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]

Statistics[edit]

In 2014 2,871,639 Japanese visas were issued.[11] It is an increase of 54% from 2013 when 1,864,425 visas were issued and the highest number ever recorded.[12]

Most visas were applied for by nationals of the following countries:[13][14][15]

Application from Issued visas in 2014 Share Issued visas in 2013 Issued visas in 2012
 China 2,048,106 71% 971,542 1,112,407
 Philippines 163,386 6% 99,258 74,424
 Indonesia 141,321 5% 122,376 90,498
 Vietnam 96,648 3% 65,305 39,581
 India 66,696 2% 55,622 50,938
 Russia 57,606 2% 54,948 45,468
 Brazil 34,217 1% 28,697 35,049
 Thailand[16] 21,322 1% 183,684 228,528
 United States[17] 19,017 1% N/A N/A
 Republic of Korea[18] 18,861 1% 21,644 22,964
 Malaysia[19] N/A N/A 70,231 115,348
Others 204,459 7% 191,118 171.316

In 2014 most visas were issued for group sightseeing (1,100,495) and individual sightseeing (417,401). There were 18,353 multiple-entry visas for Okinawa and 1,635 multiple-entry visas for three prefectures in Tōhoku.

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. ^ 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 2014
  12. ^ Statistics for the Number of Visas Issued in 2013
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ [6]
  15. ^ [7]
  16. ^ Visas abolished on 1 July 2013
  17. ^ Visa exempt country.
  18. ^ Visa exempt country.
  19. ^ Visas abolished on 1 July 2013