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Do I really need to send a picture of my passport?

12 days ago

So this time around we decided that a hotel was going to be too small for my family of 5 and so booked an apartment on Booking. All seems fine, however, the owner is asking for me to send a picture of the passports of the family as he claims it's a condition of staying in Japan. Seems odd and while I generally trust business owners in Japan, I'm not sure about this request. Thoughts? I'm guessing we will never meet the owner. It also specifically says on Booking not to provide personal details. A passport seems, well personal!

5 replies
Philippines
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12 days ago

It is not a needed in virtually all legit hotel. However, if it is a small hotel, they are probably trying to check if it is perhaps for security. Send the scan passport but erase the important details like passport numbers, birthdays, and others.

Australia
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12 days ago

It’s required by law in Japan. Any hotel you stay in (and any apartment etc.) is required by law to take a copy of your passport. Anybody who says otherwise has either (a) never stayed at a hotel etc. in Japan or (b) was staying somewhere that was NOT ‘legit’.

Japan
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12 days ago

Tell them you can show it to them upon arrival. They can take copy there.

United States of America
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12 days ago

I received a similar request from my host on AirBnB:
"And since we are legal BNB registered by Japan government, you may need to offer all the members' passport copy. And it will be very helpful if you can send me pictures here. You can check details from Japan government's website as below, thank you!
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https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000130600_00001.html"

Since AirBnb hosts will not meet us at the property, carrying a physical copy won't help. I am assuming they will need passport nos. I guess, so don't think if we should erase the passport nos.

Is it a legitimate request to send them pictures?

Australia
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11 days ago

Yes.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/lodging/index.html