EU citizens now need a visa to enter Japan

European Union/European Economic Area citizens without a re-entry permit must now apply for a visa when traveling to Japan, as Japan has introduced new rules.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that EU/EEA citizens, as well as citizens of several other countries who do not hold re-entry permits, must apply for a visa in order to re-enter Japan, reports SchengenVisaInfo. com.

“Currently, all foreign nationals who are recognized as being in special exceptional circumstances and who wish to enter Japan recently must apply for a visa, except those who have a re-entry permit,” the ministry said when announcing the new rules.

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This means that anyone planning to visit Japan must now obtain a visa as the previous agreement is no longer in effect.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the period of stay granted at the time of landing permission would be 90 days for EU/EEA citizens.

In addition, the ministry stressed that those who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days must apply for an extension of the period of stay. The application must be filed with the Ministry of Justice before the period of authorized stay expires.

“For nationals of countries with visa waivers allowing stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa waiver agreements, those wishing to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of the period of stay at the Ministry of Justice (regional immigration office) before the expiration of the authorized period of stay”, the ministry statement said.

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

Even though Japan has reopened its borders, the country’s tourism agency noted that some rules continue to apply to incoming travellers. The government has said travelers must wear a face covering at all times. Additionally, it was noted that everyone must purchase private medical insurance that covers expenses related to the coronavirus infection.

Apart from easing entry restrictions, Japan has also increased the daily limit of travelers allowed entry. Japan previously had a limit of 10,000 foreign arrivals per day, and now it has increased it to 20,000 per day.

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