Status of U.S. Forces Agreement
USA

 

Members of the U.S. armed forces

 

If you are a member of the U.S. armed forces to be stationed in one of the bases in Japan (as defined by the SOFA), you will not need a visa to travel to Japan. Please be sure to take your military order and a military ID.

 

The civilian component of the U.S. armed forces and the dependents of members/civilian component of the U.S. armed forces

 

If you are a member of the civilian component of the U.S. armed forces or the dependents of members/civilian component of the U.S. armed forces to be stationed in one of the bases in Japan (as defined by the SOFA), you will not need a visa to travel to Japan. Please be sure to take your military order, military ID and a valid passport.

 

Dependents who are non-U.S. citizens

 

If you are a dependent accompanying military personnel mentioned above and are non-U.S. citizens, visa is actually not necessary but we can issue a SOFA visa to facilitate your entry into Japan. If you choose to apply for this visa, please bring:

  1. Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by bearer
  2. VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN (http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/j/download/VISA_APPLI.pdf), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
  3. One photograph (2"x 2") attached to application form
  4. A clear photocopy of his/her Military Dependent ID
  5. Travel Order from the military explicitly stating the name of the applicant

 

Contractor

 

If you are a military contractor traveling to the US bases in Japan, and will stay for less than 90 days, you usually will qualify as short-term visitor. Please check if you need a visa [using the window on your left.]

 

If you intend to stay in Japan for more than 90 days, please apply for an appropriate work visa (e.g. engineer).

Some contractors are granted SOFA status by the Pentagon. If you qualify, you will not need a visa regardless of the duration of stay. Please refer to the Pentagon Travel Office for details.