(b) Permission for Landing in Transit
This dispensation is called a transit pass. There are two types: permission for landing in transit for
sightseeing and permission for landing in transit for departure at a neighboring port.
(i) Permission for landing in transit for sightseeing
Permission is granted to the foreign passengers of a ship arriving at a Japanese port of entry who wish
to travel in Japan for sightseeing purposes and then rejoin the same ship at another port of entry in
Japan. This permission is valid for up to 15 days.
(ii) Permission for landing in transit for departure at a neighboring port
Permission is granted to foreign passengers of an airplane or ship proceeding to another country via
Japan who wish to enter Japan from their first port of call and then move to another port of call in a
nearby area for departure. This permission is granted when a foreign passenger wishes to depart Japan
within three days.
In principle, another port of call in a nearby area is regarded as a port that is under the jurisdiction of
the same regional immigration bureau, or the immigration bureau of a neighboring region. (For example,
Narita Airport to Haneda Airport or Narita to Nagoya Airport are acceptable, but Narita Airport to Kansai
Airport is not allowed.)