Japanese passport travel information

According to passport ranking, Japanese citizens are currently the first most privileged passport holders in the world. With a Japanese passport, they have visa-free entry to 143 countries.

Japanese citizens seem to take advantage of this great opportunity and travel visa-free worldwide. Still, before you start packing your bags, you should know a few things about traveling as a Japanese national.

First and foremost, as a Japanese passport holder, you must have a valid passport with you at all time.

Secondly, you should get familiar with the Japan passport visa-free countries list to choose the best location for a journey and, last but not least, what is required to obtain a Japanese passport.

Visa-free travel is a great way for the Japanese to explore new countries

Traveling is one of the best ways to explore new places and meet new people but what makes it more stressful is the process of applying for a visa. Application for a travel authorization may be both time-consuming and expensive.

Fortunately, several countries offer visa-free travel for holders of only a passport. It means that you can enter the country without the necessity to apply for a visa.

As well as being more convenient, visa-free travel can be a great way to reduce stress and save money. So if you're looking to explore new places without spending a fortune, consider taking advantage of visa-free travel opportunities.

Applying for a Japanese passport 

High passport ranking and many visa-free destinations make a Japanese passport an attractive option for making traveling easier.

If you want to join the Japanese passport holders, you must first become a citizen of this country. The process of naturalization is long and demanding.

Remember that Japanese citizens are not allowed to have dual citizenship, so you will have to renounce your previous citizenship first. 

You may apply for a passport when you finally become a Japanese national. The application includes a few stages:

  1. Choosing the type of passport you want (there are different passport types depending on the purpose).
  2. Collecting the necessary documents (a resident card, ID card, passport photo, etc.)
  3. Filling in the application form.
  4. Waiting about ten days for a passport.

What are the benefits of traveling to visa-free countries?

Traveling can be an incredible experience, exposing Japanese passport holders to new cultures and interesting people with their interesting customs. If you're lucky enough to travel to a visa-free country, it can also be a stress-less experience.

With a passport, you can travel without worrying about filling out many paper forms. For some destinations with no visa-free politics, you may take advantage of applying for an electronic visa or on-arrival visa.

In all cases, you save money for unlimited visits to embassies or consuls and visa fees. Thanks to it, you can stretch your travel budget further and enjoy your trip even more.

So whether you're looking for an uncomplicated travel experience, consider traveling to a visa-free country for your next vacation.

143 countries where Japanese passport holders can travel visa-free

Visa-free countries with a Japanese passport:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Oman
  • Tajikistan
  • Brest and Grodno
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Faroe Islands
  • Åland
  • Büsingen am Hochrhein and Heligoland
  • Livigno and Campione d'Italia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Svalbard
  • Kosovo
  • Azores and Madeira
  • Samnaun
  • South Ossetia
  • Transnistria
  • Mayotte
  • Réunion
  • Canary Islands,
  • Ceuta
  • Melilla

Also, there are countries where Japanese passport holders can travel with an on-arrival visa or an online visa. 

Visa on arrival countries

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Samoa
  • Lebanon
  • Maldives
  • Palau
  • Tonga
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Artsakh
  • Somaliland
  • San Andrés and Leticia
  • Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Kish Island
  • Sabah and  Sarawak
  • Palestine
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Montserrat
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Aruba,  Curaçao and  Sint Maarten
  • Bonaire,  Sint Eustatius and  Saba
  • French Guiana & Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • French West Indies
  • Greenland
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Margarita Island
  • Cook Islands
  • Niue
  • Christmas Islands
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Caledonia
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Falkland Islands

Electronic visa countries

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Sudan
  • Angola
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Russia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Republic of Crimea
  • Ascension Island
  • American Samoa
  • Norfolk Island
  • Oman
  • Tajikistan


How to make sure that your destination is a visa-free country?

If you intend to travel abroad, it's essential to make sure that your country's destination is visa-free. You may need a visa to be let into the country depending on your nationality and travel purpose.

The best way to find out if you need a travel permit is to check online with the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting.

Sometimes, you can apply for an online visa, which is a very comfortable and entirely online alternative to a traditional visa. In the case of a paper visa, make sure you reserve enough time for the application process.

What to do if your destination is not a visa-free country?

When it turns out that your travel destination doesn't have a visa-free entry, you should pay more attention to the preparation process. You will need more time because applying for a visa takes a while.

The most convenient visa type for travelers is an eVisa, which may be obtained online. For a paper visa, you must go to an embassy of the chosen country but first, check a list of the eVisa-eligible countries.

Tips for traveling to non-visa-free countries

As a visa application requires time, please ensure you have enough of it to deal with all the paperwork. Before applying, check the validity of your passport or apply for it when needed.

When arriving in your destination country, have all the necessary documents with you and be ready for border control. Keep them safe for the entire stay.

Is it important to research the different visa requirements of each country before traveling?

Every destination has its entry requirements. It is crucial to check them before arriving in the country to enter it without any complications. At worst, we may not be allowed into a country or deported.

Governments of different countries give foreign travelers the possibility of visa-free traveling. It is a significant simplification, but each time before gathering necessary documents for our travel, we should check carefully what entry rules are applied in the place we head to.

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