Japan is a popular travel destination and has been for a number of years. Millions of visitors flock to the country every year from all over the world. In 2018, for instance, Japan was the host nation for over 30 million international travelers. Its vibrant culture, people, customs and cuisine make it an attractive destination for people to visit.
Aside from being a great travel destination, Japan also is a great country for businessmen as it boasts a mature economy with a global consumer base. It attracts international business professionals due to its economy’s growth potential as well as the opportunity to introduce their ventures to other major markets around the world.
This is why it should not come as a surprise that more than 437,000 Singaporean citizens visited Japan in 2018, representing 1.4% of the total overseas travelers welcomed by the country.
There are myriads of reasons for why people choose to travel to Japan. The Japanese authorities have decided to adjust their visa application and authorization system to suit an international travel standard in order to make the process easier for the average traveler. The new Japanese eVisa promises to achieve just that. It will be available as an option to certain travelers beginning in April of 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Japan from Singapore?
Singaporean citizens will be eligible to apply for the Japanese eVisa once it is made available. In the meantime, travelers from Singapore can apply for other visas that are offered by the Japanese government through a Japanese embassy or consulate.
The type of visa a Singaporean traveler may need depends on their travel plans and the length of their stay in the country. How long can a Singaporean citizen stay in Japan will also depend on the type of visa obtained by the applicant. There are several short-term visas that travelers can apply for, such as:
- Japanese tourist visa: This visa is appropriate for travelers that are interested in taking up touristic activities while in Japan. It allows travelers a stay of up to 90 days in the country and can be obtained either as a single-entry or as a double-entry visa.
- Japanese business visa: For individuals interested in short-term business engagements, the Japanese business visa should work well. It is also available either as a single- or double-entry visa.
- Japanese transit visa: This visa is required by people who will be stopping over in Japan on their way to another country.
Singaporean travelers that need to stay in Japan longer than a few months may be eligible to apply for a Japanese long-term visa. There are several different types of long-term visas that travelers from Singapore can apply for. Travelers from Singapore can scan the list of available long-term visas and the associated requirements to select one that best suits their travel needs.
Japanese eVisa for Singaporean Citizens
Once the Japanese eVisa is rolled out, Singaporean citizens will be able to apply for the eVisa online without having to go through an embassy or consulate. It has been specifically designed to simplify the application of a Japanese visa for short-term stays in the island nation.
Once the Japanese eVisa becomes available, Singaporean nationals will have to apply for the Japanese eVisa by filling out an online application with their personal, passport and travel details.
They will also be required to answer some security questions concerning any past criminal offences or other legal violations. Travelers are required to answer these questions as honestly as possible, making sure the information they provide is accurate and matches the information shown on the applicant’s other travel documents.
Japanese Visa Requirements for Singaporean Citizens
In order to obtain a Japanese visa, there are certain requirements that applicants must fulfill in order to ensure a successful application. These requirements include:
- Having a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages and a validity that covers the traveler’s duration of stay in Japan (advisable: 6 months validity)
- A signed and completed visa application form
- A recent photo of the traveler taken against a white background
- A secondary identification document such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.
- If the traveler is married, a marriage certificate will be required as well
- Travel itinerary including intended date of travel, place of accommodation during the trip, etc.
If the traveler has been sponsored for their trip to Japan by a Japanese sponsor or guarantor, some additional documentation must be submitted along with the application:
- A letter from the sponsor/guarantor explaining the relationship between the traveler and the sponsor/guarantor
- Proof of the relationship between the sponsor/guarantor and the traveler
- Sponsor/guarantor’s proof of sufficient funds for the traveler’s trip to the country
If applicants do not have a sponsor/guarantor, then they need to submit their own proof of sufficient funds in the form of a recent bank certificate and a copy of their income tax return.
What Can Singaporean Citizens Expect from the New Japanese eVisa?
The Japanese eVisa is currently being developed by the Japanese government as a single-entry eVisa to automatically evaluate a traveler’s details in order to determine their eligibility to travel to the country. Once all details regarding the eVisa have been finalized, more updates will be made available on this website.