U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is tourism, commerce, a conference, meeting, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc for up to 90 days of stay in Japan. However, when you engage in paid activities in Japan, you need the visa. Information for non U.S. citizens and detailed qualifications for the visa exemption.
3. CRITERIA OF THE VISA ISSUANCE
A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she meets all of the following requirements and if the issuance is considered to be appropriate.
- The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or a country of his/her residence.
- All submitted documents are authentic, completed and satisfactory.
- The activities to be engaged in Japan/the civil status or the position of the applicant/the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as the “Immigration Control Act”)
- The applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.
4. HOW TO APPLY
- In person: You can apply in person any time during Visa section hours. Appointment is not necessary.
- By mail: Applicants who reside outside of Cook County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, Du Page County, Will County, Kendall County in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana are eligible to apply by mail. You can choose any mailing carrier to send your application.
- Proxy: If you ask someone to apply for your visa application on behalf of you, you must submit completed Authorization form. Also, authorized person must bring their Identification.
- ※ Please note that The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, you must apply and pick up in person. Even thought, if you choose to use mail, we encourage you to keep tracking numbers. Do not contact us for checking the mailing status.
5. LOCATION ADDRESS
737 North Michigan Avenue,Olympia Centre Suite 1100 (11th Floor),Chicago, IL 60611
※ The Consulate building entrance located on Chicago Avenue.
6. MAILING ADDRESS
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Attn: Visa section
737 North Michigan Ave,
Olympia Centre Suite 1100,
Chicago, IL 60611
7. VISA SECTION HOURS (APPLY & PICK-UP)
Monday – Friday except Consulate holidays from 10:00 to 12:15 and then 13:15 to 15:00.
(Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time to process)
8. GENERAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE
- In Person
- Applicant will prepare ALL required documents.
- Bring ALL required documents to the Consulate during Visa office hours.
- We will review your application.
If no error occurs: We will accept your application and notify you of the estimated pick up date.
If error occurs: We will notify you of the error. You can fix the error and re-apply.
- We will exam the accepted application.
If no error occurs: You can pick up any time on or after the estimated pick up date.
If error occurs: We will contact you by telephone or email within 3 business days from the date we accepted the application.
- Pick up in person anytime during Visa office hours. You must bring the Receipt (you will receive the receipt when we accept your application), photo ID (State ID, Driver's license, Student ID, Foreign government issued ID etc.) and Visa fee.
- By Mail
- Applicant will prepare ALL required documents.
- Send us ALL the prepared required documents.
- Once we receive the package, we will review your application.
If no error occurs: We will accept your application.
If error occurs: We will return your application with an instruction notice. Once you receive the package, please follow the instructions and re-apply.
- We will examine the accepted application.
If no error occurs: We will process your visa application.
If error occurs: We will contact you by telephone or email within 5 business days from the date we accepted your application.
- We will return your Passport by mail (prepaid self-addressed return envelope provided by you).
9. PROCESSING TIME
If all criteria of visa issuance are met, most visas can normally be processed in 5-7 business days (not including mailing time). There is NO EXPEDITE SERVICE. Every application takes standard processing time. Please note that some visa applications require consultation with our headquarters in Japan and may take longer than general processing time.
10. STATUS CHECK
After we accept your visa application, we will review and examine your application. This process takes 5-7 business days. If there is any error in your application, we will return the entire visa application package back to you or contact you by telephone. Since we cannot verify your identify over the phone, we will not give you the application status. If you wish to know the status of your visa application, you must come in person with valid Photo Identification.
11. VISA FEE
Visa fee must be paid by EXACT AMOUNT OF CASH or MONEY ORDER ONLY. Paying by Money order, please make payable to the “Consulate General of Japan”. Visa fees are revised on April 1st each year and are waived for certain nationalities.
Visa Fee (Effective from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023)
|Single Entry||Multiple Entries||Transit (includes double entry visa)|
|Ordinary||US $28.00||US $56.00||US $6.00|
|Indian||US $8.00||US $8.00||US $1.00|
Be aware of fraudulent website, social media, emails in an attempt to extract payments from visa applicants. We have received reports of fraud websites, social media and emails, falsely stating that they are issued by the Government and/or Embassy of Japan, in an attempt to extract payments from visa applicants. Please be aware that these scams are NOT related to the Government of Japan. All visa applications must be submitted to the Embassies of Japan, Consulate-Generals, or Consular Offices of Japan directly or through the accredited agencies. Please contact your nearest Japanese diplomatic missions for visa application procedure and the list of the accredited agencies.
12. VISA FEE EXEMPTION
|North America||United States, Canada|
|Central and South America||Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Suriname|
|Asia||Bangladesh, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines (only for Temporary Visitors staying in Japan within 90 days or Transit), British Nationals Overseas (Hong Kong), Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R.|
|Europe||Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania (only for Temporary Visitors staying in Japan within 60 days), Russia, San Marino, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan|
|Oceania||Australia, New Zealand|
13. CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY
The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Immigration Bureau in Japan for the person who is going to work, study or live in Japan. The Immigration Bureau will not issue the Certificate of Eligibility to a person who is going to Japan for temporary visit or transit. Validity of the Certificate of Eligibility is 3 months from date of issue. Therefore, please be aware that you must obtain the Japan visa and enter Japan within 3 months from date of issue of the Certificate of Eligibility. If you have any questions about the requirements, processing time, etc of the Certificate of Eligibility, please direct inquiries to your proxy or the Immigration Bureau in Japan.
14. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VISA APPLICATION (PDF Format)
※ Please find your purpose of visit and read definition from list below. In order to apply for the Visa, you must prepare ALL requirements. Partial application will be rejected.
- ► For Transit (Stay of up to 2 nights / 3 days)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to another country who will have a brief layover in Japan when the only reason for entering the Japan is to transit. Does not include business, academic purposes or visiting relatives/ acquaintances.
- ► For Tourism (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan for tourism/sightseeing. Does not include business, academic purposes or visiting relatives/acquaintances. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Visit/Meet Person(s) Who Reside in Japan (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan to visit relatives/ acquaintances as tourist. Not including business or academic purposes. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Visit/Meet Person(s) Who Reside in U.S. Military Base in Japan (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days)
【Definition】A foreign citizen traveling to Japan to visit relatives/acquaintances who reside in Japan as a U.S. military member (SOFA). Not including business or academic purposes. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit as Business Purposes (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days, Single Entry)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan for business purposes such as business affairs, commerce, conferences, etc.. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit as Business Purposes (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days, Multiple Entry)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan for business purposes such as business affairs, commerce, conferences, etc. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit as Academic Purposes (Stay of up to 15, 30 or 90 days, Single Entry)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan for academic purposes such as attending academic conferences, symposiums, short term study, internships, etc.. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit For Chinese National Only (Stay of up to 30 or 90 days. Multiple entry)
【Definition】 A Chinese citizen traveling to Japan for tourism, visiting relatives/acquaintances, business affairs, commerce, conferences, symposiums, short term study, internships etc. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit for Indian National Only (Stay of up to 90 days. Multiple entry)
【Definition】A Indian citizen traveling to Japan for tourism, visiting relatives/acquaintances, business affairs, commerce, conferences, symposiums, short term study, internships etc. It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
- ► For Temporary Visit For Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese (Stay of up to 30 days. Multiple entry)
【Definition】Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese citizens traveling to Japan for tourism, visiting relatives/acquaintances, business affairs, commerce, conferences, symposiums, short term study, internships etc., It is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration..
- ► For Work, Study or to Live (Apply Visa with Certificate of Eligibility)
【Definition】 A foreign citizen traveling to Japan for work, studying as a college/high school student, or to live.
- ► For Deposition
- ► For Medical Stay
- ► For Other Purposes (Please inquire by telephone or email)
15. RECEIVE YOUR PASSPORT FROM THE CONSULATE
- In person: You may pick-up your own passport any time after the “Pick up date” indicated on the receipt that issued to you when you applied in person. In order to pick up your own passport, you must bring the receipt, photo ID and visa fee (if applicable).
- By mail: If you wish to receive your own processed passport by mail, you must provide us with a Pre-Paid Self-Addressed Return Envelope and a completed Release of Liability form. If using USPS please use priority or express mail, if using another mail carrier such as UPS or FedEx please use the equivalent. Please make sure the shipping address matches your home address that listed on the application. This is mandatory for applicants who apply via mail. If you are applying in person and wish to receive your processed passport (Visa) by mail, you must submit a Pre-Paid Self-Addressed Return Envelope when you apply. Recipient’s name and address must match the information on the Visa application form.
- Proxy: If you wish for someone else to pick-up your passport on your behalf, you must submit the completed Authorization Form at the time you submit your visa application. We can release the passport only to the visa applicant or authorized proxy.
※Please note that The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, you must apply and pick up in person. If you do choose to use mail, we encourage you to keep tracking numbers. Do not contact us for checking the mailing status.
16. DOWNLOADABLE FORMS (PDF Format)
- Visa application form to Japan（査証申請用紙） [For Typing] [For Handwriting]
- Invitation Letter/Reason for Invitation（招へい理由書） [English] [日本語]
- Invitation Letter/Reason for Invitation for Multiple entries（招へい理由書~数次~） [English] [日本語]
- Letter of Guarantee（身元保証書） [English] [日本語]
- Schedule of Stay in Japan（滞在予定表） [English] [日本語]
- Overview of Company / Organization（会社・団体概要説明書） [English] [日本語]
- Authorization Form
- Reason for Multiple Entry Visa
- Release of Liability
- Pledge Form
- Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 form
17. FREQUENTLY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- Q: I have a U.S. green card. Do I still need the Visa to enter Japan?
- It depends on your nationality. If you are a National/citizen that is not visa exempt, you need a visa to enter the Japan.
- Q: I am currently reside outside of your jurisdiction. But, my hometown is in your jurisdiction. Can I apply for my visa at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago?
- No. If you are residing in outside of our jurisdiction, you must apply within the appropriate jurisdiction where you current reside. To check the location of the Embassy/Consulate-General with jurisdiction over your place of residence, please click here.
- Q: I am residing in your jurisdiction. But I am temporary outside of your jurisdiction due to travel, business, etc. Can I apply by mail from outside your of jurisdiction?
- We can’t accept applications by mails that are from outside of our jurisdiction. You must apply for your visa when you back in our jurisdiction.
- Q: I am dual Japan and U.S. citizen. Can I apply for a Japan visa?
- No. We do not issue a Japan visa to a Japanese national. Please use your Japanese passport to enter Japan. If you wish to apply for a Japan visa, you must renounce your Japanese nationality before you apply for the Japan visa.
- Q: I have a transit via Japan to a third country. Do I need the visa?
- It depends on your transit conditions. Generally, if you have no intention to enter Japan and your transit is within the same airport, on the same calendar date and you possess confirmed airline tickets to the third country, you do not need a visa. You can wait at the gate area without going through immigration.
- Q: I have criminal record. Can I apply visa?
- It depends on the criminal charge. Please submit your criminal record documents that state your charges, sentence from the court.
- Q: How can I check my visa application has been approved or not?
- We will not give the visa application status. You will see whether application has been approved or denied when you receive the processed passport from us.
- Q: How can I get a Certificate of Eligibility?
- Since we are not the issuing authority, you may ask your proxy or immigration bureau in Japan. We don’t have any detailed information about obtaining or the processing time of the Certificate of eligibility.
- Q: Why was my visa application not accepted?
- If any of the following cases apply to you, your application may not be accepted. (1) Applications from persons holding Japanese nationality. (2) The applicant reside outside of our jurisdiction. (3) You currently hold a valid Japan visa or re-entry permit. (4) Your previous visa application to visit Japan for a specific purpose was rejected and you reapply to visit Japan for the same purpose within six months from the rejection. (5) The visa application is already being processed at a different Japanese Embassy / Consulate General. (6) There are some errors or omissions in the submitted documents. (7) The period of validity or the visa attachment space of your passport is insufficient. (8) The application is made by a person who does not have the qualifications to make a proxy application. (9) An application for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility is still pending.
- Q: Why was I asked to provide additional documents?
- Sometimes additional information will be required for the examination process, and sometimes you will be asked in the process to submit extra documents in addition to the required documents. Each applicant has different conditions and circumstances, and sometimes we do not become aware of these until after the application has been accepted, therefore there are some documents that we do not ask everyone to submit from the beginning. If you do not submit the additional documents, the examination cannot be preceded any further, and you will not be able to get the visa issued.
- Q: I don’t have all required documents, will you accept the visa application?
- In order to review and exam your visa application, you must submit ALL required documents. Partial application will be rejected.
- Q: My departure date is approaching. Can you issue the visa as soon as possible?
- We process the applications fairly in the order in which we received them. Apply for the visa as soon as possible once your travel plan has been decided.
- Q: I don’t have an ordinary passport. But, I have emergency/temporary passport, travel document. Can I apply for the visa?
- We can accept it as long as the Government of Japan recognizes your emergency/temporary passport, travel document as a valid travel document.
- Q: Tell me why you rejected my visa application.
- The reason for the rejection is that your application did not meet the criteria of visa issuance. We do not give you the reason of the rejection because if we do so, the information would eventually become known to the public. Once that happened, there is a danger that some people might misappropriate such information to get around the visa examination process and try to enter Japan for illegal purposes. It would impede the proper visa examination process in the future and have negative effects on Japanese society. The Administrative Procedure Act, Article 3, Paragraph 1, Item 10 excludes "dispositions concerning departure and immigration of foreign nationals" from application of the obligation to show the examination criteria or the reasons for the rejection of the application.
- Q: Why was my visa application rejected even though a Certificate of Eligibility was issued?
- The Certificate of Eligibility does not guarantee the issuance of the visa. The certificate means that the Ministry of Justice certifies that the foreign national meets the condition of landing (entering Japan): the activity which the foreign nationals wish to engage in Japan at the time of the landing examination is not fraudulent, and the activity is qualified to acquire status of residence that is stipulated in the Immigration Control Act, etc. Therefore, in the visa examination process, we do not examine the applicability of status of residence, but some other points such as the verification of the applicant's identity and the validity of his/ her passport. A visa will not be issued, if in the process of examination, it is found that the application does not meet the criteria of visa issuance, or it is determined that the Certificate of Eligibility was issued based on mistaken or fraudulent information.
- Q: Why can't I reapply immediately after my visa application was rejected?
- We do not accept your visa application if your previous application was rejected and you will apply for the same purpose of visit within six months from the rejection. This is because if, for example, we accept the same application the day after it was rejected, the circumstances of the applicant would not change so that the result of examination would be the same. However, we sometimes accept re-applications within six months in cases where your circumstances have changed significantly after the rejection, and travel to Japan is necessary for humanitarian reasons. Consult with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply for the visa before making the application.
- Q: I want to postpone my travel. Until when is my visa valid?
- The period of validity of a single-entry visa (that becomes invalid as soon as once you enter Japan) is basically three months. Enter Japan within three months of the issuance of the visa. If you wish to postpone your travel for longer than three months, you will be required to make another visa application.
- Q: I have lost my passport with the visa in it. What should I do?
- You should submit a lost property form to the local police. If you need a new visa, you must submit an application again.
- Q: Why was my application to enter Japan rejected even though I had a valid visa?
- A visa is only one of the requirements for the application to land in Japan and it does not guarantee that you will be able to enter Japan. (There is a warning on the visa application form and your signature on the application form means you have accepted this fact.) Even if you have a valid visa, sometimes you will not be given permission to enter Japan, certainly in cases in which the person making the landing application is different to the person whose name is recorded in the passport and/or visa, and also in cases where you cannot properly explain to the immigration officer the activities you plan to engage in after entering Japan.
- Q: How will the personal information I submitted at the time of my visa application be handled?
- The personal information of the visa applicant, inviting person and guarantor will be managed appropriately in the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General based on the Act on the Protection of Personal Information Held by Administrative Organs. Also, local travel agencies that wish to handle visa applications have to get the approval by Japanese embassies /consulates, and the condition of such approval is that they have agreed to manage personal information appropriately based on the aforementioned act, under the same criteria as the outsourcing organization.
- Q: What is the legal basis for the issuance or non-issuance of my visa?
- Under the international customary law, the decision as to whether or not to issue a visa to a foreign national is determined to be a sovereign act of each country. Japanese consuls carry out the administration related to visas based on the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Article 4, Item 13, Article 7, Item 1, and Article 10, Item 2 and Item 3.
- Q: Isn't it unfair that people from countries which exempt Japanese from tourism visas, are required to get a visa to enter Japan?
- Visa exemptions are not necessarily bilateral. For example, there are many cases in which developing countries give visa exemptions to Japanese as a unilateral measure because accepting travelers from Japan is economically advantageous for those countries. However, on the other hand, if Japan gave visa exemptions to people from all of those countries, there could be a negative impact on the internal security and national interest of Japan. For example, it could lead to an increase in the number of illegal over stayers and illegal workers, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to consider visa exemptions carefully from a comprehensive perspective.
- Q: What is the scope of responsibility of the guarantor?
- The "guarantor" for the visa application is the person who makes a promise to the head of the embassy / consulate (the Japanese ambassador/ consul-general, etc.) to the effect that the visa applicant will stay legally in Japan. The responsibilities of the guarantor only entails moral responsibilities and does not entail legal responsibilities like that of the "guarantor" in the Civil Code. However, if it is recognized that the guaranteed matters (expenses for the applicant's stay in Japan, return travel expenses, compliance with laws and regulations) have not been performed, rightly that person would lose credibility as a guarantor in subsequent visa applications. However, be aware that if the guarantor or inviting person made a false statement in the documents about their relationship to the visa applicant or the purpose of visit, or if that caused terrorists to enter Japan or crime such as human trafficking, they may be held criminally responsible.
18. LINKS/OTHER INFORMATION
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Information
- Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau
- Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
- Resident Registration System for Foreign Resident in Japan
- Quarantine procedure with COVID-19
- Revised Visa application procedure (This information is valid until October 10, 2022)
19. CONTACT/INQUIRY (Email: RYOJI1@cg.mofa.go.jp)
In order to receive a reply to your email inquiry, please give us the following information. Please note that we will not reply for visa application status inquires.
- Your full name
- Your current address
- Contact phone number
- U.S. visa status and expiry date of your current U.S. visa (Only for non U.S. citizen)
- Detailed purpose of visit to Japan
- Intended Length of stay in Japan
- The name of the country that you intend to enter after Japan
How long does it take for a Japanese visa to be approved? ›
The time required from visa application to visa issuance is 5 working days from the day following the date of receipt of the application, provided that there is no particular problem with the content of application. It may take lesser time depending on the Embassy/Consulate General and the purpose of visit.Is Japan Open for visa application now? ›
Visa Application Procedures
Click on the nationality of the visa applicant traveling to Japan. Visa exemption arrangements have been resumed from 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022.
You can also track your visa application status online. Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Japan Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.Do I need an appointment for Japan visa? ›
◎ We are not accepting walk-in visits at this time. ◎ If you need to visit our office to apply for a visa or japanese passport, please follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment prior to your visit. Visitors without an appointment may not enter our office.How do I get a visa for Japan in 2022? ›
- 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.
Visa Free Travel for U.S. Citizen Tourists
Beginning October 11, 2022, individual tourists may visit Japan. At that time, tourists with U.S. passports will no longer need visas for short-term visits (up to three months).
Yes, visa free tourism resumed October 11, 2022.
Travelers who are unsure of their eligibility to travel to Japan should contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for additional information.
The fees for Japan visas are as follows: For a single-entry visa: 3,000 Yen. For a double-entry or multiple-entry visa: 6,000 Yen. For a transit visa: 700 Yen.How much bank balance is required for Japan visa? ›
Stayed in Japan for 8 days, at least 50,000 balance in bank certificate. Applied for 15 days max – at least Php 70,000 available balance.How do I know if my visa is approved? ›
Check the Status of Your Visa
You can check the status of your application any time at this website: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx.
How long does it take for a visa to be approved? ›
If you are eligible for the 'Interview Waiver Program' and submit your application by courier without attending an interview. Visa processing takes approximately 21 workdays from the date on which the application is received by the Embassy. A further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for the return of your passport.How can check my visa status? ›
- Visit the official visa website of the country of visit.
- Find the option of tracking the visa application status.
- Enter the acknowledgement number or passport number and the date of birth.
- Following that, enter the captcha code and click 'submit'.
On average, waiting times for an appointment are around two to three weeks – under normal conditions.How do I book an appointment for Japan visa? ›
Visit your chosen Japanese Embassy or Consulate's website for instructions on how to make an appointment. Most will have an online system that you can use in order to make a suitable appointment in order to submit your file.How long after visa appointment Do you get visa? ›
If you are found eligible to receive a visa on the day of the interview you should allow approximately 10-15 working days for your application to be processed.Is it easy to get Japan visa? ›
-It is now so much easier and faster - Getting a Japanese visa. - Quick & Simple -Requires minimum 4 working days (excluding the day of application submission) to complete the visa process. -Easy to understand process of visa application (details are available on visa application centre's (VFS) website).Which countries can enter Japan without visa? ›
|Denmark*||Dominican Republic||El Salvador|
A passport and onward/return transportation ticket are required. Visas are not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days.Can I enter Japan as a US citizen? ›
You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. You cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry.How many types of visa are there in Japan? ›
There are about 30 types of visa in Japan and the requirements as well as the authorized activities are different for each of them.
What is the best month to go to Japan? ›
The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). This is when Japan is at its most vibrant, with delicate cherry blossom or bright red leaves adding contrast to the scenery.Does Japan accept rapid Covid test? ›
For travel to Japan, we recommend selecting a Rapid RT-PCR or Rapid NAAT Molecular test to avoid delays in receiving the Certificate of Testing.How do I get an ERFS certificate? ›
Your visit needs to be arranged with a Japanese travel agency. The travel agency will issue your visa sponsorship certificate (called ERFS). You take this ERFS certificate to your local Japanese Consulate to receive your tourist visa.What documents do I need for Japan visa? ›
- Japan Visa Application Form.
- Your passport.
- Passport-size picture.
- Flight itinerary.
- Daily itinerary.
- Proof of accommodation.
- Proof of financial solvency.
- Letter of invitation.
For Japan visa, only a bank certificate is required. For Australian visa and Canadian visa, only a bank statement is required. For Korean visa, Chinese visa, Schengen visa and many other visas, BOTH a bank certificate AND a bank statement are required.Which is the most difficult visa to get? ›
It's one of the most difficult countries to get access to and acquire a visa. One will need to apply for the visa through a tourist agency, which provides state-approved tours. Those from South Korea or with an American passport, are not eligible for this country's visa.
The Japan visa requirements for Indians have become pretty straightforward, with typically a processing period of 4 working days at VFS Japan – the official visa application centre for the Japan Embassy in India.How long does visa approval take? ›
The entire visa application processing takes somewhere between two weeks and four months, depending on the type of visa. Please check what visa category you are going to need to have enough time left for the application process. Additional factors.How much money do I need to show for Japan visa? ›
Applying for a Japanese Tourist Visa having less than Php 10,000/day balance may be approved, as evidenced by legit testimonials from some of my friends who traveled Japan recently, to wit: 6D5N Japan Trip with 40,000 bank balance. Stayed in Japan for 8 days, at least 50,000 balance in bank certificate.Does British citizen need visa for Japan? ›
The visa waiver system has been reactivated from 11 October, which means that short-term visitors with British citizen passports no longer need to obtain a visa prior to travelling. This includes those coming for tourism and to visit family and friends.
What documents are required for Japan visa? ›
- A clear photocopy of "Certificate for completion of registration to the ERFS system" is compulsory.
- Visa application form.
- Original Passport along with a photocopy of bio pages.
- Invitation letter.
- Guarantee letter.
- Schedule of stay.
- Declaration form.
- Last 3 months bank statement of Indian company.
You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov. If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on usvisas.state.gov.Why are visas denied in Japan? ›
Previous Visa Violations. If you were granted a Visa in Japan but have not followed the rules like overstayed or worked under your tourist visa, then you may get denied on your next application. Related questions are asked in the Application Form, and you must answer them honestly.Can visa processing time 2022? ›
Processing times for Canadian citizenship applications
By the end of 2022, IRCC projects it will be processing 75 percent of applications within 12 months of receipt.
The time needed for consular processing varies from case to case and whether or not your sponsor is a U.S. citizen or green card holder, but you can expect to complete the process in 9-13 months if you're the spouse of a U.S. citizen and 18.5-32.5 months if you're the spouse of a lawful permanent resident.Why are visas taking so long? ›
We've established that visa wait times grow because there is a statutory limit on the number of green cards the government may issue each year. But there's more. In addition to that, U.S. immigration law says no more than seven percent of all immigrant visas can be given to people of one country in a given year.How much bank balance is required for Japan? ›
How Much Bank Balance Required to Get Student Visa for Japan? In order to get a student visa for Japan, the sponsorer must have enough savings bank balance of 1600000 YEN. This is the ideal amount that should be reflected in the bank statement.How much bank statement is required for Japan? ›
Copies of the applicant's official bank statement for the last three months with a current balance (the current balance must show sufficient funds for the trip to Japan).How do I book an appointment for Japan visa? ›
Visit your chosen Japanese Embassy or Consulate's website for instructions on how to make an appointment. Most will have an online system that you can use in order to make a suitable appointment in order to submit your file.How long can I stay in Japan without a visa? ›
A passport and onward/return transportation ticket are required. Visas are not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days.
Which countries can enter Japan without visa? ›
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