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EU Citizens Now Need a Visa to Enter Japan

EU/EEA citizens who do not have a re-entry permit now need to apply for a visa when traveling to Japan because the latter has introduced new rules.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that citizens of the EU/EEA, as well as citizens of many other countries who do not hold a re-entry permit, need to apply for a visa in order to be able to enter Japan recently, reports.

Announcing the new rules, the ministry said: “Currently, all foreign nationals recognized under special exceptional circumstances, who wish to enter Japan newly, are required to apply for a visa except for those who have a re-entry permit.”

Previously, Japan had visa waiver agreements with 68 countries and regions, including EU/EEA countries. However, the Japanese authorities have decided to suspend the agreements for the time being.

This means that all those who plan to visit Japan now need to obtain a visa because the previous agreement is no longer valid.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that the period of stay granted at the time of the landing permit will be 90 days for EU/EEA nationals.

In addition, the ministry confirmed that those who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of stay. The application must be submitted at the Ministry of Justice before the expiry of the permitted period of stay.

For nationals of those countries with visa exemptions allowing stays of up to 6 months under bilateral visa waiver arrangements, those who wish to reside in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of stay to the Ministry of Justice (Regional Immigration Office) before the expiry of the permitted period of residence,” the ministry said in a statement.

Japan reopened its borders to international travelers on June 10. Travelers from 98 countries are now allowed to visit Japan on an organized tour.

Although Japan has reopened its borders, the country’s tourism agency has indicated that some rules will still apply to incoming travelers. The government said that travelers must wear face masks at all times. In addition, it was noted that everyone needs to have private medical insurance that covers the expenses related to the coronavirus infection.

Except for easing entry restrictions, Japan has also increased the daily limit for travelers allowed to enter. Japan previously had a limit of 10,000 foreign arrivals per day, now that limit has increased to 20,000 visitors per day.

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