Japan’s Digital Nomad Visa: A Great Step Forward With One Big Hoop To Jump

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Published: 02 May 2024

In March 2024, Japan launched a highly-anticipated six month Digital Nomad Visa. This visa is available to remote workers who make at least JPY 10 million (about GBP 50,840 or USD 63,730) a year and to individuals who have a passport from countries with visa-free entry and double taxation agreements with Japan such as the UK, Canada and Singapore to name a few.  

In an era where remote work is on the rise, the introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa in Japan and other countries allows individuals to seek new experiences and unique opportunities.  

The visa allows eligible applicants, along with their spouses and children, to reside in Japan for a period not exceeding six months. This flexibility allows digital nomads and their families to explore the country's diverse attractions and experiences without the constraints of other visas.  

Typically speaking, Digital Nomad Visas allow access to local services that Tourist Visas do not provide such as holding local bank accounts and subscribing to health services. 

To qualify for the Digital Nomad Visa, applicants must meet certain criteria set forth by the Japanese government. In addition of proof of annual income exceeding JPY 10 million, applicants must provide documentation for insurance coverage against death, injury, or illness while in the country. Applicants must outline their planned activities and the intended duration of their stay in Japan, demonstrating a clear purpose for their visit.  

In an era defined by remote work and global connectivity, Japan's Digital Nomad Visa represents more than just a travel document—it's a gateway to new experiences and connections for employees. In addition, it opens employers to a broader and diverse talent pool, providing innovative opportunities.  

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