant Japanese authorities before entering Japan, such as meat products, animals and plants, etc., and more than 1 million yen in cash is also necessary to declare when filling in the entry form.

For duty-free items, they can be brought into Japan, but the number of restrictions is limited.

Restrictions of products for entry formalities in Japan
Product name Quantity Remarks
Alcohol 3 bottles The capacity of each bottle is around 760ml
Paper cigarette 400 cigarettes If the tourist brings more than one type of tobacco product, the total limit is 500g.
Cigarette 100 cigarettes
Other tobacco 500g
Perfume 2 ounces Approx. 28cc per ounce, it does not include eau de Cologne and eau de toilette.
Other items 200,000 yen

The total foreign market value of all items other than the above items must be less than 200,000 yen.

No tariffs are levied on items of market value above 200,000 yen.


→Japan entry formalities:

Items brought into Japan must be reported to the customs in writing. Those who carry items beyond the tax exemption must submit the form called “Bag and Baggage Declaration for Carrying Goods”. At the same time, if the gold (gold bars, gold nuggets, etc.) does not exceed 1kg, but the total price of other items exceeds 200,000 yen, regardless of weight and purity, you need to fill out the form called baggage declaration of the separated goods and pay the corresponding taxes and fees.

If you carry more than 1 million yen of securities such as cash or carry gold (gold bars, gold nuggets, etc., purity more than 90%) more than 1kg, in addition to the form called baggage declaration of the separated goods, you also need to fill out the form called “payment means to carry or output items”. The customs will check the items you carry out of the box. But usually just open the baggage and ask if it is compliant.


  • 1、Fill in the immigration card

After getting the immigration card on the plane, please fill in the necessary items. If you have abnormal physical condition, please go to the health consultation room of the airport with the quarantine officer. The immigration card can also be picked up at the immigration quarantine counter at the airport.

How to fill out the Japanese immigration card?

The card is divided into two parts. The right side is submitted when the country is reviewed. The left side is submitted when going abroad for review. Therefore, don't lose and fold after entering the country, and keep it with your passport.

  • 2、Immigration review

After completing the immigration card, prepare for immigration review. The immigration review passage is divided into two types: the Japanese entry passage and the foreign-only passage. Please select the passage to go through the immigration procedures according to the actual situation. Now that Japan has entered the new immigration review system, it needs to take pictures and leave fingerprints.

  • 3、Baggage claim

The baggage hall has a huge electronic screen with detailed flight arrivals, baggage claim desk numbers and more. Please pick up your baggage according to your flight number and your baggage deposit voucher.

  • 4、Customs inspection

After collecting the baggage, you will finally pass the Japanese Customs. Customs are divided into red and green passages. If you do not carry the items that need to pay taxes, take the green passage. If you carry the items that need to pay taxes or items that cannot be determined, please take the red passage.


→Japan exit formalities:

Japanese customs allow each person to carry 2 suitcases up to 23 kg (92 kg in total). Do not put cosmetics in your carry-on bag, and valuable products such as electronic equipment are recommended to carry with you. When some Japanese goods are packed, there will be seals that are forbidden to be taken apart. Both Japanese and Chinese customs will randomly check such goods. For tourists who do not often travel to and out of Japan, the probability of being spot-checked is not large, but it is recommended to keep the packaging intact and then repack the product after returning to the civil airport.


  • 1、Check-in

Upon arrival at the airport terminal, you must first check in. Please confirm the name and flight number of the flight, present your passport and ticket to the corresponding flight counter, check in the baggage check, security check and boarding pass.

  • 2、Security check

Before you check in and enter the boarding area, you must also accept a hand baggage and personal safety check to ensure the passenger's flight safety. Please present the boarding pass according to the instructions of the security inspector, and then carry the hand luggage and other portable items into the designated container for radiographic inspection. The passengers should pass the metal detector door for personal inspection. After that, don't forget to bring all your luggage and belongings.

  • 3、Customs formalities (if necessary)

If you purchase a large amount of duty-free goods or carry more than 1 million yen in cash during the period in Japan, please show the goods and duty-free items that you carry out to the customs and go through the customs formalities.

  • 4、Exit review

The exit review is the last formality before boarding. Please send the completed exit card, passport and boarding pass to the staff of the Immigration Bureau. After confirming and stamping the exit stamp, you can enter the boarding area. The time for the exit review will vary depending on the number of passengers. Therefore, it is necessary to set aside sufficient time to avoid the trouble of accident.

  • 5、Ready to board

After the exit inspection process is completed, you can purchase duty-free goods at the duty-free shops in the boarding area. However, due to the large airport terminal and the large number of gates, some boarding gates may even need to take a free bus to arrive, so please allow sufficient time and don't miss the boarding time.


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