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Who can Apply for Japan’s Digital Nomad Visa?

  • March 14, 2024
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Who can Apply for Japan’s Digital Nomad Visa?

In an exciting development for remote workers and digital nomads worldwide, Japan has launched its much-anticipated digital nomad visa in 2024, opening doors to a new era of work and travel flexibility. This groundbreaking initiative allows highly skilled professionals from select countries the opportunity to live and work remotely from the picturesque landscapes of Japan. Here’s everything you need to know about who can apply, the eligibility criteria, and what the visa entails.

Eligible Countries and Territories

The digital nomad visa is available to citizens of 49 countries and territories, emphasizing Japan’s strategic partnerships and international agreements. Eligibility is primarily extended to nations with a tax treaty with Japan or those that are visa-exempt for visits. This includes all European Union countries and extends to several other European nations, including Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Beyond Europe, citizens from Australia, the United States and  two other Asian countries are also welcome to apply.

This is a list of all the countries whose citizens can apply for Japan’s digital nomad visa:

  1. Armenia
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belarus
  5. Belgium
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Georgia
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hungary
  18. Iceland
  19. Ireland
  20. Italy
  21. Latvia
  22. Liechtenstein
  23. Lithuania
  24. Luxembourg
  25. Malta
  26. Moldova
  27. Monaco
  28. Netherlands
  29. North Macedonia
  30. Norway
  31. Poland
  32. Portugal
  33. Romania
  34. Serbia
  35. Singapore
  36. Slovakia
  37. Slovenia
  38. South Korea
  39. Spain
  40. Sweden
  41. Switzerland
  42. Turkiye
  43. United Kingdom
  44. United States

Targeted Professionals

Japan’s digital nomad visa specifically targets highly skilled professionals, with a special focus on individuals working in the Information Technology (IT) sector. Eligible activities under this visa include working remotely for a company based outside of Japan or operating as a self-employed freelancer for clients purely based abroad. In a nod to the evolving digital landscape, this visa also caters to YouTubers generating income from advertisers based outside of Japan, acknowledging the significant role of content creators in the digital economy.

Income and Insurance Requirements

To qualify for this visa, applicants must demonstrate financial stability, with an annual income threshold set at 10 million Japanese Yen (approximately €62,672). Additionally, securing private health insurance is a mandatory prerequisite for applicants, ensuring that digital nomads have adequate coverage during their stay in Japan.

Visa Duration and Renewal

The digital nomad visa grants a maximum stay of up to six months, doubling the duration currently allowed for visa-free ‘short-term visitors,’ who are not permitted to engage in work. An important aspect to note is that the law states that one can only renew this visa six months after he or she has left Japan. The goal is to prevent back-to-back stays. This policy encourages digital nomads to explore other destinations between their sojourns in Japan, promoting a truly global remote working experience.

Accompanying Family Members

Recognizing the importance of family, the visa extends the possibility for children and spouses to accompany digital nomads to Japan. Similar to the primary applicant, accompanying family members must also be covered by private medical insurance, ensuring comprehensive health coverage for all.

Housing and Residency Restrictions

While the digital nomad visa offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience life in Japan, it comes with certain restrictions. Notably, applicants will not be eligible for residency and cannot rent long-term accommodation. This stipulation aligns with the visa’s intent to facilitate temporary stays for remote work without altering the country’s long-term housing and residency landscape.

In summary, Japan’s digital nomad visa represents a significant step forward in accommodating the evolving needs of the global workforce. By offering a blend of cultural immersion and professional flexibility, Japan is set to become a coveted destination for digital nomads seeking to enrich their work-life experience in one of the world’s most technologically advanced and culturally rich countries.

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GreetingsfromAbroad.com is a travel blog founded by keen traveler, writer and experienced digital nomad, Kojo Enoch. Currently Kojo lives on the beautiful, sunny island of Malta. This website is run by a solid team of expert digital nomads,  avid travelers, photographers and writers from all over the world.

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