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Japan launches eVisa program for Indian residents


Indian travellers planning a trip to Japan can now take advantage of the newly introduced eVisa system. Launched on April 01, 2024, the initiative aims to streamline the visa application process and enhance convenience for travellers visiting Japan for tourism purposes.

Under the new system, Indian citizens and foreign nationals residing in India can apply for a single-entry short-term visa for tourism, allowing stays of up to 90 days. The application process remains largely unchanged, with applicants required to submit their applications through designated Japan Visa Application Centers operated by VFS Global.

However, instead of receiving a traditional visa sticker affixed to their passports, successful applicants will be issued an electronic visa (eVisa) in the form of a digital document. It’s important to note that applicants must still submit their applications in person at the Visa Application Centers but will receive the eVisa electronically upon approval.

Applicants who have been granted the eVisa will need to present their “visa issuance notice” on a mobile device upon arrival at the airport in Japan. This notice must be accessible via the Internet, and alternatives such as PDFs, photos, screenshots, or printed copies will not be accepted.