Japan has taken measures on the Visa Exemption Arrangements for Diplomatic and Official passport holders with 55 countries as shown in the chart below on reciprocal basis. However, in the following countries, visa exemption measures, explained in this article, have been suspended until further notice, except for shaded countries (Note 4), as a border measures against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
55 Countries entitled for Diplomatic and Official Visa Exemption
(Note 1) Japan and Indonesia have the diplomatic and official visa exemption arrangements for diplomatic or official passport holders since July 20, 2016. On reciprocal basis, visa is exempted for 30 days. Those who intend to stay for a period exceeding 30 consecutive days will be required to obtain a visa.
(Note 2) Japan and Georgia have the diplomatic visa exemption arrangements for diplomatic passport holders since June 1, 2015. On reciprocal basis, visa is exempted for 90 days. Those who intend to stay for a period exceeding 90 consecutive days will be required to obtain a visa.
(Note 3) Japan and Mongolia have the diplomatic visa exemption arrangements for diplomatic Passport holders since November 15, 2016. On reciprocal basis, visa is exempted for 30 days for Mongolian diplomatic passport holders who intend to stay as “Temporary Visitor”.
Those who intend to stay for a period exceeding 30 consecutive days will be required to obtain a visa.
In addition to these countries above, diplomatic and official passport holders of the nationalities below (to whom visa exemption applies when using an ordinary passport) are also, on reciprocal basis, exempted from visa as temporary visitor. In this case, they will be granted the status of residence as "Temporary Visitor" at the landing inspection in Japan (not the status of residence as "Diplomat" or "Official"), and in principal, they are obliged to provide their personal identification information such as fingerprints and facial photo. The period of stay allowed will be "14 days" for Brunei, and "90 days" for other countries.
Brunei (14 days)
Serbia (Note 9)
The United States of America (Note 5, except for those who visit Japan for official purpose)
Latin America and the Caribbean
Bahamas (Note 6)
Mexico (Note 7)
Middle East Africa
Iran (Note 8)
Lesotho (Note 6)
(Note 4) Canada, United State of America, Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Turkey, Morocco, Mauritius.
(Note 5) For nationals of the United States of America who visit Japan for sightseeing or private purposes (not for official purpose) up to 90 days, visas are not required. However, for those who visit Japan for official purpose, visas will not be exempted even though the period of stay is within 90 days.
(Note 6) For nationals of Barbados and Lesotho, visas are not required only for holders of a Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) or an e-Passport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP or an e-Passport are advised to obtain a visa in advance as such travelers may be subject to strict examination and may be refused entry to Japan.
(Note 7) Nationals of Mexico are normally granted visa exemptions with a period of stay allowed up to 6 months under the reciprocal visa exemption arrangements. Nevertheless, if a Mexican national wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days, they 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.
(Note 8) Japan and Iran have the visa exemption arrangements for diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders, but the visa arrangement for ordinary passport holders has been suspended temporarily since April 15, 1992. Hence only diplomatic and official passport holders of Iran are exempted from visa requirements as temporary visitor for 90 days.
(Note 9) For nationals of Serbia, visas are not required only for holders of ICAO-compliant ePassports.