JAPAN – Digital Nomad Visa Launched   

April 18, 2024

By: Tomomi Nagashima and Kayo Sato

On March 31, 2024, Japan launched a new residence status called “Digital Nomad Visa”. This visa allows eligible foreign nationals to remain in Japan for up to six months in a 12-month period and work remotely for their overseas employer. Digital Nomad Visa holders are permitted to carry out the provision of paid services or selling of goods to overseas clients and are geared towards professions such as software developers, digital designers, virtual assistants, or sole proprietors of foreign companies.

How do applicants qualify for this visa?

  • Applicants must be a national of a visa-exempt country and a country with a bilateral tax treaty with Japan. 
  • Applicants must be employed by and remunerated by their employers overseas. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum annual income of at least JPY 10 million (approx. USD 68,300) or more at the time of application 
  • Applicants must hold an insurance policy that covers death, injury, and illness during their stay in Japan. Coverage of 10 million yen or more for the costs of treatment for injuries and illnesses must be in place.

A Digital Nomad Visa-holder can bring a legally married spouse and children with legal parentage to Japan, provided they also meet eligibility criteria. The Digital Nomad Visa will come under the “designated activities” visa category. Refer to the table below for the list of eligible nationalities.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

Nationalities Eligible for Japan’s Digital Nomad Visa

Digital Nomad  Spouse and Child
of digital nomad 
Designated Activities no.53  Designated Activities no.54 
Australia  Andorra 
Austria  Argentina 
Belgium  Australia 
Brazil  Austria 
Brunei  Bahama 
Bulgaria  Barbados 
Canada  Belgium 
Chile  Brazil 
Croatia  Brunei 
Czech Republic  Bulgaria 
Denmark  Canada 
Estonia  Chile 
Finland  Costa Rica 
France  Croatia 
Germany  Cyprus 
Hong Kong  Czech Republic 
Hungary  Denmark 
Iceland  Dominican Republic 
Indonesia  El Salvador 
Ireland  Estonia 
Israel  Finland 
Italy  France 
Latvia  Germany 
Lithuania  Greece 
Luxembourg  Guatemala 
Malaysia  Honduras 
Mexico  Hong Kong 
Netherlands  Hungary 
New Zeeland  Iceland 
Norway  Indonesia 
Poland  Ireland 
Portugal  Israel 
Qatar  Italy 
Republic of Korea  Latvia 
Romania  Lesotho 
Serbia  Liechtenstein 
Singapore  Lithuania 
Slovakia  Luxembourg 
Slovenia  Macao 
Spain  Malaysia 
Sweden  Malta 
Switzerland  Mauritius 
Taiwan  Mexico 
Thailand  Monaco 
Turkey  Netherlands 
United Arab Emirates  New Zealand 
UK  North Macedonia 
Uruguay  Norway 
United States of America  Poland 
   Republic of Korea 
   San Marino 
   United Arab Emirates 
   United States of America 
This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.