Visa Exemption Arrangement for United Nations Laissez-Passer Holders
Visa exemption arrangement for UN laissez-passer holders who are also nationals of the 55 countries listed below to visit Japan on UN business traveling with their Diplomatic or Official passports of their countries of nationality have been resumed from 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022. The scope and details of the visa exemption measures will be in accordance with those with each country.
|Visa Exemption Arrangement for United Nations Laissez-Passer Holders
(as of April 2022)
|Asia||Bangladesh (UNLP with red cover only)||Mongolia (UNLP with red cover only) (Note 3)|
|Cambodia||Republic of Korea|
|India (UNLP with red cover only)||Thailand|
|Indonesia (30days) (Note 1)||Viet Nam|
|Laos||Myanmar (UNLP with red cover only)|
|Papua New Guinea||Republic of Nauru|
|Europe||Albania (UNLP with red cover only)||Liechtenstein|
|Azerbaijan (UNLP with red cover only)||Netherland|
|Georgia (UNLP with red cover only) (90days) (Note 2)||Switzerland|
|Hungary||Ukraine (UNLP with red cover only)|
|Italy||Vatican (UNLP with red cover only)|
|Montenegro||Uzbekistan (UNDP with red cover only)|
|Latin America and Caribbean||Colombia||Peru|
|Panama||Ecuador (UNLP with red cover only)|
|Qatar||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 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 the countries above, diplomatic and official passport holders of the nationals of the countries listed below (to whom visa exemption applies for ordinary passport holders) are also exempted from visa requirement and received as temporary visitor on reciprocal basis.
Pursuant to the measures above, the United Nations laissez-passer holders coming to Japan for official purpose of the United Nations with his/her national passport of either of the countries listed below are also exempted from visa requirement.
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|
|North Macedonia||Serbia (Note 8)|
|North America||Canada||The United States of America (Note 4, except for those who visit Japan for official purpose)|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||Argentina||El Salvador|
|Barbados (Note 5)||Honduras|
|Chile||Mexico (Note 6)|
|Middle East Africa||Iran (Note 7)||Mauritius|
|Lesotho (Note 5)|
- (Note 4) 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 5) 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 6) 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 7) 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 8) 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.