Japan has revolutionized its entry procedures for international visitors, making it more accessible than ever with the introduction of the e-visa system in 2023. Specifically designed for tourism purposes, this electronic permit simplifies the entire entry process for nationalities requiring a visa to enter Japan. While UAE nationals have been exempted from entry permits since November 2022, other Emirates residents can conveniently apply for Japan’s e-visa online.
Understanding the Japan E-Visa
The Japan e-visa is a recent initiative by the Japanese government to facilitate seamless travel for tourism. This online system enables international visitors to complete their applications and submit necessary documents electronically, streamlining the entire process from application and payment to visa issuance.
As of 2023, Japan has provided a list of countries whose residents are eligible to apply for the e-visa for tourism purposes. The nations included in this list are Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
Visa Duration and Validity
The Japan short-term e-visa grants foreigners entry into the country for 90 days. This single-entry visa remains valid for three months from the date of issuance.
Visa Processing Time & Fees
For those planning to apply for the e-visa, it’s essential to note that the processing time is approximately four weeks. This duration includes the examination of the application, and applicants may be asked to provide additional documents during this period. The cost of a single-entry e-visa varies for different nationalities. Most nationalities are charged Dh80, while Indians benefit from a reduced fee of Dh20. Some nationalities are exempt from the visa fee, and this information can be verified on the official Japanese embassy website.
While specific document requirements may vary based on nationality, there are general documents that applicants need to gather. These include a valid passport, recent photograph, Emirates ID, itinerary with flight details, personal bank statement from a UAE bank for the last three months, certificate of employment, stay and hotel information, and a document proving legal residency.
Step-by-Step Application Process For Japan’s e-Visa
- Check the required documents on the Japan e-visa website.
- Start with creating a username and password to sign in
- The application form has to be filled with personal and travel details.
- Submit your application, and the status will show ‘Temporarily received’.
- Await examination, and additional documents may be requested.
- Pay the visa fee (if applicable) and receive a confirmation.
- Download the Japan e-visa app to access and display your visa to immigration officers or other officials.
Embark on the journey of applying for your Japan e-visa, ensuring a hassle-free and efficient
process for your upcoming adventure in this vibrant and culturally rich country.
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