The Japan Visa | Processing Time for the Application

The Japan Visa | Processing Time for the Application

iVisa | Updated on Jan 01, 2021

The processing time for a Japan visa can range from 2 days to 5 days or more depending on how you apply for the visa. Going to the embassy or consulate-general will most likely take 5 days to process if you are going as a temporary visitor. Diplomats and Official visas tend to be processed within two days.


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.

The Japan e-Visa: Processing Time, How Much, Duration, and Expiry

Processing Speeds and Fees for e-Visas to Japan

Current processing at an embassy or a consulate could take around a week or more 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.

Each processing speed has a specific fee. This will affect the final cost of your visa.

e-Visa Pricing

Until the e-Visa program is ready, we can assume that Japanese e-Visas will cost about the same amount as the standard visas cost. Based on the choices you decide on, you are likely to pay between $6 and $175 USD during the e-Visa 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 land in Japan. There are other visas that will be good 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.

Basic Requirements: The Japanese e-Visa

The successive Q&A mentions 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 varies depending on the circumstances of your travel. Sixty-eight countries’ residents can go to Japan without a visa for up to 90 days, including nationals of the EU countries. For those who will have to get a Japan visa, like many African and Middle Eastern countries, you will need to fill out a visa application.

If you visa-exempt but are going for a different reason besides a personal vacation, you may need to apply for an e-Visa to be able to enter Japan legally. If you go to Japan for educational purposes, for example, you will most likely need a visa to do so.

e-Visa Application for Japan: Information to Prepare

You will need to have or display the following to apply for an e-Visa and go through customs when you reach Japan:

  • Departure Ticket - The voucher for your outbound flight is a valid ticket for your departure.
  • Passport - Must be valid for 6 months or more.
  • Hotel or Accommodations - A reservation page works. Or an invitation letter from family or friends.
  • Passport Picture - Color photos only. No black and white.
  • Finances for Your Trip - You may need a certified bank statement.
  • Payment Method - We can accept credit cards and PayPal.

Once Japan's e-Visa program starts, iVisa will be ready to release the e-Visa online application so you can use your smartphone, laptop, computer or tablet in a convenient and safe manner.

Obtaining a visa shouldn't be such a long process. Bookmark this page and come back in April 2020 to get your Japan e-Visa securely and conveniently.

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