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jr pass middle name...

JR Pass Middle Name...

Hello,

I purchased a 14-day JR Pass, and I received my voucher. I noticed that only my first and last names are listed, as the agency I purchased it from insisted that a middle name is not needed for JR Pass. However, my Passport does list my First, Middle, and Last name - and I heard that when exchanging my voucher for a JR Pass in Japan, the agent does check the voucher name against the passport and even asks you to fill out a separate form - where you are asked to list your first, middle, and last names.

Could this pose a potential problem that my JR Exchange Voucher doesn't have my middle name listed? I would have entered it, but the website I purchased it from didn't even have a space to put my middle name in.

Has anyone been in a similar situation?

Thanks!

Roark25
Roark25

Hello there,

I can confirm that this is not a problem. The JR Staff will check your voucher against your name in your passport but a middle name is not required. Nor is the name check as strict as it is with airlines, small differences may be overlooked.

So don't worry about it :)
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

Thank you so much for your help! I was quite worried and so hearing back from you has definitely made me feel better! Perfect.

One more question - when we fill out the second form to actually receive the pass upon exchanging the voucher in Japan, is it OK to supply the middle name there? I know that form has a place to enter your middle name - so will it be okay to put it down there, so that the middle name will show up on my actually JR Pass? Or does it have to match with my exchange voucher?

Thank you so much!! :)

Roark25
Roark25

Hello again!

I don't think that it really matters. If you want to be sure, ask then person doing the exchange, he or she will after all have to verify the information but again don't worry too much a bout a middle name.

Enjoy!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much, Daniel!

Yes, I'll just put it on the second form (since there's a space for a middle name - while the order form for my JR pass didn't even have a space for putting it) and if it's a problem I'll just show him that it's identical with my passport name!

Thanks again for all your help!

Roark25
Roark25

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