|Who requires a visa?
Depending on the length of stay and nationality, either a tourist or
student visa may be required:
Nationals of the following countries may not require visas for stays
up to 6 months:
Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, United
No visa may be required for stays of 90 days or less:
Japan, Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Bahamas, Chile, Colombia,
Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,
Suriname, Uruguay, Barbados, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark,
Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia,
Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Andorra, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania,
Monaco, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey, Lesotho,
14 days or less:
Visas are highly recommended for nationals of Malaysia and Peru
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran
Note: Nationals of countries that have concluded visa
exemption arrangements with Japan for stays of up to six months in
principle are granted permission to stay in Japan for 90 days at the
time of landing. Nationals of these countries who wish to stay in
Japan for more than 90 days must apply at their nearest immigration
authority in Japan for an extension of their period of stay.
Whether or not they hold a visa, visitors who do not possess visible
means of support for their stay, onward or return tickets and other
documents for their next destination may be refused entry.
What documents will be required?
The following documents must be submitted whatever the purpose of
Two 45mm x 45mm passport-type photos taken within the previous six
months (stateless persons must submit three photos)
Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy or
documents certifying the purpose of the visit (see the accompanying
A copy of a certificate of admission from the educational
institution where the person concerned intends to study.
documents certifying that the person concerned can defray all
expenses incurred during the stay in Japan
Time required to issue visa:
Usually 2-7 days
Note: In the case of applications that require inquiries to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for example, applications for work or
study visas that are not accompanied by a Certificate of
Eligibility), it usually takes two to three months or even longer,
so in such cases please allow plenty of leeway
What is the cost of a visa?
Single-entry: 3,000 yen / US$25
Double or multiple-entry: 6,000 yen / US$50
Note: Visa fees vary depending on nationality. Check with the
nearest Consulate for further information
How long is the visa valid for?
Depending on Nationality, students usually receive a 1 year visa.
This is usually determined by the course duration. Extension for
student visa's are usually possible.
Temporary Visitor visas for tourism purposes are normally valid for
a stay of up to 3 months (extensions for another 3 months granted at
the discretion of Immigration Department in Japan), and
Employment/Working visas (including intra-company transfer visas)
for a period of up to 3 years.
Any foreigner wishing to enter or land in Japan must possess a valid
passport and a student visa obtained from an embassy or consulate.
A student visa cannot be acquired after arriving in Japan.
It is not permitted to work in Japan under a student visa.
Nationals who are permitted to stay for 6 months will initially be
granted a stay of up to 3 months and may then apply, while in Japan,
to the local Immigration Department for an extension of a further 3
Such extensions are at the discretion of the immigration authorities
in Japan and may not be granted. For further information contact the
Consulate (or Consular Section at Embassy).
information on this page has been carefuly investigated. However the
information is provided without any warranty.