Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People from all over the globe visit Japan yearly to experience the local culture and engage with the locals to understand the Japanese way of life.
Japan is also an attractive destination for businessmen interested in taking their projects to the global level. The Japanese economy offers great potential for growth and provides a hospitable environment for businesses to mature for a global customer base.
Therefore, a number of people from all over the world visit Japan to tour the country and to engage in business endeavors. Only in 2018, Japan welcomed more than 30 million travelers from different nationalities and with diverse purposes, and it is expected the number of visitors to the island country increases even more in upcoming years.
In the case of Malaysia, over 468,000 of its citizens visited Japan in 2018, accounting for 1.5% of the overseas travelers received by the country.
What Type of Japanese Visas Can Malaysian Citizens Obtain?
For Malaysian citizens interested in traveling to Japan, a Japanese visa is currently required. The type of visa the traveler will have to apply for will depend on the purpose of the traveler’s visit as well as the duration of their stay. The visas offered by the Japanese government basically fall into two main categories: short-term and long-term visas.
Japanese short-term visas include:
- The Japanese eVisa: easiest to obtain if the person has all the necessary documentation and does not require a visit to the embassy or consulate. Primarily for people interested in traveling to Japan for short-term visits for business or tourism, this electronic visa will be available as of April 2020.
- The Japanese tourist visa allows travelers to stay in the country for up to 90 days. For this visa, travelers need a valid passport with 2 blank pages. It can be a single-entry or a double-entry visa depending on whether or not the traveler intends to make a second trip to the country within a six-month period.
- The Japanese business visa: It is also a temporary visa granted to individuals that plan to engage in business activities while in the country. It can also be either a single- or double-entry visa.
- The Japanese transit visa: This type of visa is for individuals who have a stopover in Japan while en route to a final destination.
The Japanese long-term visas are designed for individuals interested in taking up long-term residence or employment in the country. The applications for these visas need to be submitted to a local embassy or consulate, and travelers will be required to submit the appropriate documentation regarding the specific type of long-term visa being applied for.
Japanese eVisa for Malaysian Citizens
Beginning in April 2020, Malaysian citizens will be able to apply for a Japanese eVisa in order to visit the country for short-term stays. This eVisa is particularly appropriate for people intending to travel to Japan for tourism, visiting friends and family, as well as for business meetings, etc.
Travelers will have to apply for the Japanese eVisa online by filling out a simple application with their details. This will eliminate the need for them to visit a Japanese embassy as the entire process takes place online.
How to Apply for the Japanese eVisa from Malaysia?
Malaysian citizens will have to provide the following details while filling out the online Japanese eVisa application:
- Full name, including surnames and given names
- Date of birth and place of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Marital status
- Passport details
- Travel details
- Intended port of entry
- Names of persons and places that the traveler seeks to stay with or visit.
Travelers will also be required to answer some security questions regarding any criminal history they might have, any immigration-related offences they may have committed as well as any drug offences they might have. Applicants who have or have had any of the above will be required to provide more details regarding the particular offence(s) they have committed.
The key to submitting a successful Japanese eVisa application is to fill out all the required information without any errors and to ensure the accuracy of the details provided on the form. Discrepancies in the information provided can negatively affect the chances of the applicant being approved for the Japanese eVisa.
Japan Visa Requirements for Malaysian Citizens
The Japanese government has set some requirements for applicants of the Japanese eVisa including:
- Having a valid Malaysian passport that has the required validity for the applicant’s trip to the country
- Having a complete Japanese visa application
- A recent photograph of the traveler taken against a white background
- A current marriage certificate, in the case the traveler is married
- A second identifying document, other than the passport, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate
- Proof of sufficient funds for the trip, such as bank statements. Bank officials will need to stamp any printed copies of the bank statement for authenticity before submission.
In case the traveler has a Japanese national sponsoring their trip to the country, the traveler’s application will need to include:
- A letter from the sponsor/guarantor explaining the relationship between the sponsor/guarantor and the traveler
- The letter must also explain the purpose of the traveler’s visit to Japan
- Proof of the relationship between the sponsor/guarantor and the traveler
- Proof of sufficient funds for the sponsor/guarantor for the traveler’s trip to Japan
Traveling to Japan from Malaysia
Once the Japanese government rolls out the new eVisa, travelers from Malaysia will be able to apply for a Japanese visa online for short-term stays in the country. More details regarding the new Japanese eVisa will be made available on the Visas Japan website.