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Japan Tourist Visa for Panamanian citizens: Everything you need to know
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you a citizen of Panama planning a trip to Japan? Exploring Japan’s rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty is an exciting prospect, but before you embark on your journey, you must understand the visa requirements and procedures.

This article will guide you through the process of getting a Japan Tourist Visa as a Panamanian citizen. You can rely on our guided services for a smooth application: from the details of the process to the necessary documents, we've got you covered!

Japan boats river

Types of Japanese visas for Panamanian citizens

Japan offers different visa options for Panamanian citizens for specific travel needs. Let's explore the popular choices you can consider:

  • Japan Tourist Visa: Immerse yourself in Japan's vibrant culture, explore captivating attractions, and be amazed by breathtaking landscapes with the Japan Tourist Visa. This visa is perfect for those seeking leisure and tourism activities in Japan.

  • Japan Business Visa: Visiting Japan for business purposes? If you're traveling to the country to attend meetings or sign contracts, the Japanese Business Visa is a requirement. You must obtain an invitation letter from a Japanese company to meet the necessary visa requirements.

  • Japan Work Visa: For foreign nationals with a job offer from a Japanese company, the Japan Work Visa is the appropriate option. This visa allows you to work in Japan and requires a letter from your employer to initiate the application process. Work visas are specifically tailored to the type of work you'll be engaged in, whether it's skilled labor, research, or teaching.

  • Japan Student Visa: Aspiring students looking to pursue educational courses in Japan can get the Japan Student Visa. This visa enables enrollment in recognized educational programs at Japanese institutions, so it requires a letter of acceptance from your educational institution to support your application.

  • Japan Spouse or Dependent Visa: If you're married to a Japanese citizen or a foreign citizen residing in Japan, you may qualify for the Japan Spouse or Dependent Visa. This visa allows you to join your spouse or family in Japan and stay together in the country.

Additionally, it's advisable to consult the Embassy for further details on other visas available to Panamanian nationals, including Transit Visas, Visit Visas, or residence visas.

Do Panamanian citizens need a Visitor Visa for Japan?

Yes, Panamanian citizens need a visa to travel to Japan. Specifically, a Japan Tourist Visa, also known as a Japan Visitor Visa, is necessary for tourism purposes.

Note visa requirements may vary based on your nationality. While some countries have visa-free entry, others may require getting a visa online or a valid visa directly from the Embassy. If you're from somewhere other than Panama, you can utilize our convenient Visa Checker Tool to see the applicable entry requirements.

What is the Japan Tourist Visa for Panamanian citizens?

The Japan Tourist Visa is ideal for those who dream of exploring Japan's stunning sights and landscapes. While the application process takes place at the Embassy, we're here to assist you at every step. Let's delve into the two types of Japan tourist visas available:

  • Single-entry visa: With a single-entry visa, you can visit Japan as a tourist for a one-time trip. This visa allows a stay of 15 to 30 days Per Entry, with a maximum validity of 90 days after issued. At iVisa, our experts can guide you through the application process effortlessly.

  • Multiple-entry visa: A multiple-entry visa enables you to make several tourism trips to Japan within three years, with a maximum stay of 90 days per entry. However, please note that we do not provide guidance services for this visa option.

When you apply with us, our experts will ensure a seamless application process by assisting you with the necessary paperwork. Remember, you must apply for this visa in your residence country.

Visit Japan: Benefits of a Japan Tourist Visa for Panamanian citizens

Embarking on a journey to Japan as a Panamanian citizen comes with a world of possibilities when you hold a Japan Tourist Visa. Let's dive into the fantastic benefits and experiences that await you:

  • Immerse yourself in Japan's rich culture: Discover ancient temples, majestic shrines, and historical landmarks that showcase the country's rich heritage. Iconic destinations, such as Kyoto, Nara, and Kamakura, are renowned for their historical significance and offer a glimpse into Japan's fascinating past.

  • Marvel at Japan’s natural beauty: Witness the mesmerizing beauty of cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant autumn foliage. Visit iconic spots like Mount Fuji, national parks, and the picturesque countryside to immerse yourself in Japan's natural wonders.

  • Indulge in traditional cuisine: Savor delicious sushi, flavorful ramen, crispy tempura, and succulent yakitori. Explore local street food markets and traditional tea houses to embark on a delightful culinary adventure, discovering the diverse flavors and regional specialties that make Japanese cuisine renowned worldwide.

  • Experience vibrant festivals: Participate in enchanting events like cherry blossom viewing parties (Hanami), mesmerizing fireworks festivals (Hanabi), and lively summer festivals (Matsuri). Immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere, witness traditional performances, and appreciate the profound cultural significance of these festivities.

  • Visit theme parks and attractions: Visit the enchanting world of Tokyo Disneyland or experience the magic of Universal Studios Japan. Enjoy thrilling rides, live shows, and unique attractions that cater to all ages, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

  • Discover art and technology: Explore contemporary art galleries, museums, and interactive exhibitions that showcase the country's artistic prowess. A visit to Akihabara in Tokyo, the hub of anime, manga, and gaming culture, is a must for tech enthusiasts.

What you cannot do with a Japan Tourist Visa

While the Japan Tourist Visa opens up a world of possibilities, it's essential to be aware of its limitations. Check what you can’t do when you enter Japan with this travel visa:

  • Engaging in cultural, municipal, or sports exchanges is not allowed.

  • Entering Japan to work isn’t permitted.

  • Business activities such as liaisons, meetings, consultations, signing contracts, after-sales service, advertising, or market research are off-limits.

  • Visiting friends and family members residing in Japan isn’t allowed.

Benefits of getting your Japan Tourist Visa with iVisa

Applying for a Japan Tourist Visa can sometimes be a complex process. However, when you apply with our professional guidance, you can enjoy several advantages that make the process smooth and hassle-free:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa experts meticulously review your application form to ensure it meets all the necessary government requirements, increasing your chances of visa approval.

  • Expert support: We provide dedicated support throughout the process. If you have any questions or require assistance, our team can help you at every step.

  • Simplified form: We’ve simplified the visa application form, making it shorter and clearer than the Japanese Embassy's form. This streamlines the process and saves you time.

  • Save your progress: Take your time to complete the application form, make changes whenever necessary, and save your progress for later. No need to rush!

  • Step-by-step guide: To ensure a smooth visa application process, we’ll email you a comprehensive PDF manual filled with valuable tips and tricks. This guide will assist you in completing the application accurately and efficiently.

Japan Osaka Castle

Japan Tourist Visa requirements for Panamanian citizens

If you're a citizen of Panama planning to visit Japan, you must fulfill specific visa requirements to get a Japan Tourist Visa. Here are the essential details you need to know:

Japan Tourist Visa: Eligibility criteria for Panamanian citizens

  • Valid Panamanian passport: Your Panama passport must remain valid for at least six months beyond the intended departure date from Japan. Ensure it has enough blank pages for the visa endorsement.

  • Purpose of visit: Your trip to Japan should be solely for tourism-related activities.

  • Financial capability: You must demonstrate sufficient funds to support your travel in Japan, including expenses for accommodation, transportation, meals, and other anticipated costs during your stay.

  • Clear criminal record: The Japanese authorities require a clean criminal record.

Panama - Japanese visa: Required documents for Panamanian citizens

  • Completed visa application form.

  • Valid passport.

  • Travel itinerary – This should include confirmed hotel bookings, flight reservations, and tickets for any planned attractions.

  • Financial documents – To prove sufficient funds to support your trip.

  • Passport-size photographs – Use our convenient [digital passport photo service] to get one hassle-free!

  • Additional documents – You may need to submit additional documents depending on your circumstances. We'll send you a personalized list of the documents you’ll need.

Financial requirements for Panamanian citizens

  • Bank statements for the last three months.

  • Salary slips.

  • Employment letter.

You may need additional supporting documents if you're being sponsored or financially supported by a third party, such as a family member or friend. This can include a sponsorship letter, the sponsor's bank statements, and a letter explaining the nature of the financial support.

Japan visa application process for Panamanian travelers

Applying for a visa to Japan may seem overwhelming, but we’ll guide you through the process and make it smooth. Our iVisa app allows you to complete your application right from your phone for more convenience. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa from Panama:

Visa application form: Step-by-step guide to applying for the Japan Tourist Visa in Panama

Follow these simple steps to get a Japan Tourist Visa:

  • Step 1: Complete the visa application form on our website or iVisa app. Provide accurate personal and travel information.

  • Step 2: Proceed to pay the iVisa processing fee. Choose one of our payment options, which include PayPal, Venmo, Amazon Pay, and credit/debit cards.

  • Step 3: We'll provide a detailed list of all the documents you must submit to the Japanese Embassy. Gather all the necessary paperwork for your visa appointment.

  • Step 4: Schedule a visa appointment at the Japanese Embassy. During the appointment, you’ll pay the government fee of US$42. Sometimes, you may be required to undergo a visa interview with an immigration officer.

  • Step 5: Wait for the government's processing time.

Japanese Embassy in Panama

You must visit the Japanese Embassy or Consulate to submit your application. We’ll provide all the necessary details to help you schedule your visa appointment. Here is the contact information for the Embassy:

Tips for a successful Japan Tourist Visa application in Panama

Follow these tips to enhance your chances of a successful visa application:

  • Ensure that all the information you provide on the application form is clear and matches the details on your supporting documents.

  • Gather all the required documents based on your specific circumstances and keep them organized in a transparent manila folder. This will help streamline the process.

  • Always provide truthful information in your application. Providing false or misleading details can result in visa refusal or future travel restrictions.

  • Applying well in advance allows for sufficient processing time and accounts for potential delays.

Common reasons for visa refusals in Panama

To avoid common mistakes that can jeopardize your application, ensure you:

  • Don’t apply as a tourist if you plan to stay with a friend or family member.

  • Have sufficient funds to support your trip.

  • Maintain consistency between the visa application form and supporting documents.

Remember, our iVisa Experts will review your application to ensure it meets all the requirements set by the Japanese government!

japan train landscape

Japan Tourist Visa fees for Panamanian passport holders

When applying for a Japan Tourist Visa with our services, there are two visa fees that you should consider:

  • iVisa service fee for Panamanian citizens: The fee for our guided service and the benefits we provide is USD $199.99. With our help, you can expect a stress-free visa application process.

  • Japan government visa fee: The government requires a visa fee of US$42 to process your application.

Japan Tourist Visa processing time in Panama

When you apply for the Japan Tourist Visa with us, the processing times are as follows:

  • iVisa processing time: Our processing time is 30 days, which includes the time needed to complete the visa application form and for our expert team to thoroughly review your application in general. Our goal is to ensure a flawless submission.

  • Japan’s government processing time: Typically, the Japanese government takes around one to four weeks to process visa requests.

We highly recommend applying for your Japan Tourist Visa at least two months before your intended travel date to avoid last-minute stress.

What to expect after submitting the Japan visa application in Panama?

You have submitted your documents to the Japanese Embassy. What now? Here's what you can expect:

  • You'll receive an acknowledgment receipt that confirms your application has been successfully submitted and is now being processed.

  • The Embassy will review your application and supporting documents. If any additional information is required, they may contact you for clarification.

  • The Embassy will notify you of the visa outcome using the contact information you provided during the application process.

Visa status: Japan Tourist Visa approval and denial for Panamanian citizens

There are two possible outcomes for your Japan Tourist Visa application:

  • Approved visa application: You'll receive a notification confirming your visa approval. Subsequently, you must pick up your passport at the Embassy.

  • Denied visa application: If your visa application is denied, the Embassy will inform you about the refusal and explain their decision. Depending on the local policies, you can appeal or reapply if you believe the decision was unfair.

Before your trip, check out our Japan Travel Guide. It provides some valuable tips and tricks for your upcoming adventure. Learn about places to visit, weather conditions, daily costs, and more. Have a fantastic experience in Japan!

Where can I find more information?

Our friendly customer service team is here to answer any questions about the Japan Tourist Visa. Contact our iVisa experts through our online chat or at [email protected]. We're always available to help you!

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