1 – Citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom can apply to the Ministry of Justice for an extension of up to six months. 2 – For the United Kingdom, only British citizens and British nationals (Overseas) are allowed to enter without a visa. 3 – For nationals of Barbados (since 1 April 2010), Turkey (since 1 April 2011) and Lesotho (since 1 April 2010), visas are not only required for holders of a machine-readable passport (MRP) or ePassport in accordance with ICAO standards. Those who do not have a MRP or ePassport are encouraged to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise it will be strictly controlled and entry to Japan may be refused. 4 – For nationals of Malaysia (since 1 July 2013), Thailand (since 1 July 2013) and Serbia (since 1 May 2011), visas are not only required for ePassport holders in accordance with ICAO standards. Those who are not in possession of such an ePassport are recommended to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be severely reviewed and entry to Japan may be refused. 5 – For Taiwanese passport holders who contain a personal identification number. 6 – For Hong Kong citizens, visas are not only required for holders of a Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People`s Republic of China, or for British Overseas National Passports (BNO) with the right to stay in Hong Kong. 7 – For citizens of Macau, visas are not only required for SAR passport holders issued by Macao SAR of the People`s Republic of China.
Passport holders issued by the following countries and holders of an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), which contains the JPN code on the back indicating that it is valid for travel to Japan, may travel without a visa for business travel of up to 90 days.  In addition, the Japanese MOFA has adopted specific visa guidelines for Nationals of China and the Philippines. Nationals of these countries must also apply through an accredited travel agency or be invited by a Japanese national or resident company.   These documents contain templates of documents relating to registration, visas, taxes, personnel and work matters that are required when a foreign company establishes a company or other entity in Japan, as well as descriptive examples of these documents. Some of the English content has been updated by a preliminary translation. These documents are not made public by the relevant authorities and are therefore not official. For those who follow official procedures, please download the latest official documents from the relevant authorities and related authorities or consult a person specialized in advice on this information and procedures. Japan has taken action on visa waiver agreements with 68 countries and regions, as shown in the table below. However, visa waivers have currently been suspended in the following countries/regions, with the exception of shady countries or regions (note 9), as measures to control the new coronavirus (COVID-19).