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Do I need a VISA?


As a Dutch passport holder it is possible to enter Japan for a maximum period of 90 days without first obtaining a visa, for the following purposes:

  • Sightseeing
  • Amateur sports
  • Convalescence
  • Visits to relatives, friends, or acquaintances
  • Amateur participation in athletic meetings or other contests
  • Business trips (such as market surveys, business liaison, business talks, signing contracts, and after-sale service for machinery imported into Japan)
  • Friendship visits or other similar activities. (However, this category excludes profit-making operations and paid activities.)


Please note that the above information does not apply to holders of the Travel document of the Netherlands (REISDOCUMENT). Holders of the Travel documents of the Netherlands (REISDOCUMENT) must obtain a visa prior to travel.


Apart from Dutch passport holders, also some other nationalities are not required to obtain a visa for a short-term stay (a stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include paid activities). Please refer to the ‘List of Countries and Regions That Have Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan’ for more information.


Please note that your passport shall be valid at least for the period of your stay in Japan to enter/leave Japan


When undergoing landing examination during passport control in Japan, please be advised to carry the following documents:

a valid passport (valid at least for the period of your stay in Japan)
• a fixed-date, confirmed return ticket (E-tickets are also accepted) or onward journey ticket
• relevant documentation concerning your itinerary (i.e. hotel reservations, conference details…) and proof of sufficient funds


Permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the Japanese immigration authority and there is no guarantee of landing permission being granted, even for visa exempt nationals.


If you are still unsure about whether you do or do not need to have a visa, do not hesitate and contact the Consular Service. (Opening Hours, Holidays and contact details)



I need a VISA. How should I proceed?

Prior to the application
• Necessary documents

* For short term stay
(A stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include paid activities.)
* For other purposes
(A long-term stay for study, work, etc.)



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