Riigikogu passed visa-free work agreement for young people in Japan

People on a train in Japan.
People on a train in Japan. Source: pixabay.com

The Riigikogu ratified the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of Japan on Employment Rights, which allows Estonia and Japan to issue multiple-entry visas for up to one year for citizens aged between 18 and 30.

In total 79 members of the Riigikogu voted in favor of passing the Act (46SE ).

The intergovernmental agreement gives both Japanese and Estonian youth the right to work without having to register for a visa with the Police and Border Guard. The Japanese government annually determines the number of visas that may be issued to Estonian citizens.

The Agreement will enter into force 120 days after Estonia notifies Japan of the completion of its domestic procedures for issuing tourist visas for employment.

The agreement will tighten relations between Estonia and Japan, facilitate youth tourism, allow for a longer stay in the country and, in addition to holidays, to work short-term.  

Estonia has previously made similar arrangements with Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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