Japan re entry visa

Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:22 PM
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Japan re entry visa

Hi, I need help here.. I went to Japan last week and has left japan for korea last night. However, as I am holding Indonesian passport with single entry, I need to get for re-entry stamp before I left for Japan and no body in Japan consulate has ever told me, nor the Japan Consulate website in Australia (Im Australian resident and applied the Japan visa in Australia). I called japan embassy in Korea, they can not help me and said that I have to reapply my visa through my home country but I only spend another 2 nights in tokyo, which is sort of my transit as my ticket back to Australia is from tokyo. Someone advised me to apply Visa on Arrival in Tokyo as I have my return ticket to Melbourne, Australia and has booked and paid my accommodation and only spend 2 nights in Tokyo. Is that possible for visa on arrival with Indonesian passport with Australian permanent resident? As I only spend 3 nights in Korea, I only carry back pack and left my luggage in the Hotel I stayed in Tokyo. It's honest mistake as I have no idea about re-entry stamp and I have listed my itenary that I spend 3 nights in korea when I applied for Japanese visa. Please help and advise what I need to do when I arrive in Tokyo. Thanks
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Apr 3rd, 2010, 02:46 AM
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I think the Japanese consulate in Korea gave you the correct info. Without a re-entry permit, your visa has now expired and in order to re-enter Japan, you have to get a fresh visa. You won't get into Japan without a visa, and no visa will be issued on arrival, regardless of your residence status in Australia. All you can do is to fly to Narita and stay airside (without entering Japan) for your flight home. This leaves a question of what to do with your luggage left in Tokyo. You can ask your hotel to send it to Narita by delivery service, but your luggage will stay landside and you have to check in yourself by going landside first (which won't be allowed).
Go back to the Japanese consulate and ask if they can issue a transit visa (usually valid 72 hours). While they don't normally handle applications from non-Korea residents, they may make an exception for humanitarian or exceptional reasons.
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Apr 3rd, 2010, 02:52 AM
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If the consulate won't budge, still get your luggage sent to Narita, and when you arrive in Narita, plead with the immigration if they would let you go landside long enough to retrieve your luggage and check it in for your flight home. If they do (perhaps with an escort), your problem is solved. If they don't, then write off your luggage and put it down to experience.
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Apr 3rd, 2010, 09:40 AM
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The hotel can definitely mail your luggage home. Just pay them.
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Apr 3rd, 2010, 09:47 AM
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@ Alec: Thank You for your advise. Our flight is tomorrow and we will try with transit visa, if it's only valid for 72 hours, it will be more than enough for us as we only spend another 2 nights in Japan. We really hope that they will make an exception for this one time. Thank you again for your advise.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 02:57 AM
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We have arrived in Japan and they let us to go with Transit visa which only valid for 72 hours, which works more than okay for us. The conditions are only our airline who only can issue the transit visa before we lined up on immigration and custom and we only can stay in tokyo and have the confirmation departure ticket within 72 hours once the transit visa is issued. Really thank god for that... United airlines was almost not let us go from Seoul when they saw our japan visa with no re entry stamp on our passport but once we showed the departure ticket from Tokyo in 2 days, they let us go. this will be one of our experience when we travel multiple country.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 06:16 AM
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Phew, I'm pleased that worked out! Big lesson learnt, eh? Still, there's not one of us in here who hasn't done something equally silly. lol lol lol. Learning curve. I bet that won't happen to you again.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 09:30 AM
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Glad the solution of the transit visa worked. And thanks for reporting back--sometimes we never know how these stories end.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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Yes, thanks for letting us know it all worked out!
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