I currently have an Engineer's Visa/resident card in Japan. My passport will expire in April 2018, and I have to take a flight from Tokyo to Osaka in October.
I read some articles about travelling with a passport that is due to expire in 6 months but this seems to be for tourist visas and going to another country.
In line with this, I am thinking of having my passport renewed in September, but since the flight is set to be in October, I don't think I can get the renewed passport in time. I don't have a lot of travel experience so I feel a bit anxious about this.
What could be the best course of action? I'm thinking of a few solutions,
- Have the passport renewed and just simply take an overnight bus (which will cost around 2,000 yen more) or Shinkansen (costs a lot more)
- Book the flight now, have the passport renewed and ask for travel documents from the embassy for the flight (I'm not sure if this is possible)
- Have the passport renewed after the flight since the 6-month rule doesn't count for local flights (I'm not sure about this)
but some advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!