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Any foreign visitor entering Japan must have a valid passport for the duration of their stay, and all visitors must comply with the conditions of their visas.

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Below is a basic introduction to the Japanese immigration system. Contact your closest Japanese embassy or consulate outside Japan or an immigration bureau inside Japan for official advice.

All foreigners, including foreign residents, get fingerprinted and photographed upon entering Japan as a measure aimed at preventing terrorism and other illegal activities. Excluded from this procedure are persons under the age of 16 and a few special groups, such as diplomats and visiting dignitaries.

All foreigners receive a status of residence when entering Japan. There are more than twenty statuses of residence, including "temporary visitor" for tourists, and a range of statuses for students , workers and relatives of Japanese nationals and residents.

If you are a citizen of one of the over 50 countries with which Japan has a "general visa exemption arrangement", you need only a valid passport to enter Japan as a "temporary visitor". Otherwise, you need to obtain a visa before entering the country. Temporary visitors from most countries are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.

If you are a citizen of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you have the possibility to extend your stay to a total of up to six months. You still initially enter Japan on a 90 day permit, but can then apply for an extension at an immigration bureau in Japan.

Visitors to Japan are encouraged to use Visit Japan Web to digitally submit immigration and customs-related information ahead of their arrival for a smoother entry into the country without the need to fill out paper forms. The system can be used to also create a tax exemption QR code for an enhanced tax-free shopping experience.

Temporary visitors are not allowed to engage in any paid activities. However, short term studies at Japanese language schools are permitted.

All foreign tourists in Japan are required to carry their passports with them at all times.

Longer stays for the wealthy and digital nomads

If you are a citizen of one of the over 50 countries with which Japan has a "general visa exemption arrangement" and have savings of over 30 million yen, you and your spouse may qualify to stay in Japan for up to one year for the purpose of sightseeing and recreation. Likewise, professionals with an annual income of over 10 million yen may qualify to work remotely from Japan for up to six months. Respective visas (for "long-term residents for sightseeing/recreation" or "digital nomads") have to be obtained before traveling to Japan.

White-collar work

Foreigners who wish to work in Japan need to get a work visa from a Japanese embassy or consulate outside of Japan to enter the country on a status of residence permitting work.

There are over a dozen such statuses of residence, each allowing the holder to work only in a specific professional field, for example, journalism, arts, research, education, engineering, entertainment, business management, international services, etc. If you change jobs while you are in Japan and your new job falls into a different professional field (e.g. from education to engineering), you will need to change your status of residence.

A university degree or considerable professional experience in the applicable field is required to qualify for most work visa types. Most also require you to have a prospective employer as a sponsor. Residence permission is granted in periods of 4 months to 5 years and is extendable.

Workers may bring their spouses and children to Japan on a dependent visa. Dependents are not allowed to engage in any paid activities unless they get permission from the immigration office, but even then, they may work only a set maximum number of hours per week.

Other work and trainees

The so-called "Specified Skills" status allows for work in one of over a dozen professional fields, including construction, hospitality, nursing and manufacturing. Applicants do not need a degree but have to pass a technical skills test and know some Japanese. There are two types: Type 1 allows workers to stay in Japan for up to five years, but they may not bring their family. Type 2 is for more highly qualified workers, can be extended indefinitely and allows for the family to live in Japan. Type 1 holders may upgrade to type 2 after five years.

Furthermore, there is the "Technical Intern Training Program", which lets foreign workers acquire skills at a workplace in Japan that they could not otherwise acquire in their home countries. After a few years, participants become eligible to switch to the above-mentioned "Specified Skill" type 1 status. Most trainees come from South East Asia.

Working holidays

This is a special visa type that allows some paid activity for citizens of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and a few other countries between the ages of 18 and 30. Consult the working holiday visa page for details.

Foreigners who wish to study in Japan (except for short term studies at language schools ) need to get a student visa at a Japanese embassy or consulate outside of Japan in order to enter the country on a status of residence that permits long term studies.

Sponsorship from an educational institution in Japan and proof of sufficient funds to cover all your expenses during your stay are required to qualify for a student visa. Residence permission is granted in periods of between 3 months and 4 years and 3 months and is extendable.

Students must not engage in paid activities unless they get permission from the immigration office. Even then, students may work only a set maximum number of hours per week.

Foreigners who are married to a Japanese national or to a permanent resident of Japan can obtain a spouse visa, which allows them to engage in any paid activity in Japan. Residence permission is granted in periods of 6 months or 1, 3 or 5 years and is extendable.

Staying in Japan

Inside Japan, most immigration-related matters, such as extending residence permission or changing the status of residence, are handled by the Immigration Services Agency, which has bureaus across the country.

Residence card

All new foreign residents are issued a residence card upon initially entering Japan at Narita , Haneda , Kansai or Chubu airports. New residents arriving through different ports can get their cards at their municipal offices.

The residence card is an important document required for opening a bank account , obtaining a cell phone , converting a drivers license and similar activities. It stores the holder's personal information, including the current address, the status of residence and period of stay. Foreign residents are required to carry their residence card with them at all times.

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Extending residence permission

Most statuses of residence allow you to stay in Japan for a period between three months and five years. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply for an extension at an immigration bureau inside Japan before the expiry date of your current residence permission.

The application process is relatively simple, provided that you still fulfill the conditions for the specific status of residence. It typically takes a couple of days or weeks for the application to be processed, and you are allowed to remain in Japan during that time even if your previous residence permission expires in the meantime.

Changing status of residence

It is possible to change your status of residence (e.g. from instructor to arts or from student to engineer) at an immigration bureau inside Japan. You will have to provide similar documentation as you would when applying for a new status of residence at an embassy or consulate outside of Japan.

Re-entry permits

Foreign residents who wish to temporarily leave Japan for longer than a year, need to get a re-entry permit before departing Japan; otherwise, they lose their status of residence. Re-entry permits can be obtained at immigration offices in Japan. For absences of less than one year, re-entry permits are not required.

Permanent residence

Foreign residents, who have shown good conduct and have sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living, can be granted permanent residence if they reside in Japan for a certain number of consecutive years. For highly-skilled professionals and spouses of Japanese nationals, the minimum amount of years is typically one to five years, while for others it is typically ten years. Permanent residence status is indefinite and allows for any paid activity.

Naturalization

Foreigners, who have resided in Japan for at least five consecutive years (less if married to a Japanese national), have shown good conduct, have never plotted against the Japanese government, have sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living and are willing to renounce any other citizenship held, can be granted Japanese citizenship.

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Temporary Visitor Visa

Who can use a temporary visitor visa, temporary visitors for business.

(1) The visa application form (see Documentation #1 below). (2) A valid passport (see Documentation #2 below). (3) A photo (see Documentation #3 below). (4) A certificate of completion of registration for the ERFS.

Additional documents may be requested.

Temporary Visitors Visiting Relatives or Acquaintances (*) *Only those who are deemed to have a relationship equivalent to relatives (betrothed or common-law marriage) or those who are deemed to have a need to visit Japan (to attend a wedding or funeral or to visit an acquaintance who is ill).

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Visa Exemption

U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries which have a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan may be eligible to visit Japan without a visa for a short-term stay for the activities allowed to Temporary Visitors. For more information about reciprocal visa exemption arrangements, please click here . Important Notice :Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Documentation

Please be aware that we will decline applications that have incomplete documents. Each Temporary Visitor Visa applicant must submit the following documents: * Consulate General of Japan will not make copies. If you need original documents, please bring the original plus one copy.

  • An application form completed and signed. Blank forms are available at Japanese consular offices. You can also download by clicking on visa application form ( Sample ) in PDF format. Chinese citizens must write their names in Chinese characters, as well as in Roman letters. Korean citizens in principle are asked to write their names in Chinese characters, as well as in Roman letters. Please include your e-mail address and contact phone information. An applicant with an arrest or criminal record must provide a copy of his/her court and/or arrest record (including cases that ended with an acquittal or pardon), along with an English translation of those documents if they are in any language other than English. Even if the case did not go to trial, please provide a letter that explains in detail the circumstances surrounding the arrest. We would like to know about the charges, time served, fees paid, and probation (if any).
  • Valid passport ( original plus one photo copy of the face page) with sufficient space for a visa (This means at least one empty, blank visa page. US passports use the rear pages for amendments, and are not acceptable as blank visa pages ). If you already have a valid Japanese visa in your passport, please include a signed consent form as shown in the sample at this link: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/d/Consent.pdf . If you submit a PERMIT TO REENTER THE UNITED STATES or a REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT issued by the U.S. government, it must have a validity date at least six months beyond the date of visa application.
  • A passport-sized photograph: 2-inch x 1.4-inch photograph on glossy photo paper taken within the last six months with plain background. Photograph may be attached to the application form with glue (not tape or staples) or you may submit the photograph unattached.
  • Green Card or valid I-94 and U.S. resident visa to re-enter the United States (F or J visa holder must show an I-20 or DS-2019 with the valid signature of an appropriate official in order for re-entry). If you will be entering a third country after leaving Japan, you must show a valid visa to enter that country (or a national passport of that country). We ask that all applicants submit their original immigration documents (green card, I-20, etc.) or a NOTARIZED copy of the documents. * Please note: In principle we do not accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.
  • A confirmed reservation record of your round-trip flight to/from Japan. An e-ticket or print-out from a travel agency, airline or travel website is acceptable. The print-out should include: -Your name. -Your confirmation number/record locator. -Your airlines, flights and all departure and destination cities. -Your complete round-trip flight itinerary, starting and ending in the US. This should include all of the countries you are visiting other than Japan, if applicable. * Please note: We do not require the purchase of tickets, but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa. For those with non-revenue ticket holders: a) Actual Non-Revenue ticket (original plus copy of all pages), plus a printed entire flight information from the airline company b) A copy of the employee ID of the airline employee who obtained the flight coupon, or a letter from the airline proving the employee works for the airline, and that the applicant is authorized to use the non-revenue ticket
  • If traveling for BUSINESS, original letter from applicant’s company signed by an authorized executive officer, on company letterhead, stating: a) applicant’s position in the company, duration of employment, and monthly or annual salary b) nature/purpose of visit in detail c) dates/duration of stay intended d) contact person, company name, address and phone number of business contact in Japan e) guarantee of financial support during applicant’s stay in Japan and return transportation from Japan * Additional documents may be requested during the course of examination.
  • If going to attend a CONFERENCE, conference brochures plus a paid registration form and invitation will be required. In addition, a letter from the home institution/company giving the circumstances of the trip as in 6.a ) ~ 6.c ) from the visa applicant’s home institution/company, plus the applicant’s financial resources such as listed on 8.a) will be required.

Visa Fees Visa fees are determined according to reciprocal arrangements between Japan and the country of the applicant's nationality. Click here for Visa Fees.

Processing Time Please refer to our introduction page .

Applications by mail Please refer to our introduction page .

Note for Chinese nationals In general, Japanese Embassy/Consulates in China are not accepting Japanese tourist visa applications from Chinese nationals residing in other countries, and if you are planning to sightsee in Japan during your temporary stay in China or on the way back to the US, we recommend applying for a Japanese visa before leaving the US.

Note for Nationals of India Click here for outline of application procedures for Multiple Entry VISA ( English / Japanese )

Note for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam Click here for outline of application procedures for Multiple Entry VISA ( English / Japanese )

Japan Visas

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Japan visas: view Japan visa information for foreign visitors including details about Japan visa exemption and permitted length of stay in Japan.

Japan Visas 観光ビザ

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Japan Tourist Visas 観光ビザ

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Visitors to Japan from most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, North America and Singapore are usually issued a 90 day tourist visa for Japan on each entry to the country (see below). Holders of a valid HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) passport also are granted visa-free access to enter Japan for tourism and short-term visits up to 90 days.

Nationals from other countries have to obtain a visa in advance to enter Japan.

Foreign tourists are required by Japanese law to carry their passports with them at all times.

Citizens of nations other than those listed below must apply for a 90-day tourist visa in their home countries from the Japanese embassy or consulate. Passport photos and a return ticket are usually necessary. Processing is usually free of charge, though there is a fee for the visa itself. For further details see our Japanese visa requirements section.

All visitors to Japan including permanent residents are electronically fingerprinted on both index fingers and photographed on entry to the country following a change to the law in 2007.

*For nationals of Malaysia (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required for holders of an ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards.

**For citizens of Hong Kong, visas are not required for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People's Republic of China or British National Overseas (BNO) passports who have the right of residence in Hong Kong. For citizens of Macao, visas are not required for holders of SAR passport issued by the Macao SAR of the People's Republic of China.

***For citizens of Taiwan, visas are not required for holders of Taiwan passport which includes a personal identification number. Those without a personal identification number require a visa.

****Brunei & Thai visitors with a return ticket, evidence of financial support (cash/credit card) and whose activities in Japan are categorized as "Temporary Visitor" may enter Japan for not more than 15 days without a visa. Activities allowed under the "Temporary Visitor" category are sightseeing, visiting friends, attending lectures or business meetings.

*****In most cases citizens of the Philippines require a visa to visit Japan obtained through an accredited agency. See the Embassy of Japan in The Philippines for further details.

Visas to Japan.

Reciprocal visa exemption for Japan

Countries that have reciprocal visa exemption arrangements with Japan are:

6 months or less: (An extendable 90-day visa is usually issued on arrival, for further details see Immigration Offices ).

Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland, UK.

*For nationals of those countries with visa exemptions permitting stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements, those who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of the period of stay to the Ministry of Justice (Regional Immigration Bureau) before the period of permitted stay is to expire.

90 days or less: (A non-extendable 90 day visa is usually issued on arrival).

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Iceland, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Macedonia, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay.

Barbados, New Zealand and the USA.

14 days or less: Brunei.

If in doubt, check with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Japan

Japan Visas.

Types of Japan Residence Visa

Visa Telephone Service Number: 03 5501 8431

According to Japanese law there are 27 types of residence visa in addition to the tourist visas described above. Residency periods for these visas range from a 15 day transit visa to permanent status, including visas for 15 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year and 3 years. Visas which allow paid work generally require a Japanese company, school, university or individual to act as sponsor. Find more information on Japan working visas .

  • Diplomatic (gaikoh 外交)
  • Official (kohyoh 公用) for non-diplomats working in embassies and consulates
  • Professor (kyohju 教授) for professors, assistant professors and lecturers (full-time or part-time) who work in a Japanese university, usually 1 or 3 years
  • Cultural activities (geijutsu 芸術) - students of Japanese arts and martial arts etc, technically not allowed to receive an income
  • Religious activities (shuukyoh 宗教) - members of religious groups sent to Japan to undertake religious activities
  • Journalist (hohdoh 報道)
  • Investor/business manager (tohshi/keiei 投資・経営) - managers of trading companies with offices and 2 or more full time employees
  • Legal/accounting services (hohritsu/kaikeigyohmu 法律・会計業務)
  • Medical services (iryoh 医療) - qualified doctors or Japan-licensed nurses
  • Researcher (kenkyuu 研究) - paid research under contract with a public or private institution
  • Instructor (kyoh-iku 教育) - teachers in junior high school, senior high school, teaching foreign languages etc.
  • Engineer (gijutsu 技術)
  • Specialist in humanities/international services (jinbunchishiki/kokusaigyohmu 人文知識・国際業務) - a visa typically associated with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
  • Intra-company transferee (kigyoh-nai-tenkin 企業内転勤) - employee of a foreign company with main or branch office in Japan, transferred to Japan for a specified period of time
  • Entertainer (kohgyoh 興行) - actors, singers, dancers, professional sportspeople, etc., 15 days, 3, 6 or 12 months
  • Skilled labor (ginoh 技能)
  • Highly skilled foreign professional (ginoh-jisshuu 技能実習)
  • Cultural activities (bunkakatsudoh 文化活動) - students of Japanese arts and martial arts etc - technically are not allowed to receive an income
  • Temporary visitor (tankitaizai) 短期滞在 - tourist visa
  • College student (ryuugaku 留学) - exchange student, international student, studying at an educational institute of some kind in Japan. (Read more about Japan study visa .)
  • Training (kenshuu 研修)
  • Family stay (kazokutaizai 家族滞在) - for partners and dependents of those holding specified visas
  • Designated activities (tokutei-katsudoh 特定活動)
  • Permanent resident (eijuusha 永住者)
  • Spouse, etc. of a Japanese national (nihonjin-no-haigusha-nado 日本人の配偶者等) - Spouse visa holders can legally work
  • Spouse, etc. of a permanent resident (eijuusha-no-haigusha-nado 永住者の配偶者等) - Spouse visa holders can legally work
  • Long-term resident (teijuusha 定住者)

Re-entry to Japan

With the Special Re-Entry Permit System, visa holders may leave Japan and reenter Japan during the term of their stay without having to make any prior application for a permit.

The procedure simply involves placing a check mark in the "Departure with Special Re-entry Permission" box on the Embarkation/Disbarkation ("ED") card when departing.

Working Holiday Visas For Japan

Japan has mutual working holiday visa agreements with Australia, Britain (UK), Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea Republic (South Korea), Taiwan, New Zealand and Norway. Young people normally between the ages of 18-25 (sometimes 30 with the agreement of the immigration office) may work part-time during a one-year stay in Japan.

The working holiday visa is a single entry visa with stays permitted from 6 months (extendable for another 6 months) for Australia and Canada to one year (non-extendable) for Denmark, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Ireland, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Norway.

*The Working Holiday Visa is only issued once to an applicant and is free except for nationals of the UK, Norway and Taiwan.

For further details on visas for Japan contact the Japanese embassy in your home country

The holder of a visa valid for three months or more receives a Residence Card ( zairyuu kaado ) at the airport (Narita, Haneda, Chubu and Kansai) or, in the case of entry via a smaller airport, by mail later.

The holder of a Residence Card must register with the local authority within 14 days of arriving in Japan to complete Certificate of Residence formalities.

Residence Cards need to be updated if the holder's visa status changes or the holder moves to live in a different ward of the same city or to a different city within Japan.

The Residence Card replaced the former Alien Registration Card on July 9, 2012.

Read more about the Residence (Zairyu) Card .

Permanent Resident Visas.

Permanent Resident Visas

Foreign nationals with a Japanese spouse may, after a minimum period of 5 years of residency and marriage, apply for a permanent resident visa (永住権 eijuuken) instead of renewing their spouse visa. Single foreign nationals may have to wait for 10 years to apply. Applicants for a permanent residents visa need to show evidence of income/job including an annual tax withholding statement (gensenchoushuusho 源泉徴収書), which should be given you by your employer, and a copy of the family register (koseki touhon 戸籍謄本) of your Japanese spouse and your own residence certificate (juminhyou 住民票), both obtainable from the local ward office. The application fee for a permanent resident visa is 8,000 yen. Foreign Permanent Residents must still pay for a re-entry permit, and the validity of the re-entry permit is 3 years (see above).

If you are caught overstaying your Japan visa you may be detained and confined for an undetermined period before being deported and served with an official banning order from re-entering Japan for a period of 5 years. If you voluntarily appear at an Immigration Office and announce your overstay, you should usually not be detained and you will be issued with a Departure Order. After being issued a Departure Order you will be banned from re-entering Japan for a period of one year.

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Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

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If you come to Japan for work, study, or cultural activities other than tourism, you'll be required to have an appropriate visa upon entering the country. This article introduces the main types of visas for long-term stays in Japan and the procedures required in order to obtain them.

Types of Visas Required for Entering Japan

If you visit Japan as a tourist and plan to stay for less than three months (*1) without engaging in work or other paid activities, in many cases, a visa is not required. Japan has short-term stay visa exemption arrangements with 68 countries (*as of June 2020).

Nationals from The People's Republic of China, Russia, and the CIS countries, Georgia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other countries will be required to hold a short-term stay visa or tourist visa . These visa procedures can be made at the Japanese embassy or consulate in each country.

However, if you plan to work, study, or engage in cultural activities, a working visa or another type of long-term stay visa is required.

We introduce the main types of long-term stay visas and the procedures required to obtain them.

*1 The period of the short-term stay is 15 days, 30 days, or 90 days depending on the country. Please check the official website of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for details.

Note about Long-Term Stays and Residence in Japan

Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

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The most important thing you need to know about applying for a long-term stay visa and the right to reside in Japan is that you'll be dealing with two different institutions: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , which gives you the permission to land in Japan, and the Immigration Bureau of Japan (Immigration Services Agency), which belongs to Japan's Ministry of Justice and issues the residence cards for foreign nationals living in Japan.

In other words, you'll have to go through a set of procedures before coming to Japan to obtain permission to enter the country ( visa ), and then do another set of procedures after you've landed in order to ensure your stay (status of residence) . You'll need a different set of documents for each of these procedures because two different institutions are involved.

Procedures for Obtaining a Long-Term Stay Visa for Japan

Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

To start the application procedures for obtaining your visa, you'll first need to complete the following steps:

1. Visit the Japanese Embassy in Your Country

The Japanese embassy or consulate in your country is the first place to go for advice on visa-related matters. (See the list of worldwide Japanese embassies and consulates .)

Visit the embassy first to see what procedures are necessary to obtain a visa for working or studying in Japan. Here is where you can get a visa application form , one of the documents that you need to prepare for the procedures.

2. Contact Your Japanese Connection

In order to apply for a long-term visa, you'll need a connection in Japan. Your connection can be your employer, the school where you plan to study, or a Japanese acquaintance who agrees to become your guarantor. The cooperation of a Japanese party (your employer, host school, or Japanese friend/relative) is required to get some of the documents necessary for the visa. (*2)

A document you'll need right away before your arrival is the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) , which is issued by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is required for all long-term stays visas and certifies that you fulfill all the conditions for being allowed to enter Japan.

Your Japanese connection will have to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at their Regional Immigration Bureau. After your COE is issued, your Japanese acquaintance will need to send you the certificate.

*2 It is advisable to apply for a long-term visa only if you have concrete perspectives of living in Japan after arriving here.

3. Prepare the Documents to Apply for a Visa

To apply for any type of long-term stay visa, you'll need to submit the following documents to the Japanese embassy in your country. - Visa Application Form (*for some countries, two forms are required) - Your Passport - One or two photographs - Certificate of Eligibility (the original and one copy)

Depending on your nationality, some additional documents may be required. Check the official website of the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country for details.

After your application is examined, you'll be called to pick up your passport from the Japanese embassy. If everything goes well, you'll receive your visa for landing in Japan. Please be aware that the visa expires in three months; you need to do the procedures at the Immigration Bureau to ensure your status of residence within 90 days after entering the country.

It usually takes around five workdays for a visa application to be processed.

Check the official website of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for details on the visa application process .

Long-Term Stay Visa Types

We introduce the main types of long-term stay visas below.

1. Work Visa

Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

Apply for a work visa if you plan to engage in remunerative activities in any of the following professions:

Teaching, arts, religious activities, journalism, business management, legal/accounting services, medical services, research, engineering, humanities, international services, nursing care .

Period of stay Three months, one year, three years, or five years. (*The period of stay is decided when you get your status of residence at the Immigration Bureau of Japan.)

To apply for a status of residence with a work visa , you'll need to apply for a residence card at your Regional Immigration Bureau by submitting the following documents: - Application for the status of residence - Your passport - A passport-size photograph (3 cm × 4 cm) - Documents detailing your position in the company or organization, the salary you will receive, and the duration of your contract. - Documents attesting your previous academic and professional history - Documents related to the receiving company or organization, such as company registration, statement of profit and loss, etc. (*these are usually provided by the company)

In addition to the above, depending on your profession and nationality, some other documents may also be required. For example, artists may be asked to submit documents showing their previous achievements, and researchers may need to provide academic and professional qualifications.

Find more details on the documents necessary to apply for your status of residence and a list of documents for each profession type on the official page of the Immigration Bureau of Japan .

2. General Visa

Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

If you come to Japan as a student , or to engage in cultural and training activities , or as a family member of a foreign national with a work visa, you'll need to apply for a general visa.

Exchange students, interns (*only for unpaid internships), trainees, or students of Japanese language and culture all fall into this category.

Periods of stay Cultural activities: three months, six months, one year, or three years. Students: From three months up to four years and three months. Training: three months, six months or one year Dependent (family member of a foreign national): from three months up to five years.

Soon after your arrival in Japan, visit your nearest Regional Immigration Bureau and start the procedures for obtaining your status of residence. You'll need to prepare the following documents. - Application for the status of residence - Your passport - A passport-size photograph (3 cm × 4 cm) - Documents regarding the school or institution receiving you. (*The required documents vary depending on the type of institution, so please inquire at the Immigration Bureau at the time of your first visit.)

If you are a family member of a foreign national working in Japan, authorized copies of marriage/birth certificates that attest to your relationship with the holder of the work visa, a copy of their residence card, as well as documents related to their employer will also be required.

3. Highly Skilled Professional Visa

Foreign nationals who engage in advanced academic research activities, advanced specialized/technical activities, or advanced business management activities, and already have a contract with a receiving Japanese institution can apply for a highly-skilled professional visa .

The applicants are evaluated using a point-based system that takes into account previous professional achievements and qualifications.

See more details on the requirements for the highly-skilled professional visa on this page of the Immigration Bureau of Japan .

4. Specified Visa

Foreign nationals who come to Japan on a working holiday program or for paid internships , individuals with Japanese ancestry, as well as spouses/children of Japanese nationals or of permanent residents should apply for a specified visa .

Those participating in a working holiday program, paid internships, and other types of work not covered by the work visa will need a specified visa for designated activities. A long stay of up to six months for sightseeing and recreation will also require a visa for designated activities.

Period of stay Designated activities: from three months up to five years, or a designated period up to five years. Spouse/child of a Japanese national: from six months to five years Spouse of a foreign national employed in Japan: from six months to five years

After your arrival in Japan, visit the Immigration Bureau in your region to apply for a residence card that attests your status of residence.

5. Start-up Visa

Entrepreneurs supported by municipalities in Japan and their spouses or children can apply for a start-up visa . The period of stay is six months.

6. Diplomatic Visa

Members of diplomatic missions receive diplomatic visas for a period of stay that corresponds to the length of their mission.

7. Official Visa

Individuals who come on the official business of foreign governments or international organizations recognized by the government of Japan and their family members receive an official visa. The period of stay ranges from 15 days to five years.

Important Note about the Limitations of Your Visa

If you wish to engage in other activities than those stipulated by your visa, you'll need to apply for special permission at the Immigration Bureau. For example, if your visa and status of residence are for teaching, you'll need special permission to engage in paid work (remunerative activities) unrelated to teaching.

More details on the official page of the Immigration Bureau of Japan: Application for permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted

Remember to Apply for Your Residence Card after Arrival

Long-Term Stay In Japan: Complete Guide To Visas And Statuses Of Residence

We've summed up the main types of visas for long-term stays in Japan. Remember that, if you come to Japan for other purposes than tourism, you have to obtain the status of residence corresponding to your visa, which means applying for your residence card at the Immigration Bureau of Japan.

It takes around two to three weeks for your application to be processed and your residence card to be issued by the Immigration Bureau. In the meantime, your main identification document will be your passport with the visa and landing permit you received upon arriving in Japan.

If your status of residence allows you to stay one year, three years, or five years in Japan, please be aware that an extension of the status of residence is needed if you plan to continue living in Japan.

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Japan Visa Requirements

Entry requirements for japan, choose your nationality.

Japan has visa exemption agreements with 68 countries . Travelers from several countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as well as many former Soviet Union nations are required to obtain a visa to Japan .

There are a few entry requirements for Japan that must be considered when planning a trip to the country.

Japan Entry Visa Requirements

Foreign visitors who need a visa to travel to Japan must meet the following Japan tourist visa requirements .

  • A valid passport with at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages
  • A completed and signed visa application form
  • A recent photograph , size 4.5 x 4.5 cm, in color and with a white background
  • An official birth certificate or a certified copy
  • If the traveler is married, it is necessary to submit a marriage certificate issued within one year
  • Schedule and travel plans in Japan

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Visitors who are required to apply for a Japan visa should verify that they meet all the necessary requirements . It is essential to have a valid passport and complete the visa application form with the details exactly as they are on the passport.

The period of time to stay in Japan is differs from 15 days to 90 days, depending on the nationality of the passport traveler. All the other travelers are required to visit the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and apply for a visa before departure.

Citizens of the following countries are required a tourist visa for Japan:

  • Central African Republic
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
  • Marshall Islands
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Solomon Islands
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Timor-Leste

Japan entry requirements for citizens from visa exempt countries require that travelers carry a passport, valid for at least the proposed duration of their stay.

Other Requirements to visit Japan

There are some additional Japan visa requirements that foreign travelers need to take into account when submitting their application at a Japanese mission.

Some travelers have a sponsor or guarantor that will support the Japan visa application. A sponsor is a person that, under the visa conditions, will cover the expenses of the person applying for a visa.

If the traveler does not have a sponsor or guarantor for their trip to Japan it is necessary to demonstrate that they can cover the expenses of their stay. In order to do this, it is necessary to submit the following:

  • Bank certificate, issued within the last 3 months
  • Applicant’s income tax return

In the case that the traveler has a sponsor or guarantor it is necessary to provide:

  • Guarantee letter where the relation between the traveler and the sponsor is explained and the details of the sponsor or guarantor must be included
  • Proof of relationship with the guarantor
  • Bank certificated and income tax return of the sponsor/guarantor

For questions or inquires about how to apply for a tourist visa to Japan, it is advised to contact the Japanese embassy or consulate.

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Japan Visa for Tourists in 2024: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: March 26, 2024

Japan Visa

After being completely closed for tourism for more than 2 years, Japan finally reopened on October 11, 2022, restoring the previous visa exemptions and reducing the visa requirements.

Many nationalities are exempt from having to get a visa. Nationals and residents of select countries can obtain an eVisa online and everyone else can visit one of the over 200 embassies and consulates worldwide.

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Visa policy and visa types.

Nationals from 70 countries can travel to Japan visa-free . Most can stay up to 90 days.

Unless exempt, nationals and residents from 11 countries can apply for an eVisa online. They may still have to visit their nearest Japanese embassy. The eVisa allows stays for up to 90 days.

Everyone else must obtain a regular tourist visa from a Japanese overseas mission before traveling.

Japan does not have a visa on arrival.

Below is a summary of available visa types for tourists. 

Entry Requirements

Japan Visa Requirements by Nationality

The following requirements apply to all visitors to Japan:

  • Passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of stay
  • Return or onward ticket

Border officials rarely ask about the last 2. 

For the specific visa requirements, see the corresponding section below.

Visa Exemption

Nationals of 70 countries are visa-exempted to travel to Japan. 65 countries are allowed to stay 90 days and the remaining 5 countries are allowed to say 14 to 30 days depending on the nationality. 

There are additional requirements for some nationalities, outlined below. It’s best to check the official Japanese Foreign Ministry website for details.

  • Austria (6)
  • Barbados (5)
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Germany (6)
  • Hong Kong (3)
  • Ireland (6)
  • Lesotho (5)
  • Liechtenstein (6)
  • Malaysia (2)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland (6)
  • United Kingdom (6)
  • United States
  • United Arab Emirates (2)
  • Indonesia (1)
  • Thailand (2)
  • Must register an ePassport at a Japanese embassy in the respective country. Registration is valid for 3 years but not longer than the passport’s expiry date.
  • Must have an ePassport, otherwise, need a visa.
  • Only for passports issued by the corresponding Special Administrative Region.
  • Must have a personal ID number.
  • Must have a Machine-Readable Passport .
  • Eligible to extend their stay to up to 6 months. Applications are made at a Regional Immigration Bureau inside Japan.

Japan eVisa

Japan eVisa Sample

All nationals and residents from below 14 countries are eligible to apply for Japan eVisa. Those already visa-exempt don’t need to apply.

  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Mongolia* 

*Required to apply through an agency (see below).

Characteristics

  • Only for tourism
  • Valid for 3 months, single-entry only
  • Duration of stay up to 90 days
  • Fee 3,000 JPY or equivalent. Payable online or in person at the embassy. Some nationalities are exempt from the fee (check with your embassy)
  • Processing takes 5 days to issue but could sometimes take longer

Documents required

What documents are required depends on your nationality and residence. These are the most commonly asked documents but check on the eVisa portal online for an exact list.

  • Passport scan
  • Color picture taken within the last 6 months
  • Proof of immigration status (e.g. Permanent Residence Card or Visa if applicable )
  • Flight itinerary (you don’t have to buy the tickets in advance, an itinerary from an airline is sufficient)
  • Recent bank statement
  • Travel itinerary (must be specific format, download eVisa travel itinerary template here)
  • Proof of current residential address (e.g. driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, or lease agreement)
  • Visa for the country you will visit after Japan (unless it’s your own country)

Application procedure

Applying online is incredibly simple. You can check out this video from Japan’s MOFA or follow the steps below. 

  • Go to Japan eVisa portal
  • Register an account
  • Fill out the application and upload the necessary documents
  • Wait for your documents to be examined. You may be asked to submit additional documents. You will receive an email inviting you to pay when this step is complete.
  • Pay online or in person
  • After the eVisa has been issued, log in and make sure you can show the “ Visa Issuance Notice ” on your smartphone.

There’s no need to print any documents. On the contrary, you must show the visa on a digital device. Screenshots are not accepted either.

At the border, show the visa issuance notice with the QR code. 

Once inside the country, you will receive an email saying your eVisa has expired. Don’t panic. This means you cannot use it to enter Japan again. You are allowed to stay up to 90 days inside Japan.

Applying from China, Vietnam, and Mongolia

Obtaining an eVisa for Japan in these three countries comes with special provisions.

EVisa is available to nationals of China who reside in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). You must apply through a Japan Visa Application Center or an accredited travel agency.

The eVisa grants entry to Japan for up to 30 days. Read more about it on the Japanese embassy in China website .

EVisa is available to nationals of Vietnam, who reside in Vietnam. You must book a packaged tour organized by a travel agency.

EVisa is available ONLY to foreign nationals who reside in Mongolia. You must apply at the Japan Visa Application Center (VAC) in Mongolia. Check with the Japanese embassy in Mongolia for more information.

Read the Japan eVisa article for more in-depth information on eVisa requirements, processing times, application process and border procedures.

Japan Tourist Visa

Japan Visa Sample

Everyone who’s not visa-exempt must obtain a visa to travel to Japan. If the eVisa isn’t an option, then you must obtain a tourist visa from a Japanese embassy.

Tourist visas are mostly single-entry. The term of stay can be either 15, 30 or 90 days from the date of entry. The visa itself is valid for 3 months for single entry and up to 5 years for multiple entry.

Requirements

The requirements for a tourist visa may differ depending on your nationality and the embassy you apply from. In most cases, they are:

  • Passport with at least 2 blank pages
  • Completed Visa Application Form
  • 1 Passport-sized color photo taken within the last 6 months
  • Flight itinerary
  • Hotel reservation unless staying in an invitee’s home. It must cover the entire stay in Japan .
  • Detailed, day-by-day itinerary in Japan .
  • Most recent bank statement
  • Proof of immigration status (if applicable)

The visa costs 3,000 JPY (~21$) or equivalent.

For further reading, check out the Japan Tourist Visa article for details such as when to apply, photo requirements and the application process.

Benefits of Japan tourist visa

Japan’s tourist visa is becoming a strong visa these days. That means Japanese visas have added benefits such as VISA-FREE travel to many other countries. As of 2024, you can travel to 14 countries with a Japanese visa. Read the VISA-FREE countries for Japan visa article for more details.

Transiting in Japan

Not leaving the airport.

If you are not already visa-exempt, you can transit in Japan without a visa only if:

  • You stay within the international transit area of the airport;
  • You have the necessary documents needed for the next country of destination;
  • within 72 hours for Tokyo Haneda Airport or Kansai Airport (Osaka);
  • within the same calendar day for all other airports.

Transit Visa

If you intend to pass through immigration and enter Japan for a short period, you must obtain a transit visa.

The requirements and procedures for obtaining transit visas are identical to regular tourist visas.

The main differences are in cost and duration of stay. The transit visa costs 700 JPY (~5$) and is issued for a maximum of 15 days but usually just 2-3 days until your next flight.

Japan Shore Pass

If you are transiting in Japan for less than 72 hours and you have a connecting flight that’s NOT on the same day, you may be able to obtain the Japan Shore Pass.

The application for it is usually done by the airline so it’s best to consult them.

To be eligible for the shore pass, you must arrive and depart from airports and seaports within the same group.

  • Airports : Narita, Haneda, Nagoya, Niigata, Komatsu, Yokota.
  • Seaports : Tokyo, Yokohama, Niigata, Nagoya.
  • Airports : Osaka, Nagoya, Komatsu.
  • Seaports : Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya.
  • Airports : Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Naha, Kadena.
  • Seaports : Hakata, Shimonoseki, Naha.
  • Airports : Chitose.
  • Seaports : Tomakomai, Otaru, Hakodate, Muroran.

Entry Procedure at the Airports

Japan Entry and Exit Stamps in Passport

You may use the Visit Japan Web to submit all required information online. It’s not mandatory. Instead of paper forms, you will show QR codes.

After landing, you will sequentially go through immigration and customs.

If you got the eVisa, show your visa issuance notice on a smartphone. Otherwise, just your passport. Get a stamp and enjoy Japan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is a covid vaccination certificate required to travel to japan.

COVID vaccination certificates and tests are not required since April 29, 2023.

Can I apply for a Japan visa online?

Yes but only if you’re a national or resident of the 11 eligible countries listed above.

How much does a Japan visa cost?

Japan visa costs 3000 YEN or equivalent in another currency.

How long does visa processing take?

Japan visa processing normally takes 5 working days but it could take more. It’s a good idea to apply for a visa at least a month before you travel.

Can I get a multiple-entry visa?

Japan eVisas are single-entry only. Embassies may issue multiple-entry visas depending on your circumstances.

WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI

Thirumal Motati

Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.

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Do I need a Visa for Japan? Japan Visa Policy

Japan visa

There are a number of different types of Japanese visas which are designed by the Japanese government for different purposes and lengths of time.

There are over 60 countries whose citizens can enter visa-free for tourism or business. Other nationalities currently need to go to a Japanese embassy or consulate to apply for a visa.

Japan introduced an eVisa for citizens of the US and Canada in 2022 that simplified the application process to acquire a Japan visa during pandemic visa suspensions.

Canadians and Americans no longer need a visa for Japan for short stays, but the eVisa is expected to launch for other visa-required nationalities in the near future.

Japan visa types

There are several  types of visas for Japan and more will be introduced in the future, including the eVisa.

Visas are obtained directly from Japanese embassies and consulates, although the application process for the eVisa will be completed entirely online.

Japanese visas can be grouped in 3 main categories :

Working visa

Non-working visa.

  • Family Related Visas

Working visas are considered long-term stay visas  and cover the kind of work that requires high-level professional knowledge or skills and ‘thus, they do not include simple labor tasks. Jobs like waiter, construction workers, sales people, etc. cannot obtain a working visa. Typical working visas:

  • Engineer, Specialist in Humanities, International Services Engineer. Engineers and Specialists in Humanities must have a university degree in their corresponding fields or 10 years of professional experience. International Services Engineers must have 3 years of professional experience in their field.
  • Intra-company Transferee. This status applies to expats of foreign companies or the subsidiary companies of Japanese firms located overseas who have worked more than one year in the said office in overseas.
  • Skilled Labor. Jobs involving foreign cooking, architecture, or civil engineering characteristic to foreign countries, training animals, instructing sports, sommeliers, processing precious stones will fall into this status. It’s mandatory to have at least 3 years of professional experience in the field.
  • Business Manager. Those who are going to start a business or invest into a business in Japan. It also applies to those managing business on behalf of investors.
  • Highly-Skilled Professional. This visa aims to attract workers who are likely to contribute to the Japanese economy.

Those with a certain status, knowledge, or skills can get the following working visas:

  • Diplomats or Officials, Personnel of the embassies and consular offices, Diplomatic missions, Government personnel and their families.
  • Research and education at university or equivalent educational institutions.
  • Instruction of foreign languages or other education at elementary schools, high schools, etc. Those instructors looking to work in private language schools must apply for the Specialist in Humanities / International Services visa.
  • For those whose artistic activities provide enough income to support their living in Japan.
  • Religious activities. Missionaries sent to Japan from foreign religious organizations.
  • Those journalists who have signed contracts with foreign media organizations. It includes freelance journalists.
  • Legal and Accounting services.
  • Medical Services. Medical specialists with Japanese qualifications.
  • For those researchers working under a contract with public or private organizations in Japan.
  • All of those working in show business and sports.

Anyone who holds a non-working visa is allowed to work as long as the immigration office grants them permission. This type of visas is considered a short-term stay visa and some restrictions apply. Those doing some work under a non-working visa cannot exceed the number of authorized hours per week.

Who can benefit:

  • The visa application is submitted through the school.
  • Those training to acquire technology, skills or knowledge. This status is granted only when the candidate will work in a job requiring that technology, skills or knowledge once he returns to his home country.
  • Technical Internships. That covers internships after training under trainee visa.
  • Spouses or children of people staying in Japan under the work visa and non-working visa (except for temporary visitors and trainees).
  • Cultural Activities. Cultural or artistic activities with no income.
  • Students or researchers of Japanese cultural or artistic activities.
  • University students taking part in an internship without remuneration.
  • Temporary Visitors (also known as Tourist visa ). This status includes visitors on vacation, sports, family visits, participants in seminars and conferences, business meetings, market research, and those traveling to Japan to engage in PR activities.

There is also another epigraphe for non-working visas that is granted case by case: Designated Activities. Students on internship, working holidays, diplomats’ housekeepers are some of the people who can apply for this visa.

Family related visas

Family related visas are considered short-term stay visas and have no retrictions when it comes to employment, so you can engage in more than one activity or change jobs. Those who can apply to these visas are:

  • Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
  • Long Term Residents
  • Permanent Residents
  • Spouses and children of Permanent Resident

Japan tourist visa

Any tourist wanting to visit Japan must obtain a tourist visa prior to entering the country. Nonetheless, Japan excludes several nationalities from having to comply with this requirement.

For instance, citizens from most European countries, United States, Australia, and Argentina do not need to get the Japan Tourist Visa since they are considered visa-exempt countries for tourism purposes. Nationals from any of those regions can stay in Japan for a maximum of 90 days visa-free and are assigned Temporary Visitor status.

Japan tourist visa is a short-term stay visa for the purposes of sightseeing, visiting friends, or attending conferences or courses . A tourist visa is normally valid for a single-entry stay of up to 90 days.

Tourists can also apply for a double-entry visa for 2 short trips within a 6-month period. It is important to note that the Japan tourist visa does not allow travelers to engage in paid work while in the country.

Other short-term stay visas

  • Business visa:  There is a temporary business visa for stays of up to 90 days which can single or double-entry visa (if both trips are within a 6-month period). Business purposes include conferences, meetings, signing contracts, and market surveys.
  • Transit visa:  Some nationalities need a transit visa to stop over in Japan when going to an onward destination. Many travelers do not need this as long as they stay within the allocated zone and do not leave the airport.

Which countries need a tourist visa?

All nationalities who are not visa-exempt need a visa to enter Japan. Citizens of certain countries can enter with Temporary Visitor status for limited periods of time ( 15 to 90 consecutive days ) for tourism or business purposes.

Visitors receive a stamp in their passport which is a requirement for the Japan Rail Pass . The rules are very strict and it is not possible to get the pass without showing the stamp (tourists with other types of visas are not eligible for the Pass).

The following nationalities are eligible for Temporary Visitor status (all others need a visa to enter):

The nationalities listed above can enter for tourism , visiting relatives, and business purposes. However, visitors cannot be paid for work under Temporary Visitor status. In these cases, it is necessary to obtain a work visa .

Citizens of the following countries will need a Japan tourist visa in order to enter Japan:

  • Philippines
  • CIS countries and Georgia

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Japan tourist visa requirements

To successfully apply for a tourist visa for Japan, applicants must meet the following visa requirements :

  • Hold a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and 2 blank pages
  • A completed visa application form
  • Provide a recent color passport photo and a certified copy of your birth certificate
  • If married, submit a marriage certificate (if issued within the last year)
  • You must have the intention to leave Japan at the end of your authorized stay
  • Proof of financial ability demonstrating you can support yourself financially during your stay in Japan
  • Provide a certificate of your financial situation for the previous 6 months issued by your bank
  • Submit the applicant’s tax return
  • If applying without a sponsor, a copy of your Certificate of Employment must be submitted
  • Provide a schedule and travel plans for the trip

If you still have questions about what you need in order to obtain the Japan tourist visa, you can find out more by checking the Japan entry requirements FAQ.

Japan tourist visa validity

Single-entry visas are valid for 3 months upon issue and usually allow you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. It is not possible to extend its validity.

Double-entry visas have a validity of 6 months from the date of issue.

Multiple-entry visas are usually good for a period of 1 to 5 years, depending on the visitor’s nationality, the purpose of the visit, and the type of passport they hold. Multiple-entry visas allow you to visit Japan multiple times within this period of 1 to 5 years since the issuing date, but each stay cannot exceed the 15 or 30-day period.

Japan tourist visa fees

A fee must be paid in order to obtain your Japan tourist visa. These fees vary depending on whether you are applying for a single-entry visa, a double-entry or a multiple-entry visa, as well as on the nationality of the tourist.

It is a good idea to check with your Japanese embassy or consulate before submitting your application since fees are subject to change at any time. Also, please note fees are collected in the local currency where the embassy or consulate is located and must be paid at the time of submitting your application. Once that has been done, you will receive proof of payment.

Japan Tourist eVisa

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A Japan Tourist eVisa launched in August 2022 as part of the government’s wider plan to reach 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030.

The eVisa for Japan was available for Canadians and US citizens, but these nationalities are now once again able to enter Japan visa-free. However, it may it is expected to launch for other nationalities in the future.

The online application form will be straightforward to complete and means that tourists do not need to go to an embassy or consulate to complete the application. It has been designed to simplify the visa application process.

It will be necessary to make a payment by credit or debit card to submit the application. Once an application has been submitted and approved , the eVisa approval notice will be sent to applicants by email.

More information: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

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Your Guide to Visa Extension in Japan

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So you have a visa to stay in Japan, whether it be a tourist visa, work visa, family visa, etc. And you’ve decided you want to stay for longer and you want to extend the period of stay on your visa. Well here’s a quick guide to extend your stay!

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Requirements for Extending Your Current Visa in Japan

Process of application for visa extension, why was my visa extension application rejected and other faq.

So the period of stay on your visa allowing you to stay in Japan is nearing the end, and you want or need to stay longer! (Happens to a lot of us!) Do you have everything you need to extend the visa? 

First, please note that this article is for extending work or long-term visas. For extending short-term visas (usually not allowed), please see the FAQ section. Also if you are changing to a different type of visa, then you must apply for a Change of Status of Residence . You can read our brief article about it here .

Required Documents when applying for Extension of Period of Stay 

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How long you are allowed to legally stay in Japan (granted to you by your visa) is called the “period of stay” , so this process is applying to extend your period of stay.

Here’s a list of documents that you must have:

Application for Extension of Period of Stay (printed on A4 size paper)

Your passport or Certificate of Eligibility (if you can’t, you need a note about why you cannot produce these materials)

4cm x 3cm picture taken within 3 months of sending the application and with your name written on the back (in case it falls off the application); not required for applicants under 16

Your current Residence Card

Supporting documents and/or statements that will prove that you are eligible to continue your stay in Japan*

*Since the supporting documents vary per visa, here are just some of the examples.

Student Visa

For those who have a Student Visa, you must also prepare the following:

Certificate of Enrollment in university, school or language/vocational school

Certificate of School Attendance

Certificate of Academic Record

A copy of your original Registration Certificate

A copy of your original Results Certificate 

Supporting documents that will prove that you can fund your extended stay in Japan

Please check for specifics here (as to what additional documents you must submit varies based on your school and level of education).

For those who have a Work Visa, you must also prepare the following (these are just the basics and may require additional documents depending on your company and type of work visa):

Certificate of Employment

Employment contract

Certificate of Tax Payment

Supporting documents about your current employment status like current position, current salary, and the duration of your employment

The registration documents of your current company (may or may not be necessary depending on the type of company you work for)

As the requirements may vary based on your job, please check the Immigration Services website for the specific type of work visa you have.

Spouse of Japanese National

For those who have a Spouse of Japanese National visa, you must also prepare the following:

Family registry (Koseki Tohon) of your Japanese spouse that proves you are married

Residence Certificate (Jyumin-hyo) of Japanese national showing every person that lives with them including you

Tax certificate and tax payment certificate (needed to show taxes calculated based off of income and to prove that you and your spouse have been paying your taxes accordingly) 

Letter of Guarantee by the Japanese citizen or foreign resident that you're currently residing with

Please note that if you’re applying to extend your status as a “Child of a Japanese National” on the same type of visa as Spouse, then the materials required are slightly different. 

For other examples of materials needed, please check this page here .

Keep in mind to apply for the extension period of stay is 3 months prior to your visa expiration. Don’t wait until the last minute as you might be informed you are missing something when going to apply. 

Try to provide as many documents as you can to try to support your ability to stay in Japan rather than the bare minimum

You will not be getting most of these documents back (aside from your passport) so please supply the appropriate copies

If you have other inquiries, you can call or visit the nearest Immigration Services for clarification and other information.

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The process for extending your visa is usually quite easier than getting one, especially since it takes less time and you aren’t required to submit as many documents as the first time.

Once you have compiled every important document and other requirements, you can simply visit the nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau from your current location in Japan. You will submit all your requirements there along with the required revenue stamp which costs 4,000 yen or so. You can usually buy the stamp at the immigration center.

It would usually take about 2 to 4 weeks before you hear about the results of your application. If approved, you will have to go pick it up.

Where to apply for extension

There are 17 different Regional Immigration Services Bureau, District Immigration Services Offices, and Immigration Centers throughout Japan. Head to the one closest to you to apply. 

You can check Immigration Services Agency of Japan's list of the various Regional Immigration Services Bureaus and Offices in Japan if you are having trouble finding one. Here is a link for your convenience.

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Why was my visa extension rejected? 

As we stated, it’s usually simpler to extend your period of stay than to apply for a new visa, but there are times the application is rejected. Here’s some of the common reasons::

The purpose of your stay is already fulfilled and the Immigration Bureau deemed it unnecessary to extend your stay.

Your financial status isn't sufficient to fund your stay in Japan according to the financial documents submitted.

You failed to pay your taxes.

Something in your application is contradicting and/or inaccurate or false

You can't extend your Student Visa if you failed to comply with the required attendance.

You can't extend your Spouse Visa if you're not living with your spouse, your marriage has ended, or it shows that you're actually married for convenience.

Can I apply for a visa extension while overseas? 

No, you have to apply for the extension while in Japan. 

What if I have a short-term visa and I want to extend my stay?

Most of the time, you will not be allowed to extend your short-term stay past the alloted period of time. You are expected to leave at the end of your stay, and you can always choose to come back. There are only very select circumstances under which the Minister of Justice may grant extensions (such as being stranded in Japan during the pandemic), but most cases are not approved.

Also please do note that Japan has become much stricter about allowing tourist visas to be changed to a long-term visa - many applications for the change of status of residence have been rejected under stricter conditions in recent years. (Exceptions have been made for people having to stay due to the pandemic but otherwise, you will have to leave to reapply for a long-term visa.)

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A visa is an important permit for foreigners to stay within another country like Japan. And you don't have to worry about promptly ending your stay in Japan thanks to visa extension! Hopefully this article was helpful in showing how to navigate through visa extension applications as well as providing sources for more information. 

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Nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries*/areas of authority may be required to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved. These fees are based on the principle of  reciprocity:  when a foreign government imposes fees on U.S. citizens for certain types of visas, the United States will impose a reciprocal fee on citizens of that country*/area of authority for similar types of visas. 

How Do I Find Out if I Have to Pay a Reciprocity Fee?

To view the Reciprocity Page for your country* of nationality, select your country*/area of authority from the list of countries on the left side menu. On the Reciprocity Page, select the Visa Classifications tab from the column on the left

Select the type of visa you have applied for, such as a B-1/B-2 (temporary visa for business or pleasure), F-1 (student visa), etc. from the drop down menu: 

The reciprocity information for that country*/area of authority will display:

What does this table tell me?

Visa Classification:  The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee:  The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries:  The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. “M” means multiple times. If there is a number, such as “One”, you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period:  This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

What is the Difference between the Reciprocity Fee and the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee?

The nonimmigrant visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, is a nonrefundable fee paid by most applicants for U.S. visas, whether the application is approved or refused. It covers the costs associated with processing a U.S. visa application. Current nonimmigrant visa application fees can be found on our  Fees – Visa Services  webpage. (This webpage also lists the few visa categories for which application fees are not required.)

While most visa applicants are required to pay the visa application fee, the Reciprocity Fee is only charged to an approved nonimmigrant visa applicant after the visa interview.

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Immigrant visa applicants are required to submit certain civil documents as part of their visa application, such as birth certificates and police records. (Nonimmigrant visa applicants do not routinely need to submit civil documents as part of their visa application.) Each Reciprocity Page will provide detailed information about how to obtain these civil documents from the country* you have selected, as well as the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you can apply for your visa. For more information about civil document requirements for immigrant visa cases, see  civil documents .

To view the Civil Documents for your country* of nationality, select your country*/area of authority from the drop-down menu below. On the Reciprocity Page, click on the tabs on the left to see the categories of Civil Documents and how to obtain them.

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Japan has taken measures on the visa exemption arrangements for 71 countries/regions as shown in the chart below.

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  • (Note 1) For nationals of Indonesia (since December 1, 2014), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan in Indonesia (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • (Note 2) For nationals of Malaysia (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (Note 3) For nationals of Panama (since April 1, 2024), Brazil (since September 30, 2023), United Arab Emirates (since November 1, 2022), Thailand (since July 1, 2013) and Serbia (since May 1, 2011), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such ePassport are requested to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be refused to enter Japan.
  • (Note 4) For citizens of Hong Kong, visas are not required only for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People’s Republic of China or British National Overseas (BNO) passports who have the right of residence in Hong Kong.
  • (Note 5) For citizens of Macao, visas are not required only for holders of SAR passport issued by the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China.
  • (Note 6) Visa exemption arrangements for Taiwan is limited to passport holders with a personal ID number.
  • (Note 7) For nationals of Barbados (since April 1, 2010), Türkiye (since April 1, 2011) and Lesotho (since April 1, 2010), visas are not required only for holders of Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
  • (Note 8) For nationals of those countries with visa exemptions permitting stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements, those who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of the period of stay to the Ministry of Justice (Regional Immigration Bureau) before the period of permitted stay is to expire.
  • (Note 9) For nationals of Qatar (since April 2, 2023), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • (Note 10)Nationals of Peru (since July 15,1995) and Colombia (since February 1, 2004) are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.

Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in compliance with ICAO standards

(image 1) The identification data page with machine-readable passport data such as personal information

MRP in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has certain individual information, which is able to be read by computer, entered on the identity page of the passport.

ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards

(image 2) The passport that show the ICAO standard IC passport mark is printed on the cover page.

ePassport in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has IC chip that stores certain individual and biometric data including a digital image of the passport photograph. ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards has ePassport’s symbol on the front cover of the passport.

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