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Posted On: 3 February 2023 03:54 pm
Updated On: 3 February 2023 04:47 pm

Qatar, Japan mutual visa exemption to start from 2 Apr

Vrinda Abilash
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The State of Qatar and Japan on 2 February 2023 signed the exchange of official memorandums to start procedures for mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports in the two countries, which will enter into force on April 2.

The exchange of memorandums was signed for the State of Qatar by H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Japan Hassan bin Mohammed Rafea Al Emadi, and for Japan by H.E. Assistant Foreign Minister and Director-General of the Middle East and Africa Department Nagaoka Kansuke, at the Foreign Ministry's headquarters in Tokyo.

The step will allow holders of ordinary passports of the State of Qatar who intent to stay in Japan for a period not exceeding thirty consecutive days to enter Japan without obtaining visa, after prior registration at any of the Japanese embassies or consulates.

Registration certificates will be issued to Qatari nationals free of charge and will be valid for three years, for the purpose of waiving visa requirements.

The exchange of official memorandums on start the implementation of these procedures was agreed upon during the second round of the Qatar-Japan Strategic Dialogue which was held in Tokyo on 31 Jan 2023 under the chairmanship of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Hayashi Yoshimasa.

Source and cover image credit: QNA