VISA

September 14, 2022

(1) ELIGIBILITY

Q1: I have a U.S. passport and reside in Canada. Can I apply for an eVISA for Japan?

A1: No. At the moment, the eVisa is only applicable for Canadian nationals residing in Canada, holders of Taiwan passport who reside in Taiwan and American nationals residing in the U.S.. Canadian nationals living in the U.S. and American nationals residing in Canada are not eligible to apply on JAPAN eVISA. You will need to apply at our overseas establishment nearest you.

Q2: Can a Green card holder apply for an eVISA?

A2: No. A Green card holder is not considered U.S. national.

Q3: I would like to visit Japan for sightseeing. Can I apply for visa?

A3: Yes. Foreign nationals who join a group tour (regardless of being accompanied by a tour conductor or not) can apply for a visa.

Q4: I am trying to get a visa to attend friend’s Wedding. Can I apply for a visa on JAPAN eVISA?

A4: No. You are not eligible to apply on JAPAN eVISA for the purpose of visiting acquaintances. Please contact our overseas establishment nearest you.

(2) TYPES OF THE VISA

Q5: What types of visa can I apply on JAPAN eVISA?

A5: You can apply for Short-Term Stay visa for the purpose of business, various exchanges, visiting relatives, or tourism up to 90 days. You must not be engaged in remunerative activities.

Q6: I am planning to travel from the U.S. to another country transiting in Japan.

I would like to spend a night outside the airport. Can I get a transit visa?

A6: No. Transit visas are not issued for the moment.

Q7: I am planning to visit Japan several times. Can I get a multiple-entry visa?

A7: No. You can’t apply for multiple-entry visa on eVISA. Please contact our overseas establishment nearest you.

Q8: How long will the eVISA be valid?

A8: The eVisa is valid for 3 months from the next day of issuance.

(3) UPLOADING DOCUMENTS

Q9: What kind of documents do I need to apply for a visa on eVISA?

A9: Please refer to the online application website: Online visa application for visiting JapanOpen a New Window

Documents required:
Applicants who will visit Japan for business, various exchanges, or tourism (guided tour only)
  • Copy of a passport
  • Facial image
  • "Certificate for Completion of Registration issued by the ERFS"
Applicants who will visit Japan for visiting relatives
  • Copy of passport
  • Facial image
  • Letter of invitation, etc. (note3)
  • Documents to prove kinship

(Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, certified copy of the family register, etc.)
(note3) Those foreign nationals who apply for a Short-Term Stay visa as spouse or child of a Japanese national / permanent resident /”Long-Term Resident” don’t need to submit an Invitation Letter. However, please submit the same document which has been submitted to prove kinship.

Q10: Where can I find the letter of invitation?

A10: You can find the letter of invitation on the following website:
Online visa application (Nationals of Canada and the United States of America)

Q11: My wife is Japanese and I would like to visit her family in Japan. What documents do I need to apply for a visa as a spouse of Japanese national?

A11: Please upload either family register (Koseki Tohon) or marriage certificate.

Q12: I am visiting Japan with my Japanese wife who is living in the U.S. Do I need a letter of invitation?

A12: No. You don’t need a letter of invitation. However please upload the same document which has been submitted to prove kinship.

Q13: The documents to prove kinship should be issued within 3months?

A13: Yes. The document should be issued within 3 months.

Q14: What kind of photo can be uploaded for facial image?

A14: Clear shot of your entire face horizontally centered in the photo with plain background. It must not be textured. It should be taken within 6 months.

(4) OTHERS

Q15: I am Japanese and my fiancé is a U.S. national. He would like to be in Japan for my baby delivery.
Can he apply for a visa on JAPAN eVISA?

A15: No. He will need to apply for a visa at our overseas establishment.

Q16: Can I apply for an eVISA for my colleague?

A16: If the application is made by a proxy instead of the applicant himself/herself, a letter of authorization (optional format) stating that the visa application work is entrusted to the proxy should be submitted.
Please note that application by proxy is acceptable only if an applicant has some kind of difficulties in applying for an eVISA by themselves and the proxy can support by the applicant to display “visa issuance notice “ when checking in at the airport.

Q17: How long will it take to process my application once I’ve submitted?

A17: It will take approximately 5 working days after acceptance of your application as long as there is no particular problem with the content of application.

Q18: I live in the U.S. Do I need to pay a fee?

A18: Nationals of the U.S. are exempt from visa fee.

Q19: I live in Canada. Do I need to pay a fee?

A19: Nationals of Canada are exempt from visa fee.

Q20: I live in Taiwan. Do I need to pay a fee?

A20: Holders of Taiwan passport are not exempt from visa fee.

Q21: I’m not sure if my application was completed. What should I do?

A21: To check the status of your application, please see the “status” of the “Application information” on “Visa Application list “of the JAPAN eVISA website. If the status says “Application not made”, please click on the orange arrow which says “Application”. The status will change to “Application in progress”

Q22: I don’t have any mobile device which I can display “visa issuance notice” at the airport. What should I do?

A22: This eVisa system is not available for applicant who cannot display “Visa issuance notice” on the mobile device at the airport. (Print-out or screenshot of the page is not accepted.)
Please visit our overseas establishment nearest you.

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