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Do Chinese citizens need a  visa for Japan if arriving by cruise ship.  I know if arriving by airline and visiting for an extended time a visa is required, but is one required if using a cruise ship and only being in a port city for approximately 8 to 12 hours.  Spectrum of the Seas will be departing and returning from Shanghai for 5 days.  Being fairly new to posting, I don't even know if Chinese citizens even are aware of Cruise Critic.  I am hoping someone knows for sure the answer.  Thank you all for your time.

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The only way to know FOR SURE is to contact the Japanese Embassy.

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1 hour ago, colorado35 said:

Do Chinese citizens need a  visa for Japan if arriving by cruise ship.  I know if arriving by airline and visiting for an extended time a visa is required, but is one required if using a cruise ship and only being in a port city for approximately 8 to 12 hours.  Spectrum of the Seas will be departing and returning from Shanghai for 5 days.  Being fairly new to posting, I don't even know if Chinese citizens even are aware of Cruise Critic.  I am hoping someone knows for sure the answer.  Thank you all for your time.

 

The odds of getting a truly reliable answer is small...let alone a truly reliable answer with legitimacy behind it. As mentioned above, the only truly reliable way to get an answer is to contact a Japanese diplomatic mission in China, be it the embassy or a consulate.

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According to this website, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/topics/china.html

 

A Chinese citizen still residing in China obtains a Japanese visa through an approved Chinese travel agency for group or individual travel.   The Chinese travel agency booking the cruise should be able to answer this question.

 

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If you read Mandarin you can check this: https://www.rcclchina.com.cn/Rccl.CustomPage/Faq/Detail/152?shipCategory=海洋光谱号&shipSubCategory=上海出发

 

I can't read it but I put it in Google Translate:

"Mainland guests taking part in the voyage of Shanghai to the home port of Shanghai:

You do not need to apply for a Japanese visa. On the day of arrival, please make a face-to-face check at the designated place of the ship and receive the “Japan Onshore Sightseeing Landing Permit”."

 

When I was on Quantum on a Shanghai RT, all passengers were just given a PLP (Provisional Landing Permit) which is a sticker put on the photocopy of your passport, so I assume that visas weren't required.

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