Whether visiting for work, friends or family, the 18th Security Forces Squadron Visitor Control Center, located at the entrance of Kadena's Gate 1, should be the first stop for those needing access to the base. Handling everything from visitors passes to restricted area badges, the Airmen working at the VCC want to be of service. To save time and unnecessary trips, this page is dedicated to outlining all the appropriate paperwork needed for different types of passes, badges and permits.
A Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Permit stands as a contract of sorts between the Government of Japan and the United States allowing licensed military members, DoD civilians and their families to drive while stationed in Japan. The Schilling Community Center provides the required courses for both currently licensed drivers and family members that may not have a stateside license or SOFA Permit yet. For more information on the initial licensing requirements, please visit the Schilling Community Center on Kadena. For all other SOFA related inquiries, review the below links.
There are several types of Restricted Area Badges (RABs). Each badge is tied to an individual person and is required when entering certain areas within buildings, the flightline or munitions storage areas. For information and forms, check the below links and select the option best suited for you.
Citizens from the following restricted countries must receive approval from the instillation commander prior to escorted access being granted:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia, Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Occupied Palestine Territory, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria Arab Republic, Taiwan (ROC), Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen
Requests for Unescorted Access will not be accepted
To acquire approval, submit a TCN Pass Request through Gate 1 Pass and Registration Office using the TCN Application Packet.
To receive the TCN Application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 634-3437.
Bldg. 31 (Kadena AB Gate 1)
Please direct all pass requests to our organization email:
Closed at 12:00 the last Thursday of the month for training.
Closed all Federal Holidays and most Family Days. Please call to verify availability on Family Days.
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