August 10, 2022


As a precautionary emergency measure in response to the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus infection, the validity of visas issued prior to December 2, 2021 has been suspended from 0:00 AM (JST) on December 2, 2021 except for those who have obtained the status of residence as "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident", or "Diplomat".

All foreign nationals who wish to travel to Japan must obtain a visa before entering the country, except for those with re-entry permit. In principle, visas are issued to those with "special exceptional circumstances" (only single entry visa is issued).

With regards to visa inquiries, you can contact “the Japan Visa Information Hotline” listed on the website of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan. Due to the complex nature of visa requirements, we are UNABLE to respond to visa-related inquiries made through this website at the moment. We advise you to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan nearest you for more information and advice.

If you are a foreign national, please click the links below for specific information related to respective subjects.

1. Visa Application Procedures

Short-Term Stay

(A stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include remunerative activities)

Click on the nationality of the visa applicant traveling to Japan.

Countries or Regions that require a visa to enter Japan
  • China
  • Russia
  • CIS countries, Georgia
  • Philippines
  • Viet Nam
  • Other Nationalities
Procedures chart for short-term stay (tourism, business, visiting relatives, etc)
Countries or Regions that do not require a visa to enter Japan
  • Countries or Regions for Visa Exemptions
Online visa application (Canada and the United States of America)
  • Online visa application (Japan eVISA)

Work or Long-Term Stay

(A stay during which the applicant performs remunerative work in Japan or a stay of over 90 days in Japan, etc.)

Visa for Medical Stay

Visa Exemptions for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders

3. Visa Application Documents (download)

5. Announcements

6. Inquiries about Visas Application

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information

Yotsuya Tower 13F, 1-6-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0004 Navi-Dial: 0570-011000
(For some IP phones and calls from overseas, please call +81-3-5363-3013)
Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00

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