1 – Citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom can apply to the Ministry of Justice for an extension of up to six months. 2 – For the United Kingdom, only British citizens and British nationals (Overseas) are allowed to enter without a visa. 3 – For nationals of Barbados (since 1 April 2010), Turkey (since 1 April 2011) and Lesotho (since 1 April 2010), visas are not only required for holders of a machine-readable passport (MRP) or ePassport in accordance with ICAO standards. Those who do not have a MRP or ePassport are encouraged to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise it will be strictly controlled and entry to Japan may be refused. 4 – For nationals of Malaysia (since 1 July 2013), Thailand (since 1 July 2013) and Serbia (since 1 May 2011), visas are not only required for ePassport holders in accordance with ICAO standards. Those who are not in possession of such an ePassport are recommended to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be severely reviewed and entry to Japan may be refused. 5 – For Taiwanese passport holders who contain a personal identification number. 6 – For Hong Kong citizens, visas are not only required for holders of a Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People`s Republic of China, or for British Overseas National Passports (BNO) with the right to stay in Hong Kong. 7 – For citizens of Macau, visas are not only required for SAR passport holders issued by Macao SAR of the People`s Republic of China. The Commission considers that the provisions of Canada`s Immigration System Act, adopted on 28 June 2012, and in particular the decision to designate EU Member States as safe countries of origin and to process applications from their nationals in an expedited procedure, should serve as a deterrent for future unfounded asylum claims from the EU. The Commission therefore expects Canada to lift the visa requirement for Czech citizens from the date of the relevant provisions of the new law.
#1 Important Remembrance for #ESTA: if you visited Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen or North Korea on March 1, 2011, you are not entitled to ESTA unless you are qualified for a waiver. Please apply for a visa before your trip. The Secretary of Homeland Security may waive this VWP restriction if it finds that such a waiver is in the interest of the prosecution or national security of the United States. These exceptions are granted only on a case-by-case basis. In general, the categories of travellers eligible for an exemption include: passport holders at Japan`s diplomatic missions in the country concerned (embassy, Consulates or consulates issued by these two countries may travel without a visa: – The Commission welcomes the decision of the Japanese authorities to extend the temporary visa exemption for Romanian citizens until 31 December 2012 and expects that Japan`s temporary visa exemption will be transformed into permanent application after the implementation of specific measures to be agreed between Romania and Japan.