As you may have heard, the Japanese government decided to adopt the electronic visa system. This will be incredibly helpful because the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo, and not all people who will attend are from visa-exempt countries. Chinese citizens will be the first nationality that can apply for the Japan eVisa. iVisa is preparing to provide a smooth and simple online application process.
Now, you may be wondering about the requirements you will need to meet to obtain a Japan e-Visa. Unfortunately, we do not have many details at the moment. The Japanese government has yet to release the official bylaws. When that happens, we will be more than happy to share and explain the requirements. Until then, all we can provide are some general requirements that applicants have to meet to obtain an electronic visa.
The first requirement for a Japan e-Visa will undoubtedly be eligibility. While the Japan eVisa goes live in April 2020, not all nationalities will be eligible.
We have already established that Chinese citizens will definitely be eligible for a Japan eVisa, but what about the rest of the nationalities? We do not have a way of knowing at the moment, but when the eVisa becomes available, you can use iVisa’s Visa Checker Tool on our homepage to check your eligibility. All you have to do is choose your country of origin from the drop-down menu on the left, and then pick Japan in the menu on the right. If you are eligible, you will be redirected to the application page. If not, you will be provided with information about the nearest Japanese diplomatic missions where you can apply for a standard visa.
Once your eligibility is established, the next thing you will need is a valid passport. All electronic visas are issued based on a valid passport, and the Japan eVisa will be no different. So, if you do not have a passport, make all effort to acquire one. But if you already have a passport, make sure that it will remain valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival in Japan; this timeframe may not be completely accurate, it is simply based on the common requirement of most visa policies.
Unfortunately, eligibility and the existence of a passport is all we can offer you at the moment. Once we get more information about the Japan e-Visa for the citizens of China, and for all other nationalities, we will be more than happy to update you. In the meantime, make sure to check back with us from time to time. New details should come to light soon.