Japan visa policy states which nationalities need to obtain a visa, how long foreigners can stay in the country with the permit, and for what purpose. The rules and requirements that foreign visitors must fulfill in order to visit Japan are determined by it.
Nationals with visa exemptions can enter Japan for tourism or business for 15 to 180 days (as the time of stay depends on the country).
Approximately 180 regions and countries must apply for a regular visa to Japan. Currently, there is no visa on arrival to Japan. However, you have many options for stay purposes. You can travel for tourism, business, transit, studies, work, etc.
Note that a Japan online visa will be introduced soon, so it would be possible to submit an electronic application.
Besides, a valid passport is the most important document, so keep that in mind.
Only eligible travelers may enter Japan – they need to have a valid passport, a visa (if needed) or visa-exempt passport, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results, and then register with Visit Japan Web. Note that it is illegal to work or live in Japan without the required permit.
In order to go to Japan, visitors must obey the travel rules and regulations of the policy. Note that the requirements may change anytime, so it is recommended to check all the news from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before the trip.
According to the travel requirements, the following documents are necessary to cross the Japanese border without problems:
Requirements can be changed anytime, so check all the news on governmental site.
In the near future, it would be possible to apply for Japan e-Visa, but now only a regular visa is available. To obtain it, the applicant must contact the nearest embassy, make an appointment and go to the interview, submit the documents, and wait for the confirmation.
There are two types of traditional Japanese visas: for short stays that can be used for tourism, business, or transit. So if you travel to relax, sightsee, attend conferences and meetings, or want to transit through Japan, this option is perfect for you.
Also, it is possible to obtain long-term visas perfect for work, study, marriage, or highly skilled professionals. So if you seek employment in Japan, are an international student, intend to be married to a Japanese citizen, or are a student taking part in a Working Holiday Scheme agreement, you can apply for this Japanese visa type.
To submit a visa application, you need to find the nearest embassy or consulate, prepare documents, submit the application form, wait for the confirmation, and collect your visa. Note that you must have the Certificate of Eligibility (CEO) that can be obtained from an Immigration Office in case of a long-term visa.
The Japan electronic visa, introduced in 2020, hasn’t been launched yet. It will be a tourist single-entry visa designed for eligible citizens allowing a limited stay in the country. Right now, we need to wait for some more details on the governmental website. To obtain this visa, mainly you should have a completed visa form, a valid passport for at least 6 months, and a covered fee. The process will be straightforward and intuitive.
You can find out what countries and regions require a visa to Japan and which ones don’t need to have one.
Countries eligible for a traditional visa:
Visa-free countries list:
The entry rules for children are almost the same as for adults. They need to have a valid passport and a visa. When it comes to the COVID-19 restrictions, children who are below 18 years old and travel with fully vaccinated guardians are the exception.
A transit visa is necessary for citizens from visa-required countries who plan to cross the transit zone at the airport. This visa type can be used only for a few days for tourism, sightseeing, or relaxation.
Also, it is possible to transit without a visa in case you have a confirmed ticket to the next destination, the necessary documents, and stay within the transit zone. Moreover, those who use Kansai International Airport and Tokyo International Airport, have an onward ticket and documents, and stay in the transit area, don’t need a visa.
You must have a Japanese visa in case you are not from a visa-exempt country, if you want to stay longer in Japan or for a different purpose than tourism.
There are two traditional visas available for Japan - short or long-stay visas. Check the countries list in order to see if you need a Japanese visa.
It is not possible to obtain a Japan visa on arrival. However, a Japan electronic visa will be introduced soon. As for now, only a traditional visa is available.
There are three major requirements if you want to visit Japan: a valid passport, visa, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination/negative test (the only exceptions are children below 18 years old who travel with a fully vaccinated guardian).
A Japan visa for transit is necessary for all travelers who are not from visa-exempt countries and intend to leave a transit zone.
The requirements for children are the same as for adults - they need to have a valid passport, a visa, and a COVID-19 vaccination proof/negative test (those below 18 years old who travel with a fully vaccinated guardian don't need to have proof of vaccination).
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