Thursday, September 5, 2013

Latest Japan Visa Requirement for Malaysian

Did you guys know that MATTA FAIR is happening tomorrow (6-8 September 2013) from 10am to 9pm in PWTC, KL?

And this year, I'm going to Hokkaido to celebrate new year! dream to go Hokkaido finally come true. Actually I wish also if I can experience ice breaker cruise but too bad la..that is only around end Jan or Feb month. Well..second round of Hokkaido will be in my plan..nyek nyek nyek..

And did you know that you dun need to apply a visa dee to go Japan and go thru the hassle to get all docs like what stated in my previous post here previously? 

But but..but...only with new passport you have this exception. 

"From 1st July 2013, the Government of Japan has decided to abolish the requirement of short-term visa for Malaysian Nationals who hold ordinary biometric passports with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards(issued since February 2010) who wish to enter Japan for short-term stay.

However, this visa exemption only apply to Malaysian Nationals holding ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards. Malaysian Nationals who do not hold ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards remain advised to obtain a visa to enter into Japan. 

The visa exemption arrangement between Japan and Malaysia, which had been existed since before 1993, provides that Malaysian nationals who meet the relevant conditions could enter Japan without obtaining a visa for a period of not exceeding three consecutive months (short-term stay). However, in 1993, the Government of Japan after taking into consideration the situation at the time and in consultation with the Government of Malaysia, began to advise Malaysian nationals to obtain a visa in advance to enter Japan." 

Want to know how to differentiate it based on the passport you have?
So what happens if you do not hold an ordinary biometric passport with an embedded chip that is compliant with ICAO standards?

You still have to apply visa la then. Check here for more details.

For non-Malaysian nationality, check here.

That's all..look forward for my weekends :-) You can check here for my Japan travelogue which I will be updating next year on Hokkaido!

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