In 2020, Tokyo will hold the Olympic Games for the second time. The 1964 games transformed the Japanese capital, sports fans across the world expect the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be one of the most spectacular and exciting events the world has ever seen.
It is of no surprise that millions of people are in the process of getting tickets. Thousands of fans will make the trip to Japan without tickets, hoping they will be able to get some there, while others will just want to be in Tokyo to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.
But what will sports fans need to do to be able to enter Japan? Will they need a visa or any other documentation? This guide will explain exactly what visitors will need to do before setting off for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
What do I need to travel to Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Visitors from certain countries will be able to go to Japan for the summer 2020 Olympics without any form of visa. These visa-exempt countries include the US, Canada, all EU countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
Other nationalities currently need to obtain a travel visa, which normally requires going to an embassy or consulate. However, the Japanese Government is introducing a new electronic visa which will make it much easier for most people to get a visa for Japan.
According to the Foreign Ministry, tourist visas accounted for around 60% of all visa applications.
- The new eVisa will allow travelers to apply online, without the hassle of physically going to an embassy or consulate.
Japan Immigration: Entry Requirements for Tokyo 2020
Getting the Tourist e-Visa from 2020
The only entry requirements for Japan are having a passport and a visa (unless you’re from a visa-exempt country).
- The Japan eVisa is not available yet but it will be launched in time for the Olympic Games 2020. However, things are starting to change for some foreign nationals. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that as of May 2019, that China is the first country authorized by the Japanese government to open this online service for chinese travelers.
Chinese citizens will be the first eligible nationality for the eVisa and more nationalities will be added to the list in the subsequent months.
Applying for the Japan tourist eVisa will only take a matter of minutes online and the process will be simple.
All visitors will need to do is to complete the online form by entering a range of information such as their name, address, date of birth, passport details, and travel dates. There will also be a fee payable by credit or debit card.
Applications will be quickly processed and approved eVisas will be sent to visitors electronically. Travelers will be able to enter Japan by presenting their eVisa along with their passport.
What will the requirements for the Japan Tourist Visa be in 2020?
The requirements for the Japan eVisa (the visa needed for the Japan Olympics for most people) have not been published yet. However, the basic requirements will include:
- Having a valid passport from one of the eligible countries.
- Completing the online eVisa application form fully and accurately.
- Paying the eVisa using a credit or debit card.
Tokyo 2020 volunteer requirements
Over 80,000 volunteers will the ‘face of the games’ during the Tokyo Olympics. They will play a huge role in building the special, exciting atmosphere which the games. The vast majority of the volunteers will be Japanese, it has not been announced yet whether volunteers coming from abroad will need to pay the Japan Tourist Visa fee.
Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: Everything You Need to Know
There is so much anticipation, excitement, hype, and buildup surrounding the Tokyo Olympics that it can be hard to keep on top of it. Here are some of the most important things to know for visitors to Japan.
Where in Tokyo are the 2020 Olympics?
The Tokyo Olympic venues will be in two main zones: the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone. The Heritage Zone was the site for the ‘64 Olympics and it will be rebuilt for the upcoming games. The Tokyo Bay Zone will feature newly built venues.
Fans who travel to Tokyo, Japan, for the Olympics, will not have to travel far to move between the two zones. The will overlap to form a giant infinity symbol, representing the link between past, present, and future. In total there will be 43 venues.
Tokyo Olympic village location
The Tokyo Olympic Village will be in Harumi (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) and it will be the heartbeat of the games. It will include 23 buildings which will accommodate thousands of athletes over the course of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium
The New National Stadium will be the main stadium where the track and field events take place. The stadium served as the main stadium in the ‘64 games and is being rebuilt in the same spot. It will be a 68,000 all-seater stadium.