Under Japan's Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition
Act (hereafter referred to as the Immigration Control Act),
it is stipulated that any foreigner wishing to enter or
land in Japan must possess a valid passport and a visa obtained
from an embassy or consulate. In other words, when foreigners
apply to an Immigration Inspector (immigration officer)
at a port of entry or departure (hereafter referred to as
a port of entry) of an airport or seaport for an examination
for landing, one of the conditions that they must meet is
possession of a valid visa.
In principle, foreigners wishing to enter Japan are required
to apply at an overseas Japanese diplomatic establishment
(embassy or consulate) for a visa to be stamped in or attached
to their passport valid for travel to Japan. Unless you
are from a country such as the United States or Canada,
which has a tourist visa agreement with Japan, you must
obtain a visa before entering Japan.
Register at the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate in
your country and receive a certificate of eligibility (actually
a stamp in your passport indicating the proposed status).
You must arrive in Japan within three months of the date
of issuance. It is extremely important that you have this
stamp when entering Japan; otherwise you will probably be
asked many questions upon arrival and sent back home on
the next flight. There are different requirements for different
nationalities, so make sure you find out all the relevant
information for your own case (for example, U.S. citizens
do not have to apply for a tourist visa at a Japanese embassy
in the U.S. since they are automatically granted a ninety-day
visa upon entering Japan; but make sure this rule is still
in effect before you leave).
If you are already in Japan under a tourist visa you must
leave the country in order to change the status of your
visa. Foreign nationals used to go to the Japanese embassy
in Seoul, Korea, since that is the embassy closest to Japan.
Lately, Japanese immigration has been enforcing the rule
that one must obtain the visa from an embassy or consulate
general in one¡¯s own country. Therefore, unless you are
Korean, going to Seoul may not be a good idea. It all depends
on how busy the immigration officials are and what mood
they are in. American citizens should keep in mind that
there is a Japanese consulate in Guam.
Here we list some general information on Japan Visas; if
you have any other questions please contact your local embassy
or consulate for the most up-to-date information.
of Visa Issuance
Kinds of Japan Visas
Frequently Visa Questions
Nationals of Countries and Areas with Visa Exemption Arrangements
Special Residency Requests
- General Visa
- Specified Visa
- Transit Visa
- Student's Visa
or Working Visa