Thinking of moving to Japan? Use this guide as an overview of all the requirements you need to move to the land of the rising sun. We cover everything you need to know, such as how to apply for your residence card when you arrive at the airport and why you need a certificate of eligibility for your visa. The steps to move to Japan are not difficult, but to have an easy relocation, you have to prepare.
Whether you are moving abroad for the first time or moving several times before, the process raises many questions. Our complete guide on relocation will allay your doubts along the way, from initial preparations to negotiating a relocation package, we help you GO! prepared with key answers.
The process of moving to Japan is easy as long as you are ready. In general, expatriates can move most household items around the country without a problem. It is a good idea to have a detailed list of English and Japanese. Items can be brought into the country duty-free as long as you can prove ownership for at least six months before your relocation. Moving to Japan with pets is also easy, although pet owners may be disappointed to learn that the country requires quarantine. For dogs and cats, quarantine is only seven days. However, quarantine is likely to last longer if the owners cannot provide all the necessary documents such as the title test results or the chip number.
The vaccinations required for Japan are standard except one. Foreigners traveling to Japan are advised to be vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, which is transmitted by mosquito bites. Although the disease is largely found in rural areas, expatriates planning to travel through Japan and other Asian countries would be advised to get vaccinated.
Visas and work permits
Do you want to know how to get a visa or work permit in Japan? One of the easiest ways is to be offered a job before you arrive in the country. Your business in Japan will then start the visa application process for you. To do this, they will issue an eligibility certificate, which is mandatory for all Japanese visas.
The type of job you will hold will dictate the type of Japanese visa you will apply for. Japan has nearly 30 different types of visas, including those specifically for artists, teachers, engineers, etc. Each visa costs the same, but the documents required to apply to vary. For example, those applying for a research visa will have to submit documents defending their research and justifying why they must be in Japan.
Do you want to know how to find a job in Japan? As a country with a strong economy, finding work in Japan is not difficult. However, simply applying for a vacant position does not guarantee employment, and since Japan is a popular relocation destination among ex-pats, you will need to stand out as a candidate. Expatriates can especially stand out by demonstrating a certain knowledge of the Japanese language. Although not a requirement for every job, Japan is a country famous for its lack of use of the English language. Therefore, an applicant eager to learn and use Japanese will impress employers.
Do you want to know what it’s like to live in Japan? This section of our guide covers everything you need to know to make this modern, high-tech Asian nation your new home. Whether you need to know the cultural taboos or the national holidays to be planned, we provide the information to help you feel at home in no time.
One way to feel at home is to know how to drive in Japan. Did you know that it is rare to hear honking horns in this country and that doing so is perceived as aggressive? The roads in Japan are well maintained and the drivers are generally courteous. Seeing the country from the comfort of your car is easy and we explain what you need to do to get a Japanese driver’s license.