On March 1, 2022, the Japanese government relaxed entry procedures for non-Japanese citizens who wish to enter Japan. Prior to March 1, 2022, only Japanese citizens, certain relatives of Japanese citizens, certain health care workers and foreign students were allowed to enter Japan. Furthermore, the Japanese visa exemption agreement, which allowed certain foreign nationals to enter Japan without applying for a visa, was suspended. However, with the decrease in COVID-19 infection rates, the Japanese government has decided to allow foreign students and certain business travelers to enter Japan under the following conditions:
Because of anticipated workloads at the Japanese consulate, visa applicants should expect a processing time of up to 10 business days.
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