JAPAN Visa FAQ for Indian

I have long term visa for Japan in 2024., I might need to travel Back to India and Japan multiple times. Do we need re-entry permission to enter in Japan?

As of 2024, if you hold a valid long-term visa for Japan, you generally do not need to obtain separate re-entry permission each time you leave and return to Japan, provided your re-entry is within the validity period of your visa and you plan to return within one year of your departure. Japan issues a “Special Re-entry Permit” system for foreign residents who are leaving Japan temporarily. This permit is automatically granted at the departure point (like an airport) when you leave Japan, as long as you indicate at that time that you intend to return.

However, it’s always wise to check the most current immigration policies before traveling, as regulations can change. Additionally, if you plan to be outside of Japan for more than one year, you would typically need to apply for a re-entry permit before you leave to ensure your visa remains valid and you can return without issues. Always ensure your resident card and passport are up-to-date before traveling.

No, you generally won’t need re-entry permission to enter Japan if you have a valid long-term visa in 2024. Long-term visas, unlike short-term visas, are designed for multiple entries into Japan.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Validity of your visa: Make sure your long-term visa is still valid for your return trip to Japan. Long-term visas typically have a validity period of one to three years.
  • Length of stay outside Japan: Some long-term visas may have restrictions on how long you can stay outside of Japan before your visa is considered void. Check the details of your specific visa type.
  • Re-entry requirements may change: Immigration regulations can change, so it’s always a good idea to confirm the latest re-entry requirements with the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate before your trip You can find contact information for Japanese embassies and consulates worldwide on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassies & Consulates].
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