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Japan Visa Requirements for Medical Tourists

A tourist visa to visit Japan can be obtained for a maximum period of 90 days.  A passport that will remain valid throughout the stipulated stay is requisite for stepping into the Japanese territory. 

Citizens of some countries enjoy the privilege of traveling to Japan without a Visa; however, their stay will be limited to a maximum period of 90 days. This does not include entry into the country for residence and remunerative activities. 

Some of these countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Nationals of countries that do not have a visa exemption arrangement with the Japanese government need to obtain a temporary visitor’s visa for a maximum stay of 90 days that permits only non-commercial activities. 

With the increase in medical tourism to Japan, the government has announced a visa for medical stay in 2011. This will make it easier for foreign patients to obtain visas for themselves, as well as persons they are traveling with. 

The Medical Stay Visa is valid for a period of three years or as per the requirement of the treatment, based on the patient's health condition with a maximum stay of 6 months. This also includes full medical check-ups and recuperation. In case the patient is expected to stay in the country, for the purpose of treatment, for a period exceeding 90 days, he/she must stay at one of the medical institutions in the country. An extension can be obtained by submitting relevant documents and if the patient is residing in any of the medical institutions in Japan. 

***It is advisable to contact an embassy, consulate, or similar expert in visa requirements prior to traveling for your care. Please click here for more information about medical visas to Japan.

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