Exemption of Visa
(Short-Term Stay)

 As of July 2013, Japan had taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 66 countries and regions as the chart below.
Nationals and citizens of those countries and regions shown below are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is tourism, commerce, a conference, visit to relatives/ acquaintances, etc. However, when foreign national engages in paid activities in Japan, or the period of stay stipulated in each arrangement of short-term stay, visas will be required to enter Japan.

・Period of Stay
 The period of stay granted at the time of the landing permission shall be the shortest period out of "15 days," "30 days" or "90 days," that is long enough to cover the purpose of the stay of the foreign national. (for nationals of Brunei and Thailand is 15 days)

66 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions (as of July 2013)
Asia Europe
Brunei (15 days) Andorra
Malaysia (∗1) Austria(∗7)
Republic of Korea Belgium
Singapore Bulgaria
Thailand (∗2)(15 days) Croatia
Hong Kong(∗3) Cyprus
Macao(∗4) Czech Republic
Taiwan(∗5) Denmark
North America Estonia
Canada Finland
United States Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Latin America and the Caribbean France
Argentina Germany(∗7)
Bahamas Greece
Barbados(∗6) Hungary
Chile Iceland
Costa Rica Ireland (∗7)
Dominican Republic Italy
El Salvador Latvia
Guatemala Liechtenstein(∗7)
Honduras Lithuania
Mexico(∗7) Luxembourg
Surinam Malta
Uruguay Monaco
Oceania Netherlands
Australia Norway
New Zealand Poland
Middle East Portugal
Israel Romania
Turkey(∗6) San Marino
Africa Serbia
Lesotho(∗6) Slovakia
Mauritius Slovenia
Tunisia Spain
  Sweden
  Switzerland(∗7)
  United Kingdom(∗7)
  • (∗1) For nationals of Malaysia (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (∗2) For nationals of Thailand (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards.
  • (∗3) For citizens of Hong Kong, visas are not required only for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport 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.
  • (∗4) For citizens of Macao, visas are not required only for holders of SAR passport issued by the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China.
  • (∗5) For citizens of Taiwan, visas are not required only for holders of Taiwan passport which includes a personal identification number.
  • (∗6) For nationals of Barbados (since April 1, 2010), Turkey (since April 1, 2011) and Lesotho (since April 1, 2010), visas are not required only 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.
  • (∗7) For nationals of those countries with visa exemptions permitting stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements, those 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 is to expire.
  • (∗8) Nationals of Peru (since July 15, 1995) and Colombia (since February 1, 2004), are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.

Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in compliance with ICAO standards

 MRP in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has certain individual information, which is able to be read by computer, entered on the identity page of the passport.

Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in compliance with ICAO standards

ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards

 ePassport in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has IC chip that stores certain individual and biometric data including a digital image of the passport photograph. ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards has ePassport’s symbol on the front cover of the passport.

ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards


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