Due to the security measures against the covid-19 Coronavirus taken by the Japanese authorities, there are some visa suspensions and travel restrictions that may affect you.
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Travelers heading to Japan will no longer need to queue at a Japanese embassy or consulate to apply for a visa for Japan. The new electronic tourist visa for Japan was intended to be launched in April 2020 but, due to the covid-19 pandemic, has been postponed indefinitely until the situation permits.
The first eligible nationality will be Chinese tourists as they represent the largest demographic (over 60%) of visitors to Japan. The electronic visa will be gradually rolled out to other nationalities.
The tourist visa is part of a wider government plan to boost tourism. The target is to reach 60 million by 2030. The new visa will make traveling to Japan much more accessible for millions of people around the world.
Online Visa System
A new online visa will become available hopefully soon and it will make traveling to Japan much simpler for millions of tourists around the world. The eVisa is part of the Japanese Government’s plan to reach their goal of 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030. The single-entry visa will allow visitors to enter for short-stays
Travelers from eligible countries will be able to complete the online application without needing to visit an embassy or consulate. The whole process will just take a matter of minutes. Chinese tourists will be the first eligible nationality but many more countries will be added to the list shortly after.
The new Japan tourist eVisa will reduce the workload at embassies and consulates and tighten immigration controls as all visitors will be pre-checked before they arrive. Travelers will need to provide a range of information to complete the online application and the data will be screened by the relevant authorities before the visas are issued.
Who will be eligible for the eVisas?
The government has not yet published the list of eligible nationalities for the eVisa. Chinese visitors will be the first ones who will be able to apply, then more will follow.
|List of countries that require a Visa to enter Japan|
|Anguilla||Antigua & Barbuda||Armenia||Azerbaijan|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Botswana||Brazil||Burkina Faso|
|Cayman Islands||Central African Republic||Chad||China|
|Cuba||Democratic Republic of Congo||Djibouti||Dominica|
|India||Indonesia (no e-passports)||Iran||Iraq|
|Palestine||Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay|
|Rwanda||Saint Lucia||Samoa||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Saudi Arabia||Senegal||Seychelles||Sierra Leone|
|Solomon Islands||Somalia||South Africa||South Sudan|
|Sri Lanka||St Kitts and Nevis||St Vincent & Grenadines||Sudan|
|Togo||Tonga||Trinidad & Tobago||Turkmenistan|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||United Arab Emirates||Uzbekistan||Vanuatu|
At the moment, there are 66 nationalities who can travel to Japan without a visa. These include all EU countries, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Korea, Turkey, and Thailand. It may be the case that some of the nationalities who currently enjoy visa-free travel to Japan will need to apply for the eVisa.
If so, it will not be a big problem as the online application will only take a few minutes to complete. Applicants will just need to enter basic information such as their name, address, passport details, and travel plans.