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Transit visa question

Bangalore
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Transit visa question

I am traveling from India to USA on my company's official business. I am an Indian passport holder and have US business and tourist visa. On my return journey from San Francisco to India, I want to stop over at Tokyo for 4 days. Can I apply for transit visa to enter Japan for 4 days? The reason for this question is I am entering Japan while returning from USA to India and not while going to USA from India, so want to check if transit visa is still applicable in this case as I would be transiting back to my home country. The Japanese embassy website for India mentions just "foreign country visa" and "flight tickets" as requirement for transit visa so it is not very clear if it can be used only in one direction - from home country to foreign country or in any direction.

Any help will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Transit visa question

As long as you are transiting via Japan, I think you as an Indian citizen/national/passport holder are entitled to apply for the transit visa (perhaps you might need two transit visas if you are entering into Japan on your way to USA [ie requiring a transfer of airport between Haneda and Narita or stopover with a stay outside the airport]), but please ask the embassy (make a telephone call) to make sure: www.in.emb-japan.go.jp/visa%20info.html

Edited: 11:51 am, June 07, 2018
Philadelphia...
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2. Re: Transit visa question

It does indeed seem that you need to get the transit visa in India - it's governed by passport nationality, not where the flight is from.

Bangalore
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3. Re: Transit visa question

Thank you everyone for your replies. I called Japanese consulate and they say that for 4 days stay in Japan, I need to apply for tourist visa - according to them, transit visa is usually given when there is some gap in connecting flights and 4 days is too long a gap to qualify for transit visa.

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