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Passport renewal in Japan: A complete guide
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you an American citizen in the Land of the Rising Sun looking to renew your U.S. passport? Navigate the complex world of passport renewal effortlessly with our comprehensive guide tailored for US nationals in Japan.

At iVisa, we've distilled the U.S. passport renewal process into an experience as smooth as the finest Japanese sake. With our high-tech platform and unwavering customer support, renewing your passport becomes a piece of cake—or a slice of the freshest sushi.

So why wait? Secure your ability to explore the world with our easy-to-follow steps. Your renewed passport and endless possibilities are just a click away!

passport document paperwork

Can I get a passport renewal in Japan with an online application?

No, a fully online passport renewal process for U.S. citizens in Japan isn't available. However, you can initiate the renewal by completing the DS-82 form online. A subsequent in-person appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Japan will be required to complete the process.

How do I apply for a U.S. passport renewal in Japan?

To renew your U.S. passport in Japan, you have these options:

  1. Online Preparation: Start by filling out the DS-82 form on the U.S. Department of State website. Print the completed form.

  2. In-Person Submission: Schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest your location in Japan.

  3. Mail-In Option: The fastest and easiest way to update and renew your passport is to mail-in your application and documents. Check the embassy's guidelines for eligibility and more information.


  • The typical processing duration is approximately 6–8 weeks.

  • Expired passports can still be renewed. If you're dealing with an expired document, refer to the section "By Mail with Online Fee Payment."

  • Avoid mailing your application to the National Passport Processing Center in the U.S., as this will cause considerable delays in processing.

  • On October 11, 2022, Japan opened its doors to individual tourists. U.S. passport holders are exempt from visa requirements for short stays of up to 90 days.

What is the passport renewal service process in Japan?

The application process can be quite lengthy and usually involves these steps:

  1. Preparation: Ready the needed documents—your existing U.S. passport, completed DS-82 form, a recent passport photo, and the renewal fee.

  2. Online DS-82 Form: Complete this form online, ensuring all information is accurate. Print the form afterward.

  3. Embassy appointment: Book your appointment through the embassy's online system. Choose the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the Consulate in Osaka, Naha, Sapporo, Fukuoka, or Nagoya.

  4. Document submission: Attend the appointment and submit all your documents. A brief interview may also be conducted.

  5. Payment: Pay the renewal fee by credit card or cash.

  6. Approval and collection: Once your application is approved, you'll be notified, and you can collect your new passport or have it mailed to you.

Following these methods and steps, you'll successfully navigate Japan's U.S. passport renewal process with minimal hassle.

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What are the requirements for a Japan passport renewal application?

To successfully renew your U.S. passport while in Japan, you'll need the following:

  • Current U.S. passport: Must be in good condition, other than normal wear and tear.

  • DS-82 form: This is the U.S. passport renewal application form. Complete it online and print it out for your appointment.

  • Passport photo: One 2x2 inch (51x51 mm) color photo that meets U.S. passport photo requirements. The photo must be under six months old, with a white or off-white background. Make this process effortless with our passport photo service.

  • Renewal fees: The application fee varies by age and other factors, so check the U.S. Department of State's website for the most current fees. Payment is usually accepted in cash or by credit card.

  • Proof of residency: While not always required, some embassies or consulates may ask for proof of residency in Japan.

  • Identification: Bring a secondary form of ID, like a driver's license, especially if your current passport is expired.

  • Prepaid self-addressed envelope: If you choose to have the new passport mailed to you, a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage is necessary.

  • Applicable documents: If you've changed your name since your last passport was issued, legal documentation supporting the name change, such as a marriage certificate or court order, is required.

By gathering these materials in advance, you can ensure a smooth and efficient U.S. passport renewal process in Japan.

What is the price for renewing my American passport in Japan?

The cost of renewing a U.S. passport can vary depending on your age and the type of service you require (standard, expedited, etc.). The general fee for an adult passport renewal is US $130.00. Additional fees may apply for expedited services or if you require additional pages.

For the most accurate and current pricing, it's best to consult the official U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date fee information.

Where can I learn more?

If you have any questions about getting a new passport, don't hesitate to contact our customer support team anytime via online chat or at [email protected]. They'll be delighted to assist you with your passport renewal inquiries.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. For government source information, please visit our product pages.
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