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Visa Information

2022/6/14

For people who plan to enter Japan from the United States

All foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa (except for those who have a valid re-entry permit). We currently do not issue any individual tourist visas or transit visas.
From 0:00 am (JST) April 8th, 2022, the visa exemption measures for the U.S. has been suspended.

Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC ONLY accepts visa applications and visa inquiries from DC, MD, and VA residents. For residents in other states, please contact the Consulate of Japan which has jurisdiction over your residential address:List of Embassy/Consulate in the U.S.

Please email us for inquiries related to eligibility to enter Japan and visa application documents. Our email address and requirements for receiving a response can be found in the section below titled: Eligibility to Enter Japan and Visa Application Documents.)

 
> Eligibility to Enter Japan and Visa Application Documents (please click here)

Foreign nationals who fall under the cases below are eligible to enter Japan and can apply for a visa.

Details can be found at Exceptional Circumstances.

1. Spouse or child of a “Japanese national” (less than 90 days stay)

・For a spouse/child of a Japanese national, please submit all documents listed here.
・For a former Japanese national, please submit all documents listed here.

2.Foreign nationals who have a Certificate of Eligibility (COE):

・please submit all documents listed here.

3. Foreign nationals who enter Japan for visiting their relative(s) who has a Japanese residence card or who is a SOFA member (less than 90 days stay):

・please submit all documents listed here.

4. Foreign nationals who enter Japan for a business trip (less than 90 days stay):

・please submit all documents listed here.

5. Foreign nationals who enter Japan for a diplomatic/official purpose:

・please refer to this page.

6. Foreign nationals who enter Japan for visiting their acquaintances (less than 90 days stay)

・For visiting acquaintance(s), only a foreign national who have a relationship to him/her equivalent to a relative, or who is recognized his/her necessity to visit Japan can apply for a visa. Examples:

・Visiting Betrothed in Japan
・Visiting a partner of common-law marriage
・Visiting Japan to attend a wedding or a funeral
・Visiting an acquaintance residing in Japan who is critically ill

・To inquiry necessary documents to apply for a visa to visit acquaintances, Please email the Consular Section (visa2@ws.mofa.go.jp only for DC, MD and VA residents) with explaining 1) Your resident state in the US, 2) your nationality (if you are not US citizen, please also write your US visa), 3) reason/purpose to go to Japan, 4) relationship with you and your inviter in Japan, 5) duration of stay, 6) intended date to enter Japan. Please note that we will NOT reply to your email if your email does not explain all (1)-(6). Please allow us a few days to reply to your email.

7. Foreign nationals who have a valid/expired re-entry permit

・Foreign nationals with Status of Residence (regardless of its category) who have departed from Japan with a valid Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit. Those foreign nationals do NOT need to apply for a visa to enter Japan.
・Foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on or before August 31, 2020 with a valid Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit, but have been unable to re-enter Japan because the validity of their permit has expired after their departure from Japan or those Certificate of Eligibility have either expired or are about to expire, please refer to this link: Entry from Overseas (Immigration Services Agency of Japan) and Handling of foreign nationals planning to enter Japan.
・Foreign nationals with the status of “Special Permanent Resident” are NOT subject to Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Therefore, they will not be denied permission to enter Japan based on Japan’s Border Control Measures Related to COVID-19.

8. Foreign nationals who enter Japan for tourism (package-tour) (less than 90 days stay) (only when a travel agency organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (start from June10)

・Please contact your travel agency.

9. Humanitarian reasons/Public interests

・Foreign nationals who do not fall above categories but believe they are under exceptional circumstances such as humanitarian reasons (e.g., under life threaten conditions and need medical treatments in Japan) /public interests, please email us: visa2@ws.mofa.go.jp (only for DC, MD and VA residents).

> Visa Application at the Embassy in DC (please click here)

The Embassy in Washington DC only accepts visa applications and visa inquiries from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia residents. For residents in other states, please refer to the List of Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.
Visa Application drop-off (Morning ONLY) : 9:15am to 12:00pm (We do not offer mailing services)
Visa Pick-up (Afternoon ONLY) : 13:30 pm to 4:00 pm (We do not offer mailing services)
No appointment required
No parking available for visa applicants
Monday-Friday (Please check our holidays here)
In principle, a visa applicant should come to the Embassy in person with the exception of applications submitted for diplomatic/official passport holders through a representative of their organization. However, if an applicant is unable to visit the Embassy in person, then an applicant can authorize a proxy; please submit an original Authorization Form (Electronic signatures are invalid).
In general, it takes 5 business days to issue a visa. Please note that it may take up to one month due to COVID-related restrictions. We do NOT have expedite services. 
Visas are only valid for 3 months (single entry). We will not accept any visa applications more than 3 months before your departure date. We recommend that you contact us or apply for a visa approximately 1.5 months before your departure date.
Please note that in principle we do not accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.

> COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan (please click here)

Getting international travel medical insurance for your trip to Japan is strongly recommended.
COVID-19 Mask Use in Community Settings (for Adults / for Children)
Those who intend to enter Japan (including Japanese nationals) are required to follow COVID-19 mitigation requirements listed as follows;

Border Control Measures Japan
Frequently asked questions

1. PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING (Negative Test Result)

You are required to obtain an inspection certificate (negative test result) before departing the U.S. for Japan (the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure). You will be denied entry into Japan if you fail to submit the certificate upon your arrival to Japan (Therefore, airlines will not give you permission to board an aircraft departing for Japan without the certificate).

COVID-19 Negative Test Result Certificate before departure
Requirements for Certificate of Testing for Entering Japan
FAQ for Confirmation of Certificate of testing for COVID-19
Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 [Form]*
List of Local Travel Clinics/Medical Clinics that can issue a Negative Certificate (DC, MD, VA)

Notes on the requirements of the certificate:

In principle, you are strongly recommended to use the designated form, however, other forms of certificates are also acceptable only if it includes all required information.
For the designated form: Although the designated form reads “signature by doctor,” any authorized medical personnel, including but not limited to doctors and nurses, can sign the certificate if it is issued in the United States.
For other forms of certificates: Medical institution/laboratory’s letterhead and an authorized healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, etc.)’s printed name can be substituted for the imprint of a seal/doctor’s signature if it is issued in the United States.

2. SUBMISSION OF A WRITTEN PLEDGE

You will be asked to pledge your compliance to several mitigation measures indicated in the Written Pledge form.

3. CARRYING A SMARTPHONE AND INSTALLING NECESSARY APPs

Regarding the use of apps following your arrival (Summary / Details)

4. SUBMISSION OF QUESTIONNAIRE

You will need to register necessary information (ex. your contact details, travel history, health condition) prior to entry into Japan.

Registration can be found HERE.

Visitors entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport can submit those documents 1-4 listed below and a vaccine certificate by online. Please check here for this pre-registration (Fast Track). Visitors can also submit the necessary information for immigration and customs procedures to enter Japan through “Visit Japan Web.”
For inquiries on COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan and the Optional Relaxations, please contact The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan:

+81-3-3595-2176 (Services are available in the following languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. 9 am – 9 pm JST)

> Mandatory/Self Quarantines After Arrival in Japan (please click here)

Q&A on the New Measures for Border Enforcement (27)

1. SHORTENING SELF-QUARANTINE

(On and after June 1st 2022)​ Testing at a Japanese airport and a mandatory/self-quarantine will not be required for entrants from countries and regions classified as “Blue” regardless of ​their vaccination status. The U.S. is classified as “Blue”: Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel

2. RELAXATION OF ACTIVITY RESTRICTION DURING SELF-QUARANTINE

On and after June 1st 2022, entrants from countries and regions classified as “Blue,” regardless of vaccination status, can use public transportation without any restrictions.

Visitors entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport can submit those documents 1-4 listed above “STEP 3” and a vaccine certificate online. Please check here for this pre-registration (Fast Track).

Transiting through Japan: Currently we are not issuing any transit visas, and travelers cannot go through the immigration & customs area at an airport in Japan without a valid visa. Please contact your airlines to confirm that you will NOT go through the immigration & customs area in Japan. If you need to go through the immigration & customs area at the airport in Japan, which is currently prohibited, you must reschedule your flights. If you do not need to go through the immigration & customs area, which means that you are not entering Japan, then you do not need a visa and do not need to submit COVID-19 test result. 

Visa Fee

Type of Visa
Fees (APR 1, 2022 – MAR 31, 2023)
Fees (APR 1, 2021 – MAR 31, 2022)

Single entry visa
$28
$28

Double and Multiple entry visa
$56
$56

Transit visa
$6
$6

Indian Passport Holder
Single, Double, and Multiple entry visa
$8
$8

Transit visa
$1
$1

Extension of Re-entry Permit
$28
$28

Visa Fee Exempt Countries

* US citizens are exempt from visa fees.

* Payment is due at the time of PICKUP. We accept CASH only. We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.

* Visa fees are revised each year on April 1st.

Contact

For Tourist/transit visa or other general questions: Japan Visa Information Hotline* (1-888-704-4459)
For Quarantine Measures questions: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan(81-3-3595-2176)
For Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit or COE questions: Immigration Services Agency of Japan (81-570-013904)

For Entry Visa or visa procedures (DC, MD, VA residents only):

Embassy of Japan in the USA

Consular Section

TEL: 202-238-6800

*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.

* This Hotline can only answer general questions regarding visas.

* The Hotline will not connect you to the Embassy Visa Office. If you need to contact the Embassy in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Embassy directly at 202-238-6800 during office hours.

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