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Updated October 2022

Following the severity of COVID-19 cases being reduced over the year, the precautionary measures in Japan have now been eased. With the COVID-19 precautionary measures being eased, understandably, many travellers are looking to reacquaint themselves with Japan’s marvellous and unique culture.

If you’re a UAE resident looking to travel to Japan, here is a definitive breakdown of the Japan visa for UAE residents.

Do UAE residents need visas to Japan?

The UAE nationals with regular passports will be able to enter Japan without a visa from 1 November 2022. They will be able to enter the country without a visa as long as their stay does not exceed 30 days. Therefore, UAE residents are currently still obligated to obtain a visa to enter Japan.

Available Japan visa types for UAE residents

Tourist visa

If you would like to visit Japan for tourism, you can obtain a short-stay tourism visa with a validity of 90 days. However, Japan’s tourist visa is only available through the travel agency.

Required documents

  1. Visa application form
  2. Passport
  3. Copy of passport
  4. Copy of UAE visa (UAE residence visa must be valid upon returning from Japan)
  5. Photo (with white background)
  6. ERFS certificate (※From travel agents in Japan)
  7. Documents prepared by a travel agent or others. For example, tour outline/list of participants/itinerary and contact details of the accepting Japanese travel agent/employment certificate and contact details of the tour operator.
  8. Letter of guarantee (Only for Chinese nationals departing from China)

Visa for short-term business affair visa

A short-term visa is a visa that will grant tourists a stay in Japan for a stay up to 90 days. This visa has two types of entry, single and multiple entries. However, a multiple entry short-term visa is only available for travellers who are citizens of these certain countries that have a visa exemption agreement with Japan.

Required documents

  1. Application form with pass photo
  2. The original passport and a copy of the original passport
  3. A copy of the UAE visa (the UAE residence visa must be valid upon returning from Japan)
  4. A copy of the “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system
  5. A request letter for a multiple entry visa (if requesting for multiple entry visa). This letter is available in Japanese or English.

Working or long-term visa

A working or long-term visa is for applicants who wish to perform remunerative work in Japan, or who wish to stay over 90 days in Japan, is required to apply for a visa for a working or long-term stay.

Required documents

  1. A copy of the “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system”
  2. Visa application form
  3. Passport
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Copy of UAE visa (residence)(※UAE residence visa must be valid upon returning from Japan.)
  6. Photo (white background)
  7. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Ministry of Justice
    • a Declaration letter is required if you have a COE issued more than 3 months ago. (For business affairs) (For family/dependents)
    • The Declaration should be prepared by the inviting person/company/organization in Japan
  8. Copy of COE
  9. Confirmation letter (applicable to technical intern trainees or students only)

Temporary visitor visa for relatives or acquaintances

You can obtain this type of visa if you would like to visit your relatives or acquaintances who live in Japan. This visa will allow a stay of 90 days after the issuance of the visa.

Required documents 

  1. Visa application form
  2. Passport
  3. Copy of passport
  4. Copy of UAE visa (UAE residence visa must be valid upon returning from Japan)
  5. Photo (with white background)
  6. An invitation letter in English or Japanese, with a written pledge in English or Japanese.
  7. A confirmed flight reservation record of a round-trip flight to/from Japan.
  8. Documents showing the relationship between the applicant and his/her relatives or acquaintances.
    • A family register (Koseki) issued within the last 3 months, headed by the applicant’s Japanese spouse.
    • For those visiting acquaintances, documentation to support the purpose of the visit is also required.
  9. A copy of the residence card of a relative or an acquaintance (if applicable).
  10. A confirmed flight reservation record for accompanying family members (if applicable).

How to apply for a Japan visa for UAE residents?

You can follow these steps to apply for your Japan visa:

  1. Contact the Japanese Embassy/Consulate to make an appointment for the submission of the application.
    • Some Japanese Embassies do not accept individual applications, however, so you have to apply through a travel agency. The agency will submit the application at the Embassy or Consulate on your behalf.
  2. Gather the required documents for a Japan visa.
  3. Submit the documents at the Embassy/Consulate or the travel agency.
  4. Wait for the visa to be processed.
  5. Collect your passport Embassy/Consulate/travel agency. If the application has been approved, your visa will be affixed and you can use it to travel to Japan within three months.

How long is the visa processing time?

The application for a Japan visa usually would take 5 working days or maybe even more, starting from the day the Japanese Representative Office receives your completed application.

What is the fee for a Japan visa for UAE residents?

The single entry visa would cost around 105 AED and 205 AED for a multiple entry visa. Fees must be paid in cash on collection day. They do not accept cheques or credit/debit cards.

When can I collect the Japan visa?

The visa collection is from Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 15:00. There is no visa collection on Friday.


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