Detailed Questions

9  New requirement for crew members with landing permission to carry and display identification such as a valid crew memberfs pocket-ledger

Q9-1
Why is a crew member required to carry and display his/her identification such as a passport or valid crew memberfs pocket-ledger in addition to a crew memberfs landing permit?

A

The current Immigration Control Act requires crew members with landing permission to carry and display a crew memberfs landing permit, which does not have a photo identification section. Under the amended law, crew members are obliged to carry and display a valid passport or pocket-ledger which contains photo identification along with the crew memberfs landing permit. This is to ensure that it is possible to immediately check whether the foreign national with the crew memberfs landing permit is the same person who entered Japan and received landing permission.

The actual date of enforcement of this new system is January 1, 2010.