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Traveling to Japan – Visa Requirements

This post was last updated on February 1st, 2020 at 06:03 pm

In addition to checking out if you need any vaccinations, it is important to arrange your visa for Japan. Fortunately, this is very easy for Japan. If you come for a holiday or a tour and stay in the country for no longer than 90 days, you can (usually) enter the country without a visa. The following countries are allowed to stay for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa:


Japan Visa Country List




Visa for Japan

You don’t always need a visa for a stay in Japan. Upon arrival, which will usually be in Tokyo, you will always receive a 90-day visa, so you don’t have to pay or arrange anything. This is different for every country so make sure to check this in the list above before leaving for Japan. To stay in Japan you need the following to be in order;

  • You have a passport that is valid during the stay;
  • You have a return ticket or a ticket to the next destination;
  • You are in possession of the required documents for your next destination;
  • You are in possession of documents proving the purpose of the trip.


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Cost of a Visa for Japan

So your visa for Japan is free of charge! Please note that this is only for vacation, business, transit or a short family visit. If you have a different purpose for your trip to Japan such as work, study, sports, or as an artist, you do need a visa.


TIP – Check your local Japanese Embassy to find out if you require a special kind of visa.


Long Stay Visa for Japan

You normally do not need a visa for a trip. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, for example for an internship, study or work, then you do need a visa. Depending on what you are going to do and how long you want to stay, you can apply for different visas. You can choose from the following visa types:


  • Highly skilled visas;
  • Working visas;
  • General visas (students);
  • Specified visas;
  • Diplomatic visas;
  • Official visas;


For more information about these types of visas, you can visit the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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