JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Five Central Asian Countries
On 1 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will take effect on 5 June 2017.
What are the key changes?
- The scope of applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay with business purposes will be expanded.
- The validity period of short-stay visas will be extended from three years to five years maximum.
- The letter of reference from a guarantor will not be required for short-term visa applicants if they are self-financing their travels to Japan.
- Nationals of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who intend to visit Japan on business, and their employers, should consult an immigration specialist for the latest advice on visa compliance.