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    Hello,

    I have been in and out of Japan quite a few times this year, all on a tourist visa (90 days). Due to a new policy, apparently you cannot stay in Japan for more than 6months on a tourist visa. Thus, the last time I entered Narita, I was reprimanded and told that I cannot enter the country again for 6months unless I have a proper visa. The immigration official said that this would apply to my next attempt to get into Japan, but allowed me in this time (I am currently in Japan writing this).

    I am going on a trip to New York, and my next destination after New York is Hong Kong. However, due to the ticket, I will need to return to Narita from NY and spend 24 hours layover time there until I depart for Hong Kong.

    My question is this, upon returning to JP from NY, if I tell them I am just "in transit" (which is true) will they give me any problems for not having a visa? I know if my layover were only a few hours it wouldn't be a problem, but my concern is that because the layover is relatively long (24hours) they might consider me as formally entering Japan and force me to purchase a ticket and board an earlier flight or something like that.

    Any advice what I can do? I tried to arrange my tickets to spend minimal time in Narita, but 24 hours was the best I could do.

    My second question is regarding sleeping over at Narita airport. Some airports are lax about this, I was wondering if Narita airport shuts down at any point, forcing people to get a hotel.

    Thanks for any advice you can provide.
    Last edited by jerukpopo; 2008-10-09, 05:55 PM.

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    Originally posted by jerukpopo
    HMy question is this, upon returning to JP from NY, if I tell them I am just "in transit" (which is true) will they give me any problems for not having a visa? I know if my layover were only a few hours it wouldn't be a problem, but my concern is that because the layover is relatively long (24hours) they might consider me as formally entering Japan and force me to purchase a ticket and board an earlier flight or something like that.

    Any advice what I can do? I tried to arrange my tickets to spend minimal time in Narita, but 24 hours was the best I could do.

    My second question is regarding sleeping over at Narita airport. Some airports are lax about this, I was wondering if Narita airport shuts down at any point, forcing people to get a hotel.

    Thanks for any advice you can provide.

    If you are in transit then it means you dont go through immigration or customs, that means hanging around the boarding gates for 24 hours.
    No idea if they have transit lounges, its not like Singapore.

    They cant force you to get a hotel if they dont even know you are in the country, let alone the building. They wont even let you into the country, never mind making you stay in a hotel. You have to go through immigration first and you are no longer in transit. The only alternative here is a detention center for illegal immigrants till your flight leaves.
    Last edited by KansaiBen; 2008-10-09, 06:30 PM.

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    • #3
      Another Scam Artist

      Originally posted by jerukpopo
      Hello,

      I have been in and out of Japan quite a few times this year, all on a tourist visa (90 days). Due to a new policy, apparently you cannot stay in Japan for more than 6months on a tourist visa. Thus, the last time I entered Narita, I was reprimanded and told that I cannot enter the country again for 6months unless I have a proper visa. The immigration official said that this would apply to my next attempt to get into Japan, but allowed me in this time (I am currently in Japan writing this).

      I am going on a trip to New York, and my next destination after New York is Hong Kong. However, due to the ticket, I will need to return to Narita from NY and spend 24 hours layover time there until I depart for Hong Kong.

      My question is this, upon returning to JP from NY, if I tell them I am just "in transit" (which is true) will they give me any problems for not having a visa? I know if my layover were only a few hours it wouldn't be a problem, but my concern is that because the layover is relatively long (24hours) they might consider me as formally entering Japan and force me to purchase a ticket and board an earlier flight or something like that.

      Any advice what I can do? I tried to arrange my tickets to spend minimal time in Narita, but 24 hours was the best I could do.

      My second question is regarding sleeping over at Narita airport. Some airports are lax about this, I was wondering if Narita airport shuts down at any point, forcing people to get a hotel.

      Thanks for any advice you can provide.
      Uh, your ticket will state that you are going on to Hong Kong, right? Or is this some sort of make-believe story on your part?

      If you go OUT the doors to get a hotel that might worry immigration. If you make it out, that is. They could see it as a SCAM attempt on your part. You don't really want to go to Hong Kong, do you? You want to give the authorities at NARITA the slip, you sly dog you! I bet your confederates would be waiting for you too. And let's face it, your past 90 day entries were for purposes of illegal work. Admit it.

      Narita Airport is pretty useless after about 9 p.m. Restaurants and shops close down. Looks like you'll be luxuriating in a lounge area seat for the night, but then again, you've probably got another plan.

      I smell a scam!

      What sort of scam are you involved in, by the way?
      Last edited by NEBRASKA; 2008-10-09, 07:28 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jerukpopo
        My second question is regarding sleeping over at Narita airport. Some airports are lax about this, I was wondering if Narita airport shuts down at any point, forcing people to get a hotel.

        Thanks for any advice you can provide.

        If they let every foreigner without a tourist visa or a transit visa into the country then there would really be no need for immigration officers and fingerprinting people, would there?

        Japanese immigration: Just let any old foreign riffraff. Give us your unwashed and wanted, we will put you up for the night in a Chiba hotel, no questions asked....

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        • #5
          http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/trav...ist.html#hotel

          Here's your answer.

          Ignore Kansaiben's mindless ranting.

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          • #6
            hello and thanks for the advice and link. There is no scam, I'm really on my way to Hong Kong. My problem is that the tickets are not connected, I have 2 tickets (one to NY and back to JP and another from JP to HK on a separate airlines) and will need to get my luggage again and recheck in, so technically I do have to go through immigration. on top of that, I have to find a hotel since Narita closes down at night.

            will they let me out to go to a hotel, or just detain me until my next flight?

            My plan is to just show them my 2nd ticket to HK and hope that they are cool with me being in JP for 24hours. If I were to call immigration and ask, do you think they would answer my question without asking for my details?
            Last edited by jerukpopo; 2008-10-10, 02:52 AM.

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            • #7
              We can't say for sure what they'll do, but I can't see why they would deny you entry if you have the onward ticket within 24 hours.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by J_T.
                We can't say for sure what they'll do, but I can't see why they would deny you entry if you have the onward ticket within 24 hours.
                Because they've got no guarantee that he'd use the second ticket out of Japan.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Since1990
                  Because they've got no guarantee that he'd use the second ticket out of Japan.
                  And because it's the usualy scam people are trying to pull off...and they know it!

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                  • #10
                    You have an ongoing ticket so I can't see them refusing you entry. It is not possible to stay in the airport overnight so you will need to find accommodation. Worst possible scenario is that they give you "accommodation" overnight downstairs. Cold this time of year.

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                    • #11
                      hai folks

                      No idea they have lounges r not... but better you could stay in hotel than to stay in air port..

                      visa information

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jerukpopo
                        will they let me out to go to a hotel, or just detain me until my next flight?

                        My plan is to just show them my 2nd ticket to HK and hope that they are cool with me being in JP for 24hours. If I were to call immigration and ask, do you think they would answer my question without asking for my details?

                        Forget J_Ts ranting. Going through immigration control and customs means you are formally entering the country, not in transit and they are within their rights to hold you or turn you around at the gate. If that happens then you will be stuck in the departure lounge for 24 hours. They are not required to allow you to wait for your connecting flight if they dont want to.

                        It doesnt matter if you are here for 30 minutes or 24 hours.


                        PS a few years ago I was in Hawaii with an 18 hour stopover to NZ and had no transit visa (didnt know you need one for changing planes in US and I have a NZ passport) and was called off the plane by armed immigration officials.If they 'arrest' you they can make life very unpleasant for you in ther interim.

                        Girl I sat next to on the way back was apparently held up NY by INS for 2 or 3 nights and couldnt even go the bathroom unescorted. Bears thinking about. Immigration doesnt CARE about your sob stories or inconvenience when travelling.
                        Last edited by KansaiBen; 2008-10-10, 06:17 PM.

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                        • #13
                          transit visa
                          never heard of it?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 不良外人
                            You have an ongoing ticket so I can't see them refusing you entry. It is not possible to stay in the airport overnight
                            plenty of people have done it

                            http://www.sleepinginairports.net/li...+International

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