Qatar, Japan to begin mutual visa exemption from April 2
Beginning April 2, Qatari and Japanese travellers holding ordinary passports will no longer need to apply for visit visas to enter the other country.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan Hassan bin Mohammed Rafea Al Emadi and Japan’s Assistant Foreign Minister Nagaoka Kansuke, who is also the Director General of the Middle East and Africa Department, signed memorandums to start procedures for mutual visa exemption in Tokyo on Thursday.
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The step will allow holders of ordinary Qatari passports — who intend to stay for a period of less than 30 consecutive days — to enter Japan without obtaining a visa. However, they will need prior registration at any of the Japanese embassies or consulates.
Qatari nationals will be provided with registration certificates, free of charge and valid for three years, for the purpose of waiving visa requirements.
The original agreement for visa exemption was made during the second round of the Qatar-Japan Strategic Dialogue, which was held in Tokyo under the chairmanship of Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa.
Qatar’s passport had recently been selected as the 55th most powerful in the world, allowing its holders to travel to 100 nations without the need for a visa.
According to the 2023 report by the Henley Passport Index, considered the authoritative ranking of all world’s passports, Japan has the world’s most powerful passport, allowing the nation’s travellers to travel to 193 countries visa-free.
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