VISA

June 7, 2021

Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 68 countries and regions as the chart below. But the arrangements have been suspended for the time being, except for shaded countries/regions (Note 9), as a border control measures against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Foreign nationals (including those who are originally from visa exemption countries/regions) who have stayed in any of countries/regions subject to denial of permission to enter Japan within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan in pursuant to the Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, unless special exceptional circumstances are found.

Currently, all foreign nationals who are recognized to be in special exceptional circumstances, and wish to newly enter Japan, need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit.

68 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions
Asia Europe
Brunei (14 days) Andorra
Indonesia (Note 1) Austria (Note 6)
Malaysia (Note 2) Belgium
Republic of Korea Bulgaria
Singapore Croatia
Thailand (Note 2) (15 days) Cyprus
Hong Kong (Note 3) Czech Republic
Macao (Note 4) Denmark
Taiwan Estonia
North America Finland
Canada North Macedonia
United States France
Latin America and the Caribbean Germany (Note 6)
Argentina Greece
Bahamas Hungary
Barbados(Note 5) Iceland
Chile Ireland (Note 6)
Costa Rica Italy
Dominican Republic Latvia
El Salvador Liechtenstein (Note 6)
Guatemala Lithuania
Honduras Luxembourg
Mexico (Note 6) Malta
Surinam Monaco
Uruguay Netherlands
Oceania Norway
Australia Poland
New Zealand Portugal
Middle East Romania
Israel San Marino
Turkey(Note 5) Serbia (Note 2)
United Arab Emirates (Note 7) Slovakia
Africa Slovenia
Lesotho(Note 5) Spain
Mauritius Sweden
Tunisia Switzerland (Note 6)
  United Kingdom (Note 6)
・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), 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 advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (Note 3) 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 4) 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 5) 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) or ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP or ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (Note 6) 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.
  • (Note 7) For nationals of the United Arab Emirates (since July 1, 2017), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • (Note 8) Nationals of Peru (since July 15, 1995) and Colombia (since February 1, 2004), are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (Note 9) Canada, United States of America, North Macedonia, Serbia, Chile, Turkey, Mauritius.

Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in compliance with ICAO standards

(image 1) The identification data page with machine-readable passport data such as personal information

MRP in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has certain individual information, which is able to be read by computer, entered on the identity page of the passport.

ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards

(image 2) The passport that show the ICAO standard IC passport mark is printed on the cover page.

ePassport in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has IC chip that stores certain individual and biometric data including a digital image of the passport photograph. ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards has ePassport’s symbol on the front cover of the passport.


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