Passport Application and Renewal Process (for students with Japanese citizenship)
APU offers numerous opportunities for overseas learning experiences from the moment students step on campus. If you are considering participating in an Off-Campus Study Program but have not yet obtained a passport, we recommend doing so well in advance. In particular, students who will be living alone for the first time upon coming to APU are advised to obtain a passport prior to coming to Beppu.. Students who currently hold a passport which will expire during or soon after their participation in an overseas program should complete the renewal process.
(1) First-time Application Process
Passport applications are handled by either the “passport application counter in your registered prefecture of residence” or the “passport application counter (residence applications) in your current prefecture of residence.” Please give yourself plenty of time to confirm all necessary application documents and submit an application at a prefectural application counter (*1) or other eligible location.
(2) Passport Renewal Process
If your passport fails to meet the host country’s requirements regarding the minimum period of validity, you will not be allowed to board the plane to your destination. Students participating in an Off-Campus Study Program should confirm their passport’s validity and take steps to renew their passport if necessary. APU recommends that program participants have at least 6 months of validity on their passport from the start of the program to their planned return date. Please give yourself plenty of time to confirm all necessary application documents and submit an application at a prefectural application counter (※1) or other eligible location.
*1 Passport application counters by prefecture: https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/toko/passport/pass_6.html
* “Period of validity” refers to the number of days from a certain date to the “Date of expiry” written in the passport.