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Japan launches digital nomadic visa: what it means and who can apply

What is a nomadic visa in Japan and who can apply for it

Japan plans to launch a digital nomadic visa by the end of March 2024, which will allow citizens of 49 other countries to stay in Japan for up to 6 months. The idea is to allow people to travel and work remotely from anywhere in the world. With its bustling cities, beautiful scenery, and pop culture, Japan is ideal for combining work and leisure.

The countries whose citizens can apply for a nomadic visa include those that have signed a tax treaty with Japan or do not have a visa regime. Among them are all EU countries, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States, Euronews reports.

Japan launches digital nomadic visa: what it means and who can apply

To get any visa, you need to have a stable income. For Japan, to be eligible for a nomadic visa, the level of income must be more than 10 million Japanese yen ($67.5 thousand or 2.5 million hryvnias) per year.

It can be obtained by highly qualified specialists and IT industry workers. This is because the country is trying to "rejuvenate" its population with the help of foreign workers, whose number is increasing every year.

However, it will be granted mainly for "established activities," including freelancers or people working remotely for companies outside Japan. It is expected that even YouTube bloggers who receive income from foreign advertisers will be able to obtain a nomadic visa.

Japan launches digital nomadic visa: what it means and who can apply

Having private health insurance is one of the main factors when applying for a visa. Children and partners of travelers are also required to have insurance. However, the applicant will not be able to obtain a residence permit and will not be able to rent housing for a long time.

It is worth noting that the nomadic visa will allow remote workers to stay in the country for up to six months, which is twice as long as the current visa-free short-term travel. Technically, it is forbidden to work even remotely with a regular visa in Japan.

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