Japan to Start Visa Waivers for UAE Nationals


The Government of Japan announced new measures to allow UAE nationals to enter Japan without the need for a visa. The measure becomes effective from November 1, 2022 for all UAE nationals that meet the following requirements.

Eligibility for the New Visa Waiver Measure:

  • UAE Nationals in possession of valid ordinary passports of the UAE which are ICAO compliant IC Passports

Outline of the New Visa Waiver Measure

  • Purpose of visit: Short-term stay (for sightseeing, business, or visit to relatives/friends, etc.)
  • Duration of stay: 30 days

Remarks by Executive Director of JNTO Dubai office, KOBAYASHI Daisuke

We are delighted to now welcome UAE nationals visa-free to Japan, and hope many Emirati nationals take advantage of this seamless opportunity from the onset.

Following a market survey we conducted last year, 44% of Emirati nationals surveyed who have visited Japan previously, answered that activities in nature were the most satisfying element of their trip.

With this in mind I would especially like to suggest November and the beginning of December as the two best months to experience the natural beauty of Japan’s world-famous autumnal foliage. It is also at this time that some ski resorts start opening to the public prior to the peak ski season which is from January to March. From the ski fields of Niseko in Hokkaido in the north, to Hakuba in Nagano in central Japan, Japan is an ideal destination for ski beginners and experts alike, as well as for families with young children, and couples looking for adventure mixed with unique cultural experiences. This winter we are enticing Emirati travellers to come to Japan for the skiing and snowboarding, stay for the hospitality, indulge in our delicious cuisine, rejuvenate at our hot springs and experience the culture.


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