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Unless you specially request it, you will not be able to retrieve your bags at Narita, since they will be checked through to Bangkok and transferred directly to the next plane. You will thus need to bring everything you need with you as carry-on luggage. However! There is an option to request at check-in that they "short-check" your bags to Narita only. ...


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U.S. citizens can visit Japan without a visa anyway, so there's certainly no need to get one for transiting. Regarding the second part of your question, you don't have to pass through immigration at Narita on an international-to-international connection. From the Narita airport's page on international-to-international connections: When connecting ...


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Copying from comment to answer: If you do not need a visa for entering the country then you do not need a visa to transit because you could, in theory, always transit by leaving airside and entering the country and then go to your next flight. "Sterile" transit if it exists it does to accommodate those who can not do this because they would need a visitor ...



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