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Japan Tourist Visa online application

Last updated: January 2023

NOTE: To apply for this visa you must be located in your country of residence.

NOTE: All travelers coming from China and Macao must present a pre-departure test taken within 72 hours of departure and take a Covid-19 test upon arrival. This also applies to Passengers that have stayed in China in the last 7 days before traveling

Japan is an astonishing country to visit, known for its unique culture, innovative art, futuristic technology, delicious gastronomy, modern architecture, and interesting history. It has everything you can want in a country, with a perfect combination of tradition and modernity.

If you want to visit Japan as a tourist and discover all its wonders, you are in the right place. iVisa offers the easiest route to obtaining the Japan Tourist Visa and visiting Japan. Find out all about entry requirements and how to apply for the Japan Tourist Visa on this page.

What is the Japan Tourist Visa?

For certain foreign nationals wanting to visit the country for tourism purposes, a Japanese Tourist Visa is required.

You can apply for this Japan visa through iVisa. The visa application can be confusing if you do it alone without support. That is why we have created a simplified process to ensure you’ll have a stress-free trip.

Benefits of getting your Japan Tourist Visa with iVisa

  • 100% Government-Compliant: Our team of iVisa experts will review each answer on your application form and make sure they are 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited and prioritized support from an iVisa Expert: You’ll be assigned an iVisa expert to guide you through the application process from start to end, to help you avoid rejections from the government, and to answer any questions you may have about the process.

  • Simplified form: We’ve shortened and simplified the Japan Tourist Visa application to be a short survey that you can complete in less than 15 minutes.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: Make changes whenever you want, and save your progress if you want to return to it later.

  • Step-by-step guide: Once you apply, we will send you an exclusive manual guide with all the tips and tricks to getting your visa without problems.

It is important to note that the Japan Tourist Visa is subject to the following conditions:

  • You can do tourist activities alone or with a registered tourist group, such as visiting the beautiful places and sights Japan offers.

  • Cultural exchanges, municipal exchanges, and sports exchanges are not permitted.

  • You cannot work in the country with this visa.

  • You cannot perform business activities like liaisons, meetings, consultations, signing contracts, after-sales service, advertising, or market research.

  • You cannot travel to visit or to stay with family and friends, including your spouse.

Which nationalities need the Japan Tourist Visa to enter Japan?

Over 68 countries are exempt from having to apply for a short-stay tourist visa (90 days or less), including the United States, many EU countries, and the United Kingdom.

Please use our convenient Visa Checker tool to find out if you’re eligible for visa-free travel to Japan.

If you are a national from a country that does not qualify for visa-free entry, you can apply for a single-entry tourist visa through iVisa.

How long is the Japan Tourist Visa valid for?

There are two types of Japan Tourist Visas available:

  • The single-entry visa allows you to stay in Japan for 15 to 30 days. You can apply for this visa category through iVisa. The visa must be used within three months of obtaining it.

  • The multiple-entry visa has a validity of 1 to 5 years, and allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days per visit. If you need this visa, we recommend contacting your nearest Japanese consulate or embassy.

The exact permitted time of stay in Japan depends on your nationality. If you want to extend your stay, you will need to apply for a visa extension at the appropriate Japanese authorities before the expiry date of your visa.

Which documents and info do I need to apply for the Japan Tourist Visa?

To obtain this travel document through iVisa, foreign residents must submit the following documents to the Japanese government:

  • Passport, valid for at least 6 months.

  • Applicant’s photo.

Depending on your nationality, you may be asked for additional documents to prove the purpose of your stay in Japan:

  • Financial documents to prove that you have enough funds to pay for your entire stays in Japan, such as bank deposits, statements, or other evidence.

  • Travel itinerary, or any other evidence of planned tourism activities in Japan.

Travelers are no longer required to submit their applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up Systems (ERFS). The ERFS was a system that foreign travelers had to use to obtain an ERFS certificate to be eligible for a visa to visit Japan.

Transiting in Japan

If you will remain airside and do not enter Japan beyond the transit area, you do not need a visa or exemption to transit.

How to apply for the Japan Tourist Visa with iVisa

To apply with iVisa, simply follow the 5 steps below:

  • Step 1: Fill out iVisa's simplified form with your personal and travel details. Receive support from your iVisa expert from start to end via WhatsApp, Calendly, email, or chat.

  • Step 2: Pay the iVisa processing fee with a credit or debit card.

  • Step 3: Collect the required documentation according to the instructions given and submit it at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country.

  • Step 4: Pay the government fee of $42 USD at the Embassy or Consulate.

  • Step 5: Wait for the Japanese government’s answer, receive your visa and get ready to travel!

You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions for your application process and your interview (if applicable), as well as a list of required documents.

If you have any questions during the application process, your iVisa expert will be happy to help!

Important things to note about your Japan Tourist Visa

Once you arrive in Japan, an immigration officer will check your visa and the reasons for your visit. After that, you’ll be given a Landing Permit.

This document will replace your Tourist Visa during your stay in Japan and your issued visa will become invalid. The Landing Permit will be placed in your passport upon entry, so always keep it on you and present it when asked for.

What are the costs and processing times for the Japan Tourist Visa?

Visa fees and processing times can vary based on your nationality.

Applying for this visa can take months if you do it alone, as it’s a confusing process that has different requirements for different nationalities.

The Japanese authorities can take about a week to examine visa applications, but this may be delayed if you need to submit extra documents. When applying through iVisa, you’ll save time, as our experts do all the hard work for you.

What about traveling to Japan with children?

All nationals who are not visa-exempt to enter Japan as a tourist must apply. This includes children and minors. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for applying for the Japan Tourist Visa on behalf of their child.

Children under 12 years old are not allowed to travel alone to Japan.

COVID-19 requirements and restrictions in Japan

If you are arriving from a country where the COVID-19 variant of Omicron is dominant, you will no longer need to do a test on arrival, self-quarantine, or avoid public transportation in Japan.

However, it is still necessary to provide a valid COVID-19 certificate with proof of three completed doses of COVID-19 vaccines or a certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before your intended travel date to Japan.

Where can I find more information about the Japan Tourist Visa?

If you have questions about the Japan Tourist Visa, other travel documents, or iVisa services, please get in touch with our customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to answer any questions.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant's Photo

Important Instructions
  • The Japan Tourist Visa is a travel document created for foreigners that want to visit the country only for tourism purposes.

  • This visa has a government fee of $42 USD that you will have to pay it directly at the Embassy or Consulate.

  • To apply for this visa you must be located in your country of residence.

  • The Japan Tourist Visa is a single-entry visa that is valid for 3 months.

  • With this Japan Tourist Visa you can stay in the country for 15 and up to 30 days.

  • With this visa you can not work, do cultural, municipal, or sports exchanges, do business activities or stay with your family or friends.

  • In some cases you will need to go through an interview to complete the process of your application.

  • At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and we assign you an iVisa Expert who is in charge of reviewing your application to be 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections.

  • Once we submit your application, we will give you the next step details via email.

  • The required documents that you will need to apply for the single-entry Tourist Visa may vary depending on your nationality. Therefore, please check the FAQs below to get information about the country you are from.

  • Take into account that at the Japanese airport, the Immigration Officer will give you a Landing Permit to replace your Tourist Visa so you can enter Japan.

  • To enter Japan you will also need to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) against COVID-19 or present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before your trip.

  • Travelers are no longer required to prescribe their applications in the Entrants, Returns, and Follow-up Systems (ERFS).

  • The ERFS was a system that foreign travelers needed to get into to obtain an ERFS certificate to get a visa to visit Japan.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about the Japan Tourist Visa.

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iVisa is accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and has a validated IATA Agency Code. If you want to check this information you can verify our membership using our bearing No. 23716873 at http://store.iata.org/ieccacfree.

Our customer service team at iVisa is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.

If you apply with the iVisa platform that protects all your data and information, applying will take you less than 15 minutes. We will also ensure that your application is 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections and waste time and money.

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To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, Chinese nationals living in certain European countries and Asian countries need the following documents:

  • Passport
  • 1 visa application form
  • 1 photo
  • Document to prove legal residency (residence permit, etc)
  • Confirmation slip, certificate, or another document to prove reservation of air or ship boarding ticket.
  • Documents to prove the ability to pay for travel expenses -A certificate of income or a tax declaration certificate issued by a public agency. -Certificate deposit balance.
  • Travel itinerary -Must be indicated Activity plan, accommodation, and contact number (travel brochures, and flyers also can be submitted)

The European and Asian countries that we refer to are the USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, UK, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Finland, France, Belgium, Portugal, Luxenberg, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau.

If the Japanese government doesn’t see strong ties to your country of residence or there are indications you’re trying to stay in Japan, so your visa could be denied. If this happens, you will receive a full refund of the iVisa processing fee. Government fees are not refundable.

It is recommended to apply 2 months before your intended travel date. iVisa takes 30 days to process your documentation. Japanese immigration services could take around a week to process the details. Some people may have to attend an interview, adding more days to the application process. As soon as your paperwork is ready, check with our customer service to see if you can start the process.

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To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, Russian nationals need the following documents:

  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport
  • Documents to prove payment ability of travel expense
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservations

If you are a college student or a graduate student from a university authorized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation or the Federal Subjects of Russia or that belongs to the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan You will not need to prove that you’re able to pay for your trip. Instead, you will need to show certificates of your university identifications or certificates of graduation issued within the 3 years of your graduation.

If you’re applying with a tourist group you will need the following documents:

  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport

Your Russian travel agency will also need to provide these documents:

  • List of tour participants
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservation
  • Confirmation slip for accommodation
  • Materials to demonstrate that the tour is a group sightseeing tour
  • License of travel agency, issued by the Russian Federation or the government of Japan.
To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, nationals from CIS countries and Georgia need the following documents:
  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport
  • Documents to prove payment ability of travel expense
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservations.

Our team ensures your application has undergone new revisions and confirms each document is valid for the process. However, cancellations can happen as government bodies could find answers they're not satisfied with. For this reason, the platform will return the iVisa processing fee for every rejected application. Government fees are not included in this refund.

Check what went wrong and apply again with iVisa. The Japan Tourist Visa could be yours soon.

It will depend on your nationality. The Japanese government may request additional documentation to support your application and prove why you want to travel to Japan. In this case, you may need to provide bank statements, deposits, and other documents showing your current funds and where they come from.

Apply easily and fast with iVisa here.

You can only apply for a Japan Tourist Visa once you get a new passport. One of the main requirements for this visa is a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.