Going to Japan?

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1. Posted by throwaway777 (Budding Member 2 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I'm a US citizen and I have an arrest record from a few years ago. The charge was dismissed and I was never convicted, but am I still able to get into Japan someday?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4148 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

First of all, an arrest record is not the same as a criminal record. Each country's legal processes differ, including the use and legal standing of arrest. Most (all?) countries are interested only in convictions for criminal offences.

You were arrested but not found guilty: the charge was dismissed. You were not found guilty or convicted of a crime

Like many countries, Japan is not presently operating its normal entry rules because of Covid. In normal times US citizens (i.e. passport-holders) have visa-waiver entry to Japan for up to 90 days for tourism purposes.


On the plane you may fill in a disembarkation card which is handed to border officers on landing. The relevant question on the card is: 'Have you ever been found guilty in a criminal case in Japan or another country?' (my underline) to which your answer is, of course, 'No'.


> am I still able to get into Japan someday?

Of course! You will be able to visit when the present Covid restrictions are lifted.


1. No-one here or on any other forum or website is a border officer, of Japan or any other country. If you are not reassured by answer you should contact the Japanese Embassy in the US (when Covid restrictions are lifted, obviously).

2. Entry rules for all countries can and do change.When you begin to plan your visit make sure you check the website of the Japanese Embassy in the US for up-to-date information.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jan 2022, 10:08 GMT by leics2 ]