The Japanese government has announced that it will allow U.S. and Canadian nationals to apply online for short-term stay visas.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 18, U.S. and Canadian nationals can apply online for short-term stay visas to enter Japan for up to 90 days for unpaid business activities, tourism or to visit relatives.
  • Eligible individuals can submit applications through Japan’s eVISA website.
  • U.S. and Canadian applicants will be required to log into the Japan eVISA website and show authorities the “Visa issuance notice” at the airport. Authorities will not accept a screenshot of the notice or a PDF.
  • More information regarding the online short-stay visa application is available here.

Additional Information: U.S. and Canadian nationals traveling for tourism cannot travel throughout the country freely. They will only be able to enter the country for tourism if they have booked a guided tour through a designated travel agency.

BAL Analysis: U.S. and Canadian nationals will face reduced barriers when applying for short-term stay visa in Japan. Travelers are reminded that Japan continues to enforce COVID-19 entry requirements and should plan travel in advance to avoid delays or complications when entering the country. Information on Japan’s current COVID-19 entry requirements is available here.

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