Japan relaxes visa requirements for Indian and Ukrainian nationals

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan has announced a relaxation of the visa requirements for nationals of India and the Ukraine. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2018. Japan
The following changes will apply to the visa application and approval process:
Nationals of India
  • Applicants can apply for a multiple entry tourist visa with their passport and evidence of financial means only. Certification of an affiliation to a business or invitation to visit is also required for business visitors. Confirmation of employment and the reasons for requiring a multiple entry visa will no longer be required
  • Applicants who have traveled to Japan twice, or more, 12 months before an application is submitted will be issued a multiple entry visa valid for five years. A period of stay for 90 days will be granted on each visit. Applicants will only be required to submit a valid passport and application form
Nationals of the Ukraine
  • The validity of multiple entry visas will be extended from three to five years
  • The scope of eligible applicants for multiple entry visas will be expanded to include business and cultural/intellectual purposes 
  • New multiple entry visas for tourism and other purposes will be introduced. These will allow a period of stay of up to 30 days and be valid for three years 
  • Self-financing visitors will no longer be required to submit a letter of reference from a guarantor
Indian and Ukrainian nationals who are planning to travel to Japan in 2018 should review the visa requirements one to two months in advance, to get a better understanding of their options and the revised document requirements. Additional time should be taken around holiday closures in December.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.