passport of Japan

Japan Passport

Passport rankings out of 193 countries

Freedom of travel10

Asset protection21

Quality of life11

"Plan B"12

About Japan

An island state in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, on the Japanese archipelago. It borders with Russia, the Republic of Korea and China. A great economic power, it ranks third in the world in terms of nominal GDP and fourth in terms of GDP at purchasing power parity.

Japan produces cars, electronics, machine tools, ships, chemicals, textiles and food products. Approximately three-quarters of GDP comes from the service sector. Tourism is developing: foreigners come to get acquainted with the culture and history of the country.


125.6 million



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Japan passport ranking and benefits

  • 1

    Access to 192 countries

    A Japanese passport provides visa-free access to the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Japan and others. To travel to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, a passport holder only needs a digital entry permit.

  • 2

    Life in Japan

    Citizenship allows one to live, work, and study in Japan without restrictions. The country is in top 10 states in terms of quality of life Japanese cities of Kyoto, Fukuoka, Chiba and Tokyo are recognised as one of the most comfortable places in the world for birthing and raising children.

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    Education and healthcare in Japan

    he University of Tokyo ranks 23rd in terms of quality of education among 1,300 educational institutions in the world. Another 15 Japanese universities are in the top 500 of the QS World University Rankings. It is easier for a Japanese national to enroll in a local university than for a foreigner. Citizens of the country can also receive a state scholarship for studying, as well as healthcare benefits.

Grounds for obtaining a Japan passport

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Birth to citizens of the country

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Marriage to a citizen of the country

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Work for the country's government

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Estimated time: 5 years

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Parents citizenship

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Special conditions

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Special services to the state

Obtaining a Japan passport by naturalization: requirements for applicants

Knowledge of state language

Assimilation or cultural knowledge

Stable financial status

Good health

No criminal records

Frequently asked questions

  • How to get a Japanese passport?

    Japanese citizenship is obtained through the right of blood or descent, adoption, marriage, or naturalisation.

    To obtain Japanese citizenship by naturalisation, you must have lived in the country for at least 5 years, prove the knowledge of basic Japanese, have a stable income or a sponsor (such as a spouse or parent), and have no criminal record, as well as get an approval from the Japanese Ministry of Justice.

    A Japanese passport can be obtained through marriage if at least three years have passed since the relationship register. At the time of applying for citizenship, a foreign spouse must have lived in Japan for at least a year.

  • Does Japan recognize dual citizenship?

    No, therefore, when you obtain Japanese citizenship, you need to give up your first passport.

  • How to live in Japan with citizenship of another country?

    Japan does not recognize second or dual citizenship. However, a foreigner can get a temporary residence permit in the country, such as for studying, working or family reunification. After three years, one can obtain permanent residence, which will be valid for life.

    For short-term trips to Japan or initial entry into the country, options like a Portuguese or Malta passport are eligible. Citizens of these countries have the right to visa-free stays in Japan for 90 days every half-year.

  • Who can get Japanese citizenship by birthright?

    Japanese citizenship can be obtained by right of blood if:

    • a child is born in a family where at least one of the parents has Japanese citizenship;

    • the father is a Japanese citizen who had died before the child was born;

    • A child was born in Japan to unknown or stateless parents.

Japan Passport in comparison with other passports