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Change in disembarkation / embarkation card
Written by Sam
July 4, 2014
In time for the summer holidays Japan’s Ministry of Justice have decided to slightly change the look of the disembarkation/embarkation card for re-entrants from 1 July, to avoid misunderstandings on when re-entry permits are needed.
This card is filled in when you leave Japan and when you return to Japan. If you leave Japan and come back within a year there is no need for a re-entry permit as long as your visa and residence card are still valid.
The change on the card is the addition of two boxes.
- Departure with Re-entry Permission
- Departure with Special Re-entry Permission
If you leave Japan with the intention of coming back within a year, say for holidays/visits to HQ or similar, there is no need for a re-entry permit. In those cases please tick box no 2. If you will indeed be out of Japan for more than a year with the intention of coming back on the same visa, you need a re-entry permit. Therefore, if you do have the re-entry permit please tick box no 1.
See what the card looks like, below: