April 13, 2024

Sebastian in Might (learn extra right here) wrote a complete piece about his expertise making use of for Japan’s Trusted Traveler Program {that a} Korean reader alerted us about, as this program is one way or the other stored “underneath the desk” and probably not promoted.

We each really utilized for this system roughly on the similar time once we had been in Japan, and the objective was to finish the method once we each left, however this course of takes considerably extra time.

You may entry Japan’s web page for the Trusted Traveler Program right here.

You need to familiarize your self with Sebastian’s piece first:

Expertise Report: Japan’s Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) Is Now Open For New Functions & Entry Through Automated Gates

My preliminary software for this system was submitted on March 31, and it took six weeks for the immigration division to do the preliminary inspection, which was accomplished on Might 12.

E-mail From Japan TTP:

*This e-mail is being robotically despatched to addresses enlisted within the Trusted Traveler Program data system.

Utility ID:0000016XXX

The preliminary examination is accomplished.
Please proceed to take the second-stage examination at one of many designated registration locations by bringing the originals of paperwork submitted within the preliminary examination inside six months of receiving this e-mail.
*Should you fall underneath Class D [Sufficient funds and credit], be certain to deliver with you the bank card whose data was entered on the time of your software. The bank card might be verified and returned after making a photocopy within the second-stage examination.

For designated registration locations, please click on the next URL.
http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/ttp2/pdf/list_en.pdf

Pay attention to the next while you come to a chosen registration place.
・The second-stage examination might take a while to finish.
Please be sure you arrive at a chosen registration place with loads of time.
・Should you meet the registration necessities for Class A [JTTP] or Class D [Sufficient funds and credit], you want to have entered Japan twice or extra prior to now one-year interval on the time of the second-stage examination. (Entry to Japan for the second-stage examination counts in direction of the requirement.)
・If the submitted photograph of your face doesn’t meet the specs, you want to submit one other photograph taken based on the specs at a chosen registration place.
・Should you meet the registration necessities of Class E [Family], you want to take the second-stage examination collectively together with your partner or father or mother who’s the principal applicant or after the principal applicant receives his/her registered person (TTP) card.
・In case your registration is accepted on account of the second-stage examination, your registered person (TTP) card might be issued. To obtain the cardboard, you want to pay a payment of two,200 yen per particular person in income stamps.
Income stamps can be found at submit workplaces, comfort shops, and so on. in Japan.
(Be aware) Income stamps is probably not obtainable after you go a safety verify in an airport. Should you plan to take the second-stage examination on the passport management space, it’s endorsed that you simply buy income stamps earlier than going via the safety verify.

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*If you’re undecided why you will have acquired this e-mail, or when you have every other questions,
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I used to be in Japan for 2 nights late final week, so I made a decision to finish the method throughout that fast keep.

I adopted Sebastian’s directions and walked to the Japan Publish Workplace to buy the two,200 price of particular stamps that I wanted on the airport when finishing the method.

You’ll want to have money to pay for these stamps (no playing cards accepted), so I used the ATM contained in the submit workplace to withdraw 10,000 yen.

I used to be on a morning flight from Haneda to Hong Kong on Friday. I made a decision to take the earliest potential public transportation from Hyatt Regency Yokohama to the airport and acquired there simply after 6 AM.

I went via the exit safety verify, and the girl within the immigration corridor was waving for me to make use of one of many cubicles/machines, however I requested her the place the TTP verify was, and I noticed her face (even the masks on) that she had no concept, and continued to ask me to make use of the common exit desks.

As a substitute, I walked to the immigration window on the furthest proper earlier than exiting the nation and gave them the printout from the TTP system and noticed the confusion.

No person knew about this till I uttered the phrases TTP just a few occasions, after which they sprung into motion and requested when my flight was, as this may increasingly take a while.

I gave them my passport with the income stamps and sat in one of many chairs often reserved for many who have bother exiting the nation (overstays and so on.).

They apologized just a few occasions for taking a while after which requested for a passport photograph and a bank card (this is without doubt one of the qualification necessities). I used Amex Platinum.

Then on the 30-minute mark, we moved to the desk that issued the plastic playing cards, and so they tried to learn my fingerprints that had been problematic (dry) however finally succeeded.

The 2 immigration officers had been studying the TTP instruction guide with the required steps highlighted.

It took a complete of fifty minutes from beginning the method on the airport to have the cardboard in my hand, after which I went to the self-service machines that learn the cardboard and the passport to exit the nation.

Conclusion

This TTP software course of is moderately heavy and takes important time. I’m not positive what they did throughout the preliminary inspection interval that took six weeks. They really want to hurry up the preliminary screening and the airport processes in the event that they plan to roll out this program to a big variety of passengers.

I think about this TTP card an insurance coverage coverage in case there are lengthy traces when getting into the nation. I can now use these automated machines, like in Hong Kong, that by no means have any traces.

My entry via Haneda was very clean every week in the past, and there was zero line to enter, and I’d have been quickly on the lodge had Air France not left my luggage in Paris.

Each of my passports are expiring quickly, and this TTP card is just legitimate via early 2025. I think about I’ll enter Japan 6 to eight occasions within the subsequent 18 months.