Citizens of the UAE can enter Japan visa-free and stay for up to 30 days after they pre-register, the Japanese Embassy announced on 24 April in Abu Dhabi.
The rules, effective from 1 July, will allow Emiratis having normal e-passports to fill in a simple form and pre-register at embassies or consulates of Japan all over the world cost-free. Their passports would be registered and returned to them the following day.
The newly registered e-passport holders will then be able to visit Japan unlimited number of times over a three-year period or as soon as their passport expires. The Japanese Embassy was quoted by Gulf News as saying that the new rules were simplified and hastened a lot compared to the previous visa regime.
Nationals of the UAE can register even if they do not have specifically made travel plans to Japan.
But pre-registration would not be necessary for people already having valid visas to stay there for a short duration. On the other hand, people from the Emirates would need to obtain a normal visa if they want to stay in Japan for a period beyond 30 days.
Even Emiratis possessing valid special or diplomatic passports and intending to visit Japan for a period fewer than 90 consecutive days can enter the Land of the Rising Sun sans a visa.
Visa exemption was announced when Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, in Tokyo.
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