Japan Embassy on Monday announced visa waiver for Emiratis who possess valid e-passports. The decision was reached during Japan-UAE foreign ministers' meeting. Effective from July 1, nationals can visit Japan with a simpler registration process.
Nationals need to fill a form and pre-register at Japanese embassies, consulates-general or consular offices in any country with their e-passport.
The registration process is free of cost, simplified and accelerated, the embassy said.
The registered passport will be returned the next working day. A certificate of registry will be attached to the registered passport.
Holders of the registered e-passport can enter Japan as many times as they want during the three-year validity period or till the expiration date of the passport.
The registration requirements are just applicant's name and contact information. No other documents are required. Registration can be done without any specific travel plans to Japan and completed by any person designated by the passport holder such as relative or driver.
As a word of caution, the embassy noted that entry into Japan will be denied unless the visitor has completed the registration of the e-passport in advance. In case a visitor granted a certificate of registry has obtained a new e-passport, new registration is required. Also, pre-registration isn't required for those who possess valid visas for short-term stay.
Those who wish to stay longer than 30 days need to obtain a normal visa, as is the procedure now.
Meanwhile, mutual visa exemption for diplomatic and official/special passport holders was also announced during the ministers' meeting.
Accordingly, UAE nationals who possess valid diplomatic or official/special passports and wish to enter Japan for diplomatic, consular or official missions, as well as the family members who belong to the household of the nationals can enter Japan without obtaining visas regardless of their durations of stay.
Also, nationals who possess valid diplomatic or official/special passports and wish to enter Japan for a short-term stay that does not exceed 90 consecutive days can enter Japan without obtaining a visa.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is on an official visit to Tokyo. On Monday, he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed cooperation and the bilateral ties in all fields, including economics, trade and investment.
Sheikh Abdullah exchanged views with Abe on regional and international issues of common concern. Sheikh Abdullah affirmed that bilateral relations between the UAE and Japan are well-established with a keenness from both sides to strengthen them in various fields for the benefit of both countries and peoples.
Abe welcomed Sheikh Abdullah's visit and stressed his country's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations, praising the position reached by the UAE at all levels.
The meeting was attended by UAE Ambassador to Japan Khaled Omran Al Amiri.
Al Khaleej newspaper on 25 Apr. 2017