Visa policy of Japan

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Visa of Japan

Visitors to Japan must obtain a visa from one of the Japanese diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. The Government of Japan currently allows citizens of 66 countries/territories to travel to Japan for tourism or business without having to obtain a visa.[1][2][3]

Visa policy map[edit]

Countries which are allowed visa-free entry to Japan

Visa exempt countries[edit]

A Japanese temporary visitor sticker/visa issued at the Haneda Airport

The following 66 countries and regions are visa exempt for visits up to 901 days (unless otherwise noted):[4]

1 - Citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom may apply for an extension of stay with the Ministry of Justice for up to 6 months.
2 - With biometric passports only.
3 - For holders of Taiwan passports which includes a personal identification number.

Future[edit]

During his visit in Jakarta on August 12th 2014, Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida formally announced visa waiver for Indonesian passport holders, date of implementation starting December 1st 2014. [5] Requirements for single-entry tourism visas for the nationals of the Philippines and Vietnam, will be relaxed to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level when applied via select travel agencies.[6]

Special visa policy for some countries[edit]

Japan has a special visa policy for nationals of Russia, other CIS countries, and Georgia. [7] Nationals of these countries can not provide their financial guarantees and get a visa on their own - they must apply through touristic companies or residents of Japan. These additional requirements are due to the South Kuril islands dispute - all these countries were members of the USSR. (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are members of the Schengen Area and are covered under the European Union.)

In additionm, Japanese MOFA has a special visa policy for nationals of China and the Philippines. [8] [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)
  2. ^ http://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/en/visa/pdf/Exemptions.pdf retrieved on 2012-04-23
  3. ^ http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html
  4. ^ "Visa Information - Japan". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]