VISA / Residing in Japan
Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)

December 26, 2014
Japanese

 As of December 2014, Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 67 countries and regions as the chart below.
Nationals and citizens of those countries and regions shown below are not required to obtain visas to enter Japan when their visits are tourism, commerce, conferences, visiting relatives/ acquaintances, etc. However, when foreign nationals engage in paid activities in Japan, or their periods of stay exceed those stipulated in each country’s 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 will be "15 days" for Brunei, Indonesia, and Thailand, and "90 days" for other countries and regions.
67 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions (as of December 2014)
Asia Europe
Brunei (15 days) Andorra
Indonesia ([Note1]) Austria([Note8])
Malaysia ([Note2]) Belgium
Republic of Korea Bulgaria
Singapore Croatia
Thailand ([Note3])(15 days) Cyprus
Hong Kong([Note4]) Czech Republic
Macao([Note5]) Denmark
Taiwan([Note6]) Estonia
North America Finland
Canada Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
United States France
Latin America and the Caribbean Germany([Note8])
Argentina Greece
Bahamas Hungary
Barbados([Note7]) Iceland
Chile Ireland ([Note8])
Costa Rica Italy
Dominican Republic Latvia
El Salvador Liechtenstein([Note8])
Guatemala Lithuania
Honduras Luxembourg
Mexico([Note8]) Malta
Surinam Monaco
Uruguay Netherlands
Oceania Norway
Australia Poland
New Zealand Portugal
Middle East Romania
Israel San Marino
Turkey([Note7]) Serbia
Africa Slovakia
Lesotho([Note7]) Slovenia
Mauritius Spain
Tunisia Sweden
  Switzerland([Note8])
  United Kingdom([Note8])
  • ([Note1]) For nationals of Indonesia (since December 1, 2014), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan in Indonesia (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • ([Note2]) 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.
  • ([Note3]) 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.
  • ([Note4]) 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.
  • ([Note5]) 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.
  • ([Note6]) For citizens of Taiwan, visas are not required only for holders of Taiwan passport which includes a personal identification number.
  • ([Note7]) 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.
  • ([Note8]) 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.
  • ([Note9]) 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.

  • (picture)Machine-Readable Passport

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.

  • (picture)ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards