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Visa and Travel Information

2022/11/22

The Embassy in Washington DC only accepts visa applications and visa inquiries from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia residents. For residents of other states, please refer to the List of Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.
 

Visa Information
Information on Border Measures

 

Visa Information

Who needs a visa?

Please note that ALL entrants (including people from visa waiver countries and regions) are still required to upload either a pre-departure COVID-19 test result or a valid vaccine certificate through Visit Japan Web: See “Information on Border Measures.”
The Visa Waiver Program applies based on your nationality, NOT on your U.S. residence status. 
The temporary suspension of validity of single entry visas and multiple entry visas (including APEC Business Travel Cards) issued before December 1, 2021 has been lifted. Your visa or APEC card must not be expired when you enter Japan.

 

 
Types of Travel
Visa Requirements

U.S. Citizens

Short-term stay (less than 90 days)
Tourism, business (without paid activities), conference, or study

NOT Required

COE(Certificate of Eligibility) holders (stay in Japan more than 90 days)
News media related activities
Attending depositions
Diplomatic/official mission or transit

Required

Non-U.S. Citizens
Visa Exemption Countries and Regions (List)

Short-term stay (less than 90 days)
Tourism, business (without paid activities), conference, or study

NOT Required

Non-Visa Exemption Countries and Regions
Required

 
 

Visa Validity

Type of Visa
Validity
Note

Single Entry
3 months
You must enter Japan within this time frame. We will not accept any visa applications more than 3 months before your departure date.

Double-Entry Transit
4 months
It can be used twice (once on the way to your destination and once on the return trip) to complete a round trip.

Double-Entry 
6 months
It can be used twice. 

Multiple Entry
1 to 5 years depending on the visa
Multiple entry visas can be issued to citizens of countries and regions that Japan has bilateral agreements with. Maximum stay at a time is decided as either 30 days or 90 days depending on the visa.

 

Processing Time

In general, it takes 5 business days to issue a visa. (ex., If you apply on Monday, you can pick up a visa next Monday. Our holidays are not counted as “business days.”)
It may take more than one month depending on the visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa approximately 1.5 months before your departure date. We do NOT have expedited services.

General Rules for Visa Application

DMV residents only

The Embassy in Washington DC only accepts visa applications and visa inquiries from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia residents.
For residents of other states, please refer to the List of Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.

5 business days

It takes at least 5 business days to have your visa issued. We do NOT have expedited services.

No mail application

Applicants need to visit the Embassy in person. The Embassy will NOT accept any applications by mail.

No B-1/B-2 visa holder

We do not accept any applications from U.S. B-1 and B-2 visa holders.

Proxy/Authorization Form

In principle, applicants need to visit the Embassy in person, however, if it is not possible, applicants (including minors) may authorize a proxy.
To authorize a proxy for application drop off/pickup, the applicant MUST fill out Authorization Form and have the proxy submit the original form to the Embassy along with his/her ID card (electronic signatures are invalid).
Applications for diplomatic/official visas submitted by a representative of their organizations do NOT need to submit authorization forms.

Your passport

We will keep passports while processing visa applications.
No 6 months rules.
Your passport must have at least 1.5 blank pages left.

 

Types of Visas & Application Documents

Please click on the applicable box below to see application documents on each visa. 
If you intend to stay in Japan more than 90 days, please click on the “COE Holders” box.

 

     
 

Application drop-off/pick-up Hours

No appointment required.
Please check our holidays before visiting. 
No parking available.
The Embassy will NOT accept any applications by mail.

Location
Embassy of Japan Consular Section:

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.,

Washington, DC 20008

Application Drop-off Hours
Monday-Friday 9:15am – 12:00pm

VISA Pick-up Hours
Monday-Friday  1:30pm – 4:00pm

 

Fees

US citizens are exempt from visa fees. (Some countries and regions are also exempt from visa fees. Please check the Visa Fee Exempt list to find out if your visa fee is waived. )
Payment is due at the time of PICK-UP. 
We accept CASH only (Please prepare cash in the exact amount). We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.

Type of Visa     
Fees

Single Entry Visa
$28

Double and Multiple Entry Visa
$56

Transit Visa (Including Double-Entry Transit)  
$6

Indian Passport Holder
Single, Double, and Multiple Entry Visa  
$8

Transit Visa
$1

Extension of Re-entry Permit*

 (Only available for “Re-entry Permit” not for “Special Re-entry Permit”)
$28

Information on Border Measures

COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan

ALL entrants (including people from visa waiver countries and regions) are still required to upload either a pre-departure COVID-19 test result or a valid vaccine certificate through Visit Japan Web (Fast Track/My SOS system has been integrated into Visit Japan Web).
There are no quarantine requirements after entering Japan.

Visit Japan Web:

Additional Information: 

Border Control Measures Japan
COVID-19 Negative Test Result Certificate before departure
Valid vaccination certificate
List of Local Travel Clinics/Medical Clinics that can issue a Negative Certificate (DC, MD, VA)

 

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

Prevention

Measures
General Etiquette
Accommodation

Dinning
Transportation
Sightseeing

Shopping

Mask Use
Insurance

Before Travel
Insurance

After Entrance
If you feel ill
If infected

COVID-19

 

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Contact

 

JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE
1-888-704-4459

English: 24 hours/7 days a week
Vietnamese: Mon-Fri 10:30 AM – 7:15 PM (JST)
Russian: Mon-Fri 3:00 PM – 11:45 PM (JST)

​* This hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in the U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)

* If you are calling from the U.S., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
81-3-3595-2176

Available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
9 AM – 9 PM (JST)

​* This hotline is designated for inquiries on COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan and the Optional Relaxations of Activity Restrictions During Self-Quarantine.

The Embassy of Japan in USA
(202) 238-6800

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Recommended Information

Consular Section: Embassy of Japan, 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Office Hours:Application Drop-off/ M-F 9:15am-12:00pm Visa Pick-up/ M-F 1:30pm-4:00pm
Contact Us:202-238-6800/ M-F 9:00am-5:00pm
Japan Visa Information Hotline (English available)1-888-704-4459 Domestic call fee applies, 24hours, 7days/week

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