Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)
November 1, 2022
Since 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022, the visa exemption arrangements for 68 countries/regions as shown in the chart below are resumed.
|Brunei (14 days)||Andorra|
|Indonesia (Note 1)||Austria (Note 8)|
|Malaysia (Note 2)||Belgium|
|Republic of Korea||Bulgaria|
|Thailand (Note 3) (15 days)||Cyprus|
|Hong Kong (Note 4)||Czech Republic|
|Macao (Note 5)||Denmark|
|Taiwan (Note 6)||Estonia|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||Germany (Note 8)|
|Barbados (Note 7)||Iceland|
|Chile||Ireland (Note 8)|
|El Salvador||Liechtenstein (Note 8)|
|Mexico (Note 8)||Malta|
|Turkey (Note 7)||Serbia (Note 3)|
|United Arab Emirates (Note 3) (30 days)||Slovakia|
|Lesotho (Note 7)||Spain|
|Tunisia||Switzerland (Note 8)|
|United Kingdom (Note 8)|
・Period of Stay
- The period of stay granted at the time of the landing permission will be "15 days" for Indonesia, and Thailand, “14 days” for Brunei, "30 days" for United Arab Emirates and "90 days" for other countries and regions.
- (Note 1) 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.
- (Note 2) 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.
- (Note 3) For nationals of United Arab Emirates (since November 1, 2022), Thailand (since July 1, 2013) and Serbia (since May 1, 2011), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such ePassport are requested to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be refused to enter Japan.
- (Note 4) 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.
- (Note 5) 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.
- (Note 6) Visa exemption arrangements for Taiwan is limited to passport holders with a personal ID number.
- (Note 7) 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) in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
- (Note 8) 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.