I will be going to Mongolia from China on a chartered flight from Tokyo to Ulaanbaatar. I have two options,

  1. Depart from China and arrive in Tokyo a day before my scheduled chartered flight. In this case, would I need a visa to stay at the airport while i wait for my flight the next day?
  2. Depart from China and arrive in Tokyo on the same day as my scheduled chartered flight. The chartered flight is at 15:30 but i will arrive in Tokyo at 13:50. Would i have enough time to transfer to the chartered flight?

Very urgent, anyone has any info, please reply! TIA! <3

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    What country issued your passport? Jan 20, 2021 at 9:18
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    I presume there's a very good reason for your itinerary? Because it's a massive detour compared to just crossing the border directly. Jan 20, 2021 at 14:02

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Separate Tickets

It sounds like your charter flight is booked on a separate ticket than your flight from China to Narita. In this case the answer is unfortunately "this will not work".

  1. One hour and 40 minutes is NOT enough to make this connection n the best of times since you need to go through immigration, collect your luggage, go through customs, enter Japan, go to the check in counter of the second airline, check in , drop your bags, go security and be at the departure gate for your second flight before the gate closing time.
  2. It's NOT the best of times: to make this connection you have to enter Japan, but due to Covid you are not allowed too. So neither the over-night nor the the same day will work.

Your only chance of making this would be flying without checked baggage and using online check in for the charter flight. You could try get off the plane with the boarding pass for you next already in hand and go directly to the departure gate. You should call the charter airline and ask if they physically need you at the check in counter (bad) or if all they need to do (doc check, for example), can be done online and/or airside at the gate or service counter.

Single Ticket

If this is a single ticket, you are probably fine with the same day connection, since your luggage get transferred, you don't need to enter Japan and just get off your plane and walk to the departure gate. You still may have to go through security. See https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/connect/inter/ for details.

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    Don't forget that any delay of the China/Tokyo flight will totally blow the 1:40 transfer time, even under the very best conditions.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 21, 2021 at 15:16
  • Also, for the only way suggestion to work the staff in China need to let OP actually board their plane to Japan which … imho is not a given.
    – Jan
    Jan 22, 2021 at 16:00

Narita is not open 24 hours, so if your flight is on the next day you will have to enter Japan. In normal circumstances nationals of some countries could get a Shore Pass on arrival to stay overnight. Unfortunately at the current time you cannot do so because Japan has barred entry to all non-resident foreigners due to COVID-19. You will need to depart Narita on the same calendar day that you arrive.

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