December 4, 2023

Sebastian in Might (learn extra right here) wrote a complete piece about his expertise making use of for Japan’s Trusted Traveler Program {that a} Korean reader alerted us about, as this program is someway saved “below the desk” and not likely promoted.

We each really utilized for this system roughly on the similar time once we have been in Japan, and the purpose was to finish the method once we each left, however this course of takes considerably extra time.

You’ll be able to entry Japan’s web page for the Trusted Traveler Program right here.

It is best to familiarize your self with Sebastian’s piece first:

Expertise Report: Japan’s Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) Is Now Open For New Functions & Entry By way of Automated Gates

My preliminary software for this system was submitted on March 31, and it took six weeks for the immigration division to do the preliminary inspection, which was accomplished on Might 12.

E-mail From Japan TTP:

*This e-mail is being robotically despatched to addresses enlisted within the Trusted Traveler Program info system.

Utility ID:0000016XXX

The preliminary examination is accomplished.
Please proceed to take the second-stage examination at one of many designated registration locations by bringing the originals of paperwork submitted within the preliminary examination inside six months of receiving this electronic mail.
*In case you fall below Class D [Sufficient funds and credit], be sure to convey with you the bank card whose info was entered on the time of your software. The bank card can be verified and returned after making a photocopy within the second-stage examination.

For designated registration locations, please click on the next URL.

Pay attention to the next if you come to a chosen registration place.
・The second-stage examination could take a while to finish.
Please be sure to arrive at a chosen registration place with loads of time.
・In case you meet the registration necessities for Class A [JTTP] or Class D [Sufficient funds and credit], it’s worthwhile to have entered Japan twice or extra previously one-year interval on the time of the second-stage examination. (Entry to Japan for the second-stage examination counts in direction of the requirement.)
・If the submitted photograph of your face doesn’t meet the specs, it’s worthwhile to submit one other photograph taken in response to the specs at a chosen registration place.
・In case you meet the registration necessities of Class E [Family], it’s worthwhile to take the second-stage examination collectively together with your partner or father or mother who’s the principal applicant or after the principal applicant receives his/her registered person (TTP) card.
・In case your registration is accepted because of the second-stage examination, your registered person (TTP) card can be issued. To obtain the cardboard, it’s worthwhile to pay a charge of two,200 yen per particular person in income stamps.
Income stamps can be found at put up workplaces, comfort shops, and many others. in Japan.
(Be aware) Income stamps is probably not obtainable after you cross a safety examine in an airport. In case you plan to take the second-stage examination on the passport management space, it is suggested that you just buy income stamps earlier than going by means of the safety examine.

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*If you’re unsure why you may have acquired this e-mail, or you probably have some other questions,
please contact us on the following e-mail deal with. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Immigration Companies Company, Ministry of Justice
▼For inquiries

I used to be in Japan for 2 nights late final week, so I made a decision to finish the method throughout that fast keep.

I adopted Sebastian’s directions and walked to the Japan Submit Workplace to buy the two,200 value of particular stamps that I wanted on the airport when finishing the method.

You should have money to pay for these stamps (no playing cards accepted), so I used the ATM contained in the put up workplace to withdraw 10,000 yen.

I used to be on a morning flight from Haneda to Hong Kong on Friday. I made a decision to take the earliest potential public transportation from Hyatt Regency Yokohama to the airport and bought there simply after 6 AM.

I went by means of the exit safety examine, and the woman within the immigration corridor was waving for me to make use of one of many cubicles/machines, however I requested her the place the TTP examine was, and I noticed her face (even the masks on) that she had no thought, and continued to ask me to make use of the common exit desks.

As an alternative, I walked to the immigration window on the furthest proper earlier than exiting the nation and gave them the printout from the TTP system and noticed the confusion.

No person knew about this till I uttered the phrases TTP a couple of occasions, after which they sprung into motion and requested when my flight was, as this may increasingly take a while.

I gave them my passport with the income stamps and sat in one of many chairs normally reserved for many who have hassle exiting the nation (overstays and many others.).

They apologized a couple of occasions for taking a while after which requested for a passport photograph and a bank card (this is without doubt one of the qualification necessities). I used Amex Platinum.

Then on the 30-minute mark, we moved to the desk that issued the plastic playing cards, they usually tried to learn my fingerprints that have been problematic (dry) however ultimately succeeded.

The 2 immigration officers have been studying the TTP instruction handbook with the required steps highlighted.

It took a complete of fifty minutes from beginning the method on the airport to have the cardboard in my hand, after which I went to the self-service machines that learn the cardboard and the passport to exit the nation.


This TTP software course of is reasonably heavy and takes important time. I’m not positive what they did through the preliminary inspection interval that took six weeks. They really want to hurry up the preliminary screening and the airport processes in the event that they plan to roll out this program to a big variety of passengers.

I take into account this TTP card an insurance coverage coverage in case there are lengthy traces when coming into the nation. I can now use these automated machines, like in Hong Kong, that by no means have any traces.

My entry by means of Haneda was very easy every week in the past, and there was zero line to enter, and I might have been quickly on the lodge had Air France not left my luggage in Paris.

Each of my passports are expiring quickly, and this TTP card is just legitimate by means of early 2025. I think about I’ll enter Japan 6 to eight occasions within the subsequent 18 months.