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I'm going to the Philippines this October and would like to layover in Japan. I found a reasonably priced ticket with a 15-hour layover to Haneda, however, I have to transfer to Narita. Do I need a visa since I'm going to have to stay at a hotel and ride a bus to travel to Narita airport? Thank you!

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    What is your citizenship?
    – Traveller
    Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 23:03
  • Did you take this flight? Did they ask for visa?i will be travelling on Jan 17, 2020 using this route and appreciate if you can share the info Thanks
    – Ceetee
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 14:35

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Because your connecting flight is the next day and you are changing from HND to NRT, you can get a Shore Pass from Japan immigration on arrival.

Timatic, the database which airlines use to verify passenger travel documents, states in relevant part:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

  • Passengers with a passport and a confirmed onward ticket to a third country within 72 hours can obtain a Shore Pass on arrival if there are no connecting flights on the same calendar day. They must:

    • have documents required for the next destination; and

    • have proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay; and

    • arrive at and depart from an airport or seaport located within the same group below.
    • Group A:
      Airports: Narita (NRT), Haneda (HND), Nagoya (NGO), Niigata (KIJ), Komatsu (KMQ) and Yokota (OKO).
      Seaports: Tokyo, Yokohama, Niigata and Nagoya.

Timatic doesn't mention it, but the actual Japanese law also suggests that they may require you to have a biometric passport.

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