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April 8, 2024
Japan has taken measures on the Visa Exemption Arrangements for the United Nations laissez-passer holders coming to Japan for official purpose of the United Nations with his/her national passport (either diplomatic, official or ordinary) which verifies that he/she is from either of the countries listed below.

 

Visa Exemption Arrangement for United Nations Laissez-Passer Holders
(as of April 2024)
Asia Bangladesh (UNLP with red cover only) Mongolia (UNLP with red cover only) (Note 2)
Cambodia Myanmar (UNLP with red cover only)
India (UNLP with red cover only) Republic of Korea
Indonesia (30days) (Note 1) Thailand
Laos Viet Nam
Maldives  
Oceania Marshall Papua New Guinea
Nauru Samoa
Palau Solomon Islands
Europe Albania (UNLP with red cover only) Liechtenstein
Austria Luxemburg
Azerbaijan (UNLP with red cover only) Moldova
Belgium Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovina Netherlands
Bulgaria Poland
Czech Republic Romania
Georgia (UNLP with red cover only) (90days) (Note 3) Slovakia
Germany Spain
Greece Switzerland
Hungary Turkmenistan
Ireland Ukraine (UNLP with red cover only)
Italy United Kingdom
Kazakhstan Uzbekistan (UNLP with red cover only)
Kosovo Vatican (UNLP with red cover only)
Latin America and Caribbean Bolivia Panama
Brazil Paraguay
Colombia Peru
Ecuador (UNLP with red cover only)  
Middle East and Africa Bahrain Qatar
Morocco Türkiye
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”.
    Those who intend to stay for a period exceeding 30 consecutive days will be required to obtain a visa.
  • (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.

In principle, a visa is required for UN lèse-passé holders from countries other than those listed above when visiting Japan for official purpose of the United Nations.

However, if you are a UN lèse-passé holder and also carrying a national passport of one of the countries listed in the following table (visa waiver for general passport holders is available. On the basis of reciprocity, diplomatic and official passport holders are also exempted from visa requirements for short-term stays.) and wish to enter Japan with the intention of engaging in activities not involving remuneration within the same period of stay as that covered by the general visa waiver measures, you may apply for landing without obtaining a visa in advance.

The scope and details of the visa waiver are in accordance with the arrangements with each country.
The period of stay allowed will be "14 days" for Nationals of Brunei, and "90 days" for those from other countries.

Asia Brunei (14 days) Singapore
Malaysia  
Oceania Australia New Zealand
Europe Andorra Malta
Croatia Monaco
Cyprus North Macedonia
Denmark Norway
Estonia Portugal
Finland San Mario
France Serbia (Note 4)
Iceland Slovenia
Latvia Sweden
Lithuania  
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
Bahamas Guatemala
Barbados (Note 6) Honduras
Chile Mexico (Note 7)
Costa Rica Surinam
Dominican Republic Uruguay
Middle East and Africa Iran (Note 8) Mauritius
Israel Tunisia
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 a MRP are advised to obtain a visa in advance, even if they are United Nations Laissez-Passer Holders, 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 Regional Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice 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.
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