Visa-free entry to Japan for Emiratis from November 1

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Emadeddin Khalil, Staff reporter

Shehab Ahmed Al Fahim, the UAE Ambassador to Japan, announced that UAE citizens holding normal passports will be able to enter Japan without a prior visa from November 1. The duration of each visit is 30 days, he added.

The UAE Ambassador stressed the need for Emirati citizens to meet Japan’s entry requirements, which include a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, or a vaccination certificate with 3 doses of vaccines approved by Japan. .

Five vaccines are approved to enter Japan: PfizerK, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and BioNTech.

In September, Japan announced that UAE citizens holding normal passports would be exempt from visa requirements to enter Japan.

This was revealed on the sidelines of the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement document between the UAE and Japan.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and Special Envoy of the United Arab Emirates to Japan, and Hayashi Yoshimasa, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Al Jaber underlined the deep-rooted and distinguished friendship and cooperation between the two countries, which are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. He also said that Japan’s exemption of UAE citizens from the visa requirement is the result of UAE diplomatic efforts, led by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation.

He further noted that this step will promote cooperation and travel, which will strengthen the increase in tourism, cultural and academic visitation exchanges, and improve the prospects for cooperation to establish new businesses and start new investments.

Al Jaber affirmed that the UAE and Japan share strong and advanced strategic ties, which are underpinned by their leadership, in service of both nations’ aspirations for greater development and prosperity. The UAE-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement aims to strengthen relations between the two countries to advance their common interests, encouraging new diplomatic, economic, political, trade and investment collaborations.

Key areas of the partnership focus on strengthening diplomacy, international development and humanitarian relief efforts. He is also keen to increase cooperation in business, trade, energy and industry by improving the business environment to foster trade and investment in technology, infrastructure, artificial intelligence, health and SMEs, as well as other high priority sectors, such as agriculture, environmental conservation, climate change solutions, education, science and technology, defense and security.

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