UAE citizens can now travel to Japan without a pre-entry visa

UAE citizens can now travel to Japan without a pre-entry visa
Published: 19 June 2017 - 4 a.m.
By: Arabian Industry staff

UAE and Japan have signed two MoUs on easing travel for the UAE citizens to Japan without a pre-entry visa requirement.

This was announced by Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The deals were signed during H H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visit to Tokyo in April.

The first MoU exempts UAE citizens with diplomatic and special passports from obtaining a pre-entry visa to enter the country, without specifying a time period for their stay.

"The same passport holders who wish to travel to Japan for tourism and business purposes can also enter without a pre-entry visa, and stay for a maximum period of 90 days from their date of entry," Dhaheri said.

The second MoU eases entry procedures for UAE citizens holding regular passports for tourism, business and official reasons.

'They are required to present their passports to the Japanese Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the General Consulate of Japan in Dubai, or any diplomatic or representative office of Japan in any other country, to register their date of entry into Japan through an electronic sticker that is placed on the passport, with a validity period of three years or for the remaining period of their passport’s validity, which is free of charge. This sticker allows the UAE citizens to remain in Japan for a maximum of 30 days,' a WAM report stated.

Dhaheri stated that the new policy is "part of a strong and exceptional 45-year bilateral relation between the UAE and Japan" and it will strengthen ties in several sectors, such as tourism and investment.

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