Japan to launch six-month digital nomad visa in March — all that you need to know

Japan has long been a favourite among travellers. And to make this destination more alluring for visitors, Japan is planning to launch a six-month digital nomad visa.

With this, the previous limitation of 90-day stays that posed a significant obstacle, will no longer be a barrier to restrict remote workers to consider this destination for travel. This also means that the visa scenario is also set to undergo transformation. If reports are to go by, the Japan Immigration Services Agency (ISA) has recently announced plans to introduce a six-month digital nomad visa in late March, offering a promising solution for those wishing to extend their stay.

The timing of this development couldn’t be more apt. While the initial wave of post-pandemic travel predominantly favoured Southern Europe, East Asia is now marching ahead, with Japan at the forefront. Reports add that in December, American travel to Japan reached unprecedented levels, recording a remarkable 26.8% increase compared to December 2019.

The eagerly awaited digital nomad visa will be accessible to remote workers earning a minimum annual income of ¥10 million (approximately $66,400). Eligible applicants must be from the 49 countries and territories, including the United States, Singapore, and Australia. Even self-employed digital nomads can apply, with the stipulation that they possess private health insurance, as per the reports.

This distinctive visa isn’t just limited to solo adventurers; it extends to spouses and children of the recipients. Unlike certain programs, immediate extensions won’t be granted upon visa expiration. Nevertheless, digital nomads can reapply for the visa six months after departing from Japan, fostering the possibility of extended stays.

As Japan’s tourism economy undergoes a commendable recovery approximately two years after lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions, this visa stands as a catalyst for longer-term stays. It aims to harness the economic contributions of millions of remote workers worldwide. Joining the ranks of over 50 countries that offer digital nomad visas or similar alternatives, Japan is positioning itself as an attractive destination for those seeking a unique blend of culture, nature, and technological innovation.

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For full-time travellers and expats, the introduction of this visa provides yet another compelling reason to consider Japan. The country has a diverse array of offerings, from the breathtaking natural landscapes and artistic wonders of the Seto Inland Sea to the vibrant urban nightlife and culinary delights of Tokyo. Whether you’re a remote worker or a traveller with a penchant for exploration, Japan promises an experience that will cater to every taste and preference.

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