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 67 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

Citizens of the following 67 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.
4 - only for holders of biometric Indonesian passport who were issued a Visa Waiver Registration Certificate at the Japan Embassy/Consulate in Indonesia.[5]

Holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Iran, Morocco, Vietnam as well as holders of only diplomatic passports of India, Laos and Vatican City do not require a visa to visit Japan.

Special visa policy for some countries[edit]

Japan has a special visa policy for nationals of Russia, other CIS countries, and Georgia. [6] 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 addition, Japanese MOFA has a special visa policy for nationals of China and the Philippines. [7] [8]

As of 2014 nationals of Philippines and Vietnam travelling in a group through a registered travel agency can obtain entry visas for tourist visits up to 15 days in a simplified process that requires fewer documents than before.[9]

Chinese tourists travelling on approved cruiseships do not require a visa as of April 2015. They must embark and disembark the same specified ships.[10]


In 2013 1,864,425 Japanese visas were issued.[11]

Most visas were applied for by nationals of the following countries:[12][13]

Application from Issued visas in 2013 Share Issued visas in 2012
 China 971,542 52.1% 1,112,407
 Thailand[14] 183,684 9.9% 228,528
 Indonesia 122,376 6.6% 90,498
 Philippines 99,258 5.3% 74,424
 Malaysia[15] 70,231 3.8% 115,348
 Vietnam 65,305 3.5% 39,581
 India 55,622 3.0% 50,938
 Russia 54,948 2.9% 45,468
 Brazil 28,697 1.5% 35,049
 Republic of Korea 21,644 1.2% 22,964
Others 191,118 10.3% 171.316

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)
  2. ^ retrieved on 2012-04-23
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Visa Information - Japan". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Visa Waiver for Indonesian Nationals Based on a System of E-Passport Registration
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ Japan offers visa-free cruises to Chinese tourists
  11. ^ Statistics for the Number of Visas Issued in 2013
  12. ^ [5]
  13. ^ [6]
  14. ^ Visas abolished on 1 July 2013
  15. ^ Visas abolished on 1 July 2013