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In Japan: Ex-convicts face lifetime ban

If you have plans to enjoy a holiday in Japan, a criminal conviction means that you may face serious restrictions.

Japan is a popular holiday spot for tourists and the country is set to host the Olympic games in 2020. However, Japan has strict requirements for those seeking to enter the country.

If citizen of the United Kingdom wishes to travel to Japan for whatever reason and their stay will extend past 90 days, they are required to fill out a visa application.

But those who are just travelling there for a holiday for less than 90 days will not need to apply for a visa beforehand.

Before landing however, they are required to fill out a landing card, which asks the question: ‘Have you ever been convicted of a crime in Japan or any other country?’

Said individual must not have any drug related criminal convictions, else they are ineligible to stay in the country.

It does not matter if the conviction was long ago, or if it is minor. As long as you were convicted of of possessing, supplying and using drugs such as narcotics, marijuana and stimulants will be denied entry and sent back home.

The same thing applies to people who have been convicted of prostitution and any criminal conviction that lasted more than a year.

The Japanese Embassy makes it known that being granted a visa does not mean that you are guaranteed entry into Japan.

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