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Updated September 2023
Japan, a captivating country known for its rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, welcomes millions of tourists every year. Despite its modest size, Japan offers an abundance of tourist attractions that cater to diverse interests. Whether you seek traditional art, serene nature, world-class shopping, or delectable cuisine, Japan promises an unforgettable experience.
If you have set your sights on this enchanting destination, you may find yourself pondering, “Do I need a visa for Japan?” Rest assured, the answer is favorable for the majority of travelers. Japan extends visa-free entry to visitors from numerous countries, making it easily accessible and enticing for globetrotters seeking to explore its wonders.
Here is everything you need to know about visa-free travel in Japan.
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Japan visa-free travel news & update
There are currently no formalities related to Covid that need to be fulfilled to enter Japan. Being vaccinated against Covid or providing a negative Covid test result is not required to enter Japan.
Japan has now resumed its visa-free services, allowing travelers 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.
Which countries are eligible for the visa-free entry to Japan?
The following countries are 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
Travelers from the following specific countries will have to meet some additional requirements before qualifying for visa-free entry to Japan:
- Indonesia: Nationals must have an ICAO-compliant ePassport registered at a Japanese diplomatic mission in Indonesia.
- Malaysia, Thailand, and Serbia: Visa-free travel is only possible for holders of e-Passports in compliance with ICAO standards. Others are advised to obtain a visa in advance.
- Hong Kong: Visa-free travel is only possible for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports or British National Overseas (BNO) passports with the right of residence in Hong Kong.
- Macao: Visa-free travel is only possible for holders of SAR passports issued by the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China.
- Barbados, Turkey, and Lesotho: Visa-free travel is only possible for holders of Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) or e-Passports in compliance with ICAO standards. Others are advised to obtain a visa in advance.
- United Arab Emirates: Nationals must have an ICAO-compliant ePassport registered at a Japanese diplomatic mission.
- Peru and Colombia: Nationals are advised to obtain a visa in advance.
- Mexico, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, the UK, and Switzerland: Visa exemptions allowing stays up to six (6) months require an extension of stay application if staying longer than 90 days.
- Taiwan: Visa exemption is limited to passport holders with a personal ID number.
Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan webpage for more details.