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Visa Requirements for Japanese Citizens

Visa requirements for Japanese nationals are the rules and conditions that all Japanese travelers must meet when traveling abroad. Fortunately, Japanese citizens can own and enjoy the most powerful passport for international travel anywhere in the world.
Visa-free access to 112 countries, e-visa option when visiting 35 countries, visa on arrival for 41 countries, and only 25 countries require an embassy-issued visa for his Japanese passport.
Holders can travel the world almost stress-free trip. All short-term visa types, namely e-visa, visa on arrival and visa-free entry, allow Japanese nationals to stay abroad for varying periods of time.
However, as a general rule, the period of stay is limited to 90 days. The exact length of your stay will depend on your chosen destination and the type of visa you choose. In terms of purposes, the above short-term visas are available for leisure, business, and transit purposes.
Visas issued by embassies can be used for short-term and long-term stays abroad, depending on the type of embassy visa you apply for.
These types of visas can also be used to work, study, or follow a loved one abroad.
Here you can find details about the main types of visas available to Japanese people traveling abroad.

Electronic visa

An e-visa is a document that allows people to enter a country for business, tourism, or other activities.
These visas are issued electronically by the embassy of the country in question.
Therefore, it is available completely online.

List of countries offering eVisas for Japanese citizens

  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • USA
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
In 35 countries, Japanese citizens can apply for a visa online without visiting an embassy. Travelers only need to complete her three online application steps, including filling out the application form, paying the issuance fee and confirming the email for approved documents.
An e-visa is typically processed within 72 hours after submitting a form online and, once approved, allows the holder to stay abroad for 30, 60, or 90 days. Japanese citizens can use the electronic visa system for all leisure, business, and transit travel, including: Examples: a relaxing holiday, a safari trip, a meeting with family or friends, a business trip abroad, a meeting, attending a trade fair or conference, a seminar, or simply a stopover on arrival at another destination abroad.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a pre-arranged way to enter a country that does not require a visa.
Once you arrive in your host country, you can obtain such a visa at some borders, airports, and ports.
However, this type of visa often requires waiting in long lines upon arrival and the stress that comes with traveling unprepared.

List of countries offering a Visa on Arrival for Japanese citizens

  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
41 countries offer Japanese nationals a “visa on arrival” option that can be used to visit their territory.
This means that Japanese nationals do not need to process their travel authorization documents before their planned trip, but only after arriving at their chosen destination.
Now, to obtain a visa on arrival, travelers need to take a few steps.
An initial survey must be completed before departure.
The purpose is to check whether you have the necessary documents for preparation.
In some countries, foreign travelers may be required to prove the purpose of their visit with several documents, such as a hotel reservation, a round-trip ticket, and proof of sufficient funds for the trip. If documentation is required, Japanese passport holders should prepare it before departure. The next step after arrival is to go to the nearest border crossing and fill out a visa-on-arrival application. The application form must be carefully filled out with appropriate and accurate information and later submitted to border officials. Next steps may include paying your visa fee, which will often need to be paid in cash or local currency. Finally, Japanese citizens must wait for a travel authorization document to be issued before entering the country they wish to visit. Approved visas on arrival are ideal for short-term travel related to leisure, business or transit, such as holidays, visiting family, attending a conference, attending a trade fair or just a stopover in one of the VoA countries.

Embassy visa

An embassy visa is a document that allows an individual to enter the country in which it was issued.
Embassy visas are traditional paper travel authorization documents that often require travelers to go through a complex and time-consuming application process.

List of countries that require Japanese citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen
Only 25 countries still require Japanese nationals to present a valid embassy-issued visa upon arrival. For this reason, Japanese passport holders must prepare and process their visa several weeks before departure to the above countries. The actual application process for an embassy visa may vary depending on the type of embassy visa you choose, especially in terms of required documents. However, visas generally issued by embassies require travelers to collect a series of supporting documents confirming their plans to travel abroad, fill out an application form, and submit the complete documentation to the embassy or consulate of the country they are visiting.
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Additional steps may be required, such as:
Payment of Visa Interview or Visa Issuance Fees. However, this depends on the type of embassy visa you choose.
As for processing time, it can take several weeks. For this reason, your embassy visa application must be submitted well in advance of your scheduled departure date.

Visa-free countries

Currently, 112 countries allow Japanese nationals to enter the country without a visa.
No visa is required for your stay, so visiting these destinations is as hassle-free as possible.

List of visa-free countries for Azerbaijani citizens

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Oman
  • Tajikistan
  • Brest and Grodno
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Faroe Islands
  • Åland
  • Büsingen am Hochrhein and Heligoland
  • Livigno and Campione d’Italia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Svalbard
  • Kosovo
  • Azores and Madeira
  • Samnaun
  • South Ossetia
  • Transnistria
  • Mayotte
  • Réunion
  • Canary Islands,
  • Ceuta
  • Melilla
Although no visa formalities are required and the process of visiting a destination without a visa is very simple, you may need to collect some documents before your planned trip.
This may include proof of a hotel reservation for your stay, a valid passport/ID card, proof of sufficient funds for your trip, or a copy of your round-trip ticket.
Visa-free travel is for short-term stays abroad for leisure, business, or transit purposes. This means that Japanese people can easily explore the above destinations, whether for a stay of up to three months or a one-day transit trip.
Visa-free travel means you can easily visit these countries, even if you are staying abroad for business purposes.

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