Japanese nationals can currently travel to Europe without a visa, as they are part of the EU’s Visa Waiver Policy.
Visa waiver travelers can enter the Schengen travel zone and stay for up to 90 days, within each 180-day period. The purpose of travel can be tourism, business, or transit.
To continue enjoying visa-free travel to the Schengen Area from November 2023, you will need to obtain an ETIAS for Japanese citizens. Without this mandatory travel authorization, visa waiver arrivals will no longer be permitted to enter the Schengen zone without a visa.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Japanese passport holders will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue, and it is a multiple entry permit. This means that you can use the same travel authorization to visit numerous Schengen countries within the 3 years of validity.
Note: the ETIAS visa waiver is not a visa. To travel to the Schengen Area for more than 90 consecutive days, or to work or study, you must obtain a Schengen visa.