Albania Needs Visa For Japan

More than 1 million Albanians visit Japan each year, and they were all able to do so without a visa, but that is all set to change. In July of last year the two countries changed their visa exemption policy but still kept visa free entry for Albanian c itizens up to 90 days. The announcement of the new rule came on January 15th, 2013, and will take effect March 15th. If you are an Albanian citizen looking to travel to Japan you will have to apply for a Japanese Visa before your trip in order not to be denied entry into the country.

There are no direct flights between Albania and Japan, but in Summer 2015, the two countries will jointly organize a study tour for high school students.The chief executive of the Japanese company Sky Perfect J has asked Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama last week to make an effort so that visa liberalization is a top priority for Albania-Japan relations.

Albania has the best chance ever next year to get visa free treatment. The Japan Times reports that Albania, along with other countries, is in contention to reach a deal with Japan by the end of March 2018.

1) Short-Term Stay Visa
This visa is issued to those who wish to make a temporary staying in Japan up to 90 days for such purposes as: tourism; visiting relatives/friends/acquaintances; and short-term business affairs.
 (Notice) In either case, it is not allowed to perform any activities in Japan to undertake revenue-generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
 (Notice) Citizens of some countries (or regions) do not require a short-term stay visa. Please refer to the List of Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions.  
(2) Work or Long-Term Stay Visa

When an application for visa is made for the purpose of employment, residency, etc. in Japan, it is necessary for a proxy in Japan to obtain the “Certificate of Eligibility” and then for the visa applicant to file a visa application to the Embassy submitting the original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility.
In order to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, a proxy in Japan should make an application with the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to the proxy’s place of residence in Japan.

 (3) Visa for Medical Stay

This type of visa is issued to foreign patients wishing to visit Japan for medical purposes (including full medical check-ups) and to their accompanying person(s) as well if necessary and as needed.
 (4) Non-Albanian Citizens

Those individuals who have Albanian permanent/temporary residence permit or working visas are also eligible for submitting visa applications to the Embassy of Japan in Albania.

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