So, you're thinking about paying a visit to the land of the rising sun? You might have already planned your trip, sought out the places you want to visit, the food you want to eat. Or you might have not, in that case check out my bundle with advice. But then you suddenly remember; I might need a visa!! Well, here you can find some information on how to check which visa you need for your next trip.
First of all, while I can list some general requirements for getting a tourist visa here, it is important to remember that the rules might be different for different countries. Therefore it is important to check the most up-to-date information on the website of the embassy in your country.
In general you'll have to comply with the following conditions
- You need a valid passport (with an expiry date more than 6 months away)
- You need two blank pages in your passport for the visa
- You have to have a confirmation of an outbound ticket within the scope of your granted time in Japan
- You have to know your accommodation address
- You're not allowed to engage in paid activities
- Short-term studies at Japanese language schools are allowed
Depending on the country you have to provide a lot more information, but these are the basic requirements (which are enough for Dutch citizens).
Do you need a visa in advance?
68 countries don't need to apply for a visa, but can get one on arrival. Check here if your country is on this list. On this list are currently 9 Asian countries, Canada, USA, 12 countries from Latin America & the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey, UAE, Lesotho, Mauritius, Tunisia and almost all European countries.
For Brunei, Indonesia and the UAE, a 15-day visa is granted upon arrival, while for the other countries a 90-day visa is handed out. There are some notes for certain countries, so make sure to check the government's website.
If you're from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland or the UK, you can apply for a visa extension of another 90 days at an immigration bureau in Japan.
Another exception for these countries is that if you have more than 30 million Japanese yen in savings, you can apply for a 1-year visa for sightseeing and recreation. Read more about it here.
Other countries do need to arrange a visa in advance. Since this can be different for each country, check the most recent and up-to-date information on the government's website.
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