Visa Exemptions for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders
November 27, 2023
Japan has taken measures on the Visa Exemption Arrangements for Diplomatic and Official passport holders as shown in the chart below on reciprocal basis.
|Asia||Bangladesh (diplomatic passport holders only)||Mongolia (diplomatic passport holders only) (Note 2)|
|Cambodia||Myanmar (diplomatic passport holders only)|
|India (diplomatic passport holders only)||Republic of Korea|
|Indonesia (30days) (Note 1)||Thailand|
|Oceania||Marshall||Papua New Guinea|
|Europe||Albania (diplomatic passport holders only)||Luxemburg|
|Azerbaijan (diplomatic passport holders only)||Montenegro|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Poland|
|Georgia (diplomatic passport holders only) (90days) (Note 3)||Spain|
|Hungary||Ukraine (diplomatic passport holders only)|
|Italy||Uzbekistan (diplomatic passport holders only)|
|Kazakhstan||Vatican(diplomatic passport holders only)|
|Latin America and Caribbean||Bolivia||Panama|
|Ecuador (diplomatic passport holders only)|
|Middle East and Africa||Bahrain||Qatar|
|Oman||United Arab Emirates|
- (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 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”.
- (Note 3) 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.
|Asia||Brunei (14 days)||Singapore|
|France||Serbia (Note 4)|
|North America||Canada||The United States of America (Note 5, except for those who visit Japan for official purpose)|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||Argentina||El Salvador|
|Barbados (Note 6)||Honduras|
|Chile||Mexico (Note 7)|
|Middle East and Africa||Iran (Note 8)||Mauritius|
|Lesotho (Note 6)|
- (Note 4) For nationals of Serbia, visas are not required only for holders of ICAO-compliant ePassports. Those who do not hold such ePassport are requested to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be refused to enter Japan.
- (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) in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP 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.