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You are in: Fukuoka: Survival: On Arrival

On Arrival  (Qjmp: 18003)

What to expect on arrival

The International terminal is modern and new, but situated some distance from the domestic terminals and the subway connection.

International Terminal 


There are two channels - for Japanese passport holders and for foreign visitors. Foreigners who are returning to Japan and have re-entry visas usually join the Japanese passport holders queue, 'though this is not always faster.


Most visitors can expect to have a chat, however brief, with a customs officer. You may well be asked, as a matter of course, if you are carrying drugs or alchohol. Japanese drug laws are strict and possession of (for example) even small amounts of cannabis are likely to be dealt with by a stay in prison followed by deportation. There is no tolerance for illegal drugs. (We STRONGLY advise those tempted not to risk it.)

International Terminal 
Importation of "pornography" (even material which may be considered mild by western standards) is also strictly controlled, ostensibly as a threat to the nations morals. Expect it to be confiscated if found. (Equally, be cautious about EXPORTING anything you might pick up in Japan...)

Getting through Immigration

Possession of a return ticket, or a ticket on to a third country is very strongly recommended. Keep a photocopy of your ticket in a safe place in case the original is stolen or lost. You should also be able to show that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.

If you are visiting friends here, knowing their address and telephone number may well smooth your path. In general when dealing with immigration, or any form of officialdom in Japan, being polite and looking smart will do you no harm - particularly if you are young. The worse the situation, the politer you should be.

The ability to recite a fairly clear itinerary concluding with the words, "and then I leave Japan" may also be helpful. Do not necessarily expect to get the full period of stay to which you are theoretically entitled. For example, British citizens are officially entitled to a 6 month tourist visa, but this is rarely given.

As a visitor you are legally required to carry your passport with you at all times and can, in principal, be asked to show it by a police officer. In practice, in Fukuoka this very rarely happens. Although technically illegal (and as such, certainly not condoned by this website), it is very unlikely that carrying a photocopy of your passport with the original easily accessible (in the hotel safe, for example) would lead to anything more severe than a mild ticking off.

See "Airport to City" for domestic transit and travel information from the Airport into the City.

See the "Money" section for details of changing money at the airport.

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