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Updated November 2022
After almost two years of travel suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan finally welcomed travellers starting June 2022. However, even though travellers are allowed entry, the entry restrictions in Japan are stringent and strict, making entry confusing and difficult for visitors.
Nevertheless, to everyone’s relief, starting October 2022, the authorities in Japan have announced that their Covid-19 entry restrictions will be eased and travellers eligible to travel visa-free to the country will again be able to enter Japan starting 11 October 2022.
Japan visa-free travel news & update
Japan has now resumed its visa-free services on 11 October 2022, allowing travellers from eligible nationalities to visit Japan without the need for a visa. Moreover, the daily limit of 50,000 arrivals from the covid-19 pandemic regulation has been lifted. Airlines have increased flying capacity in response to the full reopening of borders. Visa-free travel for short-term business and vacations from more than 60 countries is returning.
Additionally, UAE nationals with regular passports will be able to enter Japan without a visa from November 1, 2022. They will be able to enter the country without a visa as long as their stay does not exceed 30 days.
Which countries are eligible for the visa-free entry to Japan?
Please note that due to Covid-19, as of now, visa-free services to Japan have been suspended, and travellers are required to hold a valid visa to travel to Japan, except for re-entry permit holders.
From 11 October 2022 onwards, the following countries will again be eligible for visa-free travel to Japan, for up to 90 days. However, the period of stay granted for visa-free travel to Japan will be 14 days for Brunei, 15 days for Indonesia and Thailand, and 30 days for the United Arab Emirates.
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- United States
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
Japan visa-free requirements for specific countries
The travellers from the following specific countries will have to meet some additional requirements before qualifying for visa-free entry to Japan:
- For nationals of Indonesia, visa-free travel is only possible for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan in Indonesia (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). The validity of the registration is for a three (3) years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
- For nationals of Malaysia, Thailand and Serbia visa-free travel is only possible only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such an ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
- For citizens of Hong Kong, visa-free travel is only possible for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People’s Republic of China or British National Overseas (BNO) passports who have the right of residence in Hong Kong.
- For citizens of Macao, visa-free travel is only possible for holders of SAR passports issued by the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China.
- For nationals of Barbados, Turkey and Lesotho, visa-free travel is only possible for holders of Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) or ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP or ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
- For nationals of the United Arab Emirates, visa-free travel is only possible for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). The validity of the registration is for a three (3) years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
- Nationals of Peru and Colombia, are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
- For nationals of Mexico, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, the UK, and Switzerland, with visa exemptions that permit stays up to six (6) months under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements, who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of the period of stay to the Ministry of Justice (Regional Immigration Bureau) before the period of permitted stay expires.
Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan webpage for more details.