Japan’s visa policy determines the regulations, laws and requirements that a foreign traveler needs to meet to visit the country. This policy varies for each nationality and depends on the period of stay and the purpose of the intended visit.
Citizens of around 65 visa-exempt countries can travel to Japan for tourist or business reasons without a visa, for a period of stay between 15 and 180 days depending on nationality.
Although there are more than 65 visa-exempt countries, there are almost 180 countries and territories around the world that require a visa in order to travel to Japan.
At the moment Japanese visa law states that all visa required citizens must obtain an embassy visa in advance of travel, as it does not offer a visa on arrival option.
Applying for an embassy visa requires the traveler to select the type of visa required for the purpose of travel, whether a tourist visa, business visa, transit visa, student visa, work visa, or other visa option.
For longer periods of stay or other travel purposes than those permitted visa-free, visa-exempt nationalities for Japan must also go to a government office, to submit an embassy application.
However, an electronic visa (eVisa) for Japan is expected to be implemented in the coming months, which will allow a number of eligible foriegn citizens to submit an application online, eliminating the need to visit a consulate in person.
Below you will find a complete list of Japanese visa regulations to travel to Japan from your country of residence.