UAE nationals to get visa-free entry into Japan

Gov’t wants UAE passport to be in the world’s five most powerful passports
UAE nationals to get visa-free entry into Japan
By Staff writer
Tue 20 Jun 2017 09:07 AM

The UAE and Japan on Sunday signed two agreements on easing travel for its citizens to Japan.

The first memorandum of understanding (MoU) exempts UAE citizens with diplomatic and special passports, on official mission in Japan, from obtaining a pre-entry visa, state news agency WAM said quoted Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, assistant under-secretary for consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as saying.

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.

The official said that the second MoU eases the entry procedures for UAE citizens carrying regular passports to Japan 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 which is placed on the passport. It will have a validity period of three years or for the remaining period of their passport’s validity, which is free of charge.

The sticker allows the UAE citizens to remain in Japan for a maximum of 30 days, Al Dhaheri said.

He said the ministry is taking all efforts to make the UAE's passport among the powerful five passports in the world to match the country's international stature.

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