Japan Trusted Traveler Program

Japan Travel: Trusted Traveler Program

Lining up at an immigration counter at an airport in Japan such as Narita Airport, Haneda Airport or Kansai Airport, and waiting - tired and facing a full schedule - to enter Japan is the bane of every traveler, especially after a long flight. For travelers who often visit Japan on business, the Trusted Traveler Program, introduced in November 2016, may put an end to the endless wait.

Trusted Traveler Program passports.
Foreign passports get Japanese passport privileges
Arriving at Narita Airport.
Get through Narita and other Japanese airports quicker

Japan Trusted Traveler Program Overview

The Trusted Traveler Program is an initiative by the Japanese Ministry of Immigration that enables eligible non-Japanese nationals who are affiliated to a business to use the automated immigration gates at international airports in Japan, making entry to and departure from Japan much faster.

Trusted Travelers are issued a special card that facilitates automated immigration/emigration procedures.

Automated immigration inspection gates are available at Narita Airport (Terminals 1 & 3), Haneda Airport, Chubu Airport and Kansai Airport ("Kankuu").

Eligible Nationalities

The Trusted Traveler Program is available to passport holders of the following countries:
Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan.
North America: Canada, United States
Central/South America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Surinam, Uraguay
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
Middle East: Israel, Turkey
Africa: Lesotho, Mauritius, Tunisia
Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Inside Narita Airport.
Easier arrival at a Japanese airport

Trusted Travel Program Conditions

To apply for Trusted Traveler status, the applicant must fulfill all the following requirements, (1), (2) and (3):
(1) The applicant must have visited Japan twice within the one-year period ending the day before he or she registers as a Trusted Traveler.
(2) EITHER (a) The applicant must have belonged, full-time, to one of the following organizations for at least a year before applying, and be expected to maintain that status after applying:
(i) a public organization in Japan
(ii) a public organization in a designated country
(iii) an international organization
(iv) a company listed in Japan, or an affiliated of such a company
(v) a company listed in a designated country
(vi) a company listed in Japan or another designated country that has capital equivalent to at least 500 million yen.
OR (b) A public organization or listed company in Japan (or its affiliate) has requested of the applicant that he or she apply for Trusted Traveler status in order to facilitate repeated visits to Japan.
(3) The applicant has never been deported from Japan.

Trusted Traveler Program, Narita Airport passenger terminal.
More comfortable arrival at a Japanese airport

Applying for the Trusted Traveler Program

Applications for Japan's Trusted Traveler Program can be made either online or at the airport immigration counter.

Online applications can be made using the Immigration Bureau of Japan Trusted Traveler Program website, which also carries further details about the Program.

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