As you may know, Japan decided to begin issuing electronic visas for tourists. This does not come as a surprise since the electronic visa system has proven to be incredibly beneficial for a state’s tourism section, and let’s not forget that the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Millions of people are expected to attend the event, and not all of them come from visa-exempt countries.
Chinese citizen will be the first nationality to enjoy access to a Japan eVisa. More nationalities will follow soon after. However, if you are wondering about the duration of the Japan e-Visa, we are afraid that we do not have much information at the moment. While the initiative was announced some time ago, the official bylaws have not been made public yet. We are still awaiting more details.
Duration of stay vs. validity
Before we get more information about the duration of the Japan e-Visa for the citizens of China, we would like to make a clear distinction between a visa’s validity and its duration, as people often confuse the two.
The visa’s validity refers to the period in which a visa can be used. For example, let’s say that you hold a visa that has a 1 year validity period from the date of issue, and it was issued on December 1st, 2019. That means you can begin using the visa up to and including November 30th, 2020. You can even use it on the last day of validity. It does not matter if you are still in the country after the visa expires, as long as you enter the country before the validity period is over.
The visa’s duration, on the other hand, refers to the period of time you are allowed to stay in the country with your visa. For example, let’s say that you hold a visa that ensures a stay of no longer than 30 days. That means you have to leave the country before those 30 days expire. You cannot exceed your stay unless the visa policy of the country you are traveling to allows it under certain circumstances.
The idea to remember is that as long as you enter the country within the validity period, you can stay in the country after the validity period expires; however, your stay cannot exceed the duration of your visa.
All in all, we don’t have much information about the Japan e-Visa’s duration for the citizens of China yet, but iVisa is working hard at preparing a fast and stress-free online application process. The Japan eVisa is said to go live by April 2020, and when that happens, we will be prepared to provide with all the help you need to successfully obtain your visa. Until then, continue to check back with us for updates. We will keep you posted as soon as more information comes to light.