Japan is an exciting place for tourists who want to see big cities and stunning landscapes, and experience the rich food culture. Requirements for a Japan visa may include passport photos, financial statements, and even a marriage certificate. Typically, entering Japan as a foreign national requires a traveler's visa, but it may seem like a hassle if you have to go to the consulate or embassy to apply for a visa.
In April 2020, Japan will release its e-Visa program designed to help tourists get a visa online. Requirements for a visa include a valid passport and a departure ticket. Find out more below.
Basic Requirements: The Japanese e-Visa
The successive Q&A is based on the current rules and regulations of visa applications for Japan. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back in April 2020 to find out updated information on the Japanese e-Visa.
Do I need an e-Visa to go to Japan?
It depends on your travel circumstances. The citizens of 68 countries can go to Japan without a visa for up to 90 days, including all European Union countries. All other nationalities will need a visa to enter Japan, like many African and Middle Eastern countries.
If you are visa-exempt but are going for a reason other than a personal vacation, you may need to apply for an e-Visa to be able to enter Japan. For example, if you go to Japan for educational purposes, you're most likely going to need a relevant visa.
e-Visa Application for Japan: Information to Prepare
To apply for an e-Visa and pass through customs when you enter Japan, you will be required to have or show the following:
- Passport - Must be valid for 6 months or more.
- Departure Ticket - Your outbound flight ticket is a valid departure ticket.
- Hotel or Lodging Reservation - A reservation page works.
- Color Passport Picture - Do not use a black and white photo.
- Finances for Your Trip - A certified bank statement may be required.
- Application Payment Method - We can accept major credit cards and PayPal.
The Japan e-Visa: Price, Processing, Duration, and Expiry
Processing Speeds and Fees for e-Visas to Japan
Current processing at an embassy or a consulate could take a few weeks based on your status. We offer a few processing speeds for e-Visas: Standard, Rush, and Super Rush. Super Rush will get you your e-Visa the quickest.
For each processing speed, there will be a different fee. This will affect the final cost of your visa.
The Cost of an e-Visa
Until the e-Visa program is ready, we can only assume that the Japanese e-Visa will cost about the same amount as the current standard visa. Based on the choices you decide on, you are likely to pay between $6 and $175 USD during the application process.
Japan e-Visas: Length of Stay and Expiration Date
There is a different time limit for each type of visa. Generally, tourist visas will remain valid for up to 90 days from the day you enter Japan. There are other visas that will let you stay beyond 90 days.
Make sure you schedule your trip to Japan before the expiry date so you can use your visa. Most e-Visas will remain valid for up to 90 days from issuance.
Once Japan's e-Visa program begins, iVisa will be ready to release the e-Visa online application so you can use your smartphone, laptop, computer, or tablet to apply in a convenient and secure manner.
Obtaining a visa shouldn't be difficult. Bookmark this page and come back in April 2020 to get your Japan e-Visa easily and safely.