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I have booked my ticket from Canada to India via Haneda airport, Japan. My layover is 16 hours at Haneda airport and date change 10 July to 11 July. Is a transit visa required?

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    Are you a Canadian or Indian national?
    – nanash1
    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:18

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According to the Embassy of Japan in Canada,

A transit Visa is for travelers who are stopping over in Japan en route to another country due to flight schedules.

  • Canadian citizens and nationals of countries with Reciprocal Visa Exemption Agreements with Japan do not require a Transit Visa. (List of the countries) As of March 16 2023, Canada is on the Reciprocal Visa Exemption Agreements list. India is not.
  • No visa required for all nationalities if you are transiting through Japan within the same airport without leaving the secured area.

This information allows us to answer your question:

  1. If you do not need to leave the secured area of your arrival airport to take your connecting flight, you do not need a transit Visa.
  2. If you need to leave the secured area, you do no need a transit visa if the passport you use to travel is on the Reciprocal Visa Exemption Agreements list. If your nationality is not on the list, you need a transit visa.

Some reasons you could have to leave the secured area are:

  • Change of airport for connecting flight.
  • Change of airport terminal.
  • Layover too long to stay in the secured area (not all airport terminals are 24h).

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