Visa Information


  • A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay of less than 90 days with the purpose of tourism and business. *

    *Please note that the visa waiver arrangement with the United States does NOT apply to U.S. individuals wishing to travel to Japan for news media related activities, attending depositions taken by U.S. Consul, or for U.S. Federal Government employees on official business or transit to/from official mission

  • List of Nationals and Citizens of Countries and Regions with Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan

  • Please note that in principle we do not accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.
  • You must be a resident of DC, VA, or MD in order to apply for a visa through the Embassy in DC.
  • To check the location of the Embassy/Consulate-General with jurisdiction over your place of residence, please click here.
  • As a general rule, the visa applicant should come in person with exception of applications for diplomatic/official visas and applications through formal application agencies.
  1. Hours

    Application drop-off: 9:15am to12:30pm (Arrive 30min before to process)

    Visa pick-up: 1:30pm to 4:30pm


  3. Processing Time

    • Diplomatic/Official visa: 2 business days (ex. Monday drop-off – Wednesday pick-up)
    • General visa: 5 business days (ex. Monday drop-off – Next Monday pick-up)

  4. * Please note that some visa applications require consultation with our headquarters in Tokyo and may take up to one month to issue.


  5. Visa Fee

    * The above fee does not apply to citizens of countries with which Japan has bilateral agreements. US citizens are exempt from visa fees.

    * We accept cash. Please bring the EXACT amount. Personal checks and credit cards are NOT accepted.


  6. Visa Validity

    • In general, a visa is only valid for one entry. A visa is valid for 3 months from the day of issuance. Therefore, entry into Japan should occur within this time frame.
    • A Multiple entry visa is valid for 1 to 5 years. Mulitiple entry visas can be issued to citizens of countries that Japan has bilateral agreements with and to visitors with business purposes.
    • A Double-Entry Transit visa is valid for 4 months and can be used twice (once on the way to your destination and once on the return trip) to complete a round trip.

  7. Application Form and Necessary Documents

    Embassy/Consulate General of Japan will not make copies. If you need original documents, please bring the original plus one copy.

    • Passport with sufficient validity date (An alien travel document must have 6 months or more validity)

    • Visa application form
    • Photo (passport size, attached to the visa application form)

    Additional documents for each specific visa:

    1. Diplomatic/Official Visa

    2. Transit Visa

    3. Tourist Visa (within 90 days)

    4. Visa for visiting relatives and acquaintances (within 90 days)

    5. Visa for business, Conference/Seminar Participation, US Citizen Media, and Depositions (within 90 days)

    6. Working visa

    7. Study, Cultural Activities, and Related Visas

    8. Designated Activities Visa (Spouse of Japanese/ Permanent resident and Related Visas)

    9. Attention to Long-term and Medium-term Foreign Residents:

    10. Status of U.S. Forces Agreement (SOFA)

    *Please note that additional documents may be required for some cases.

  8. Additional Forms

  9. Contact

    Embassy of Japan in the USA
    Consular Section
    TEL: 202-238-6800

  10. Other Information

    Criteria of Japanese Visa Issuance

    Japanese Visa Information by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

    Outline of New Immigration Procedures: New Security Requirements In Effect For Visitors To Japan (effective November 20, 2007) [PDF] 

    Waiver of Visa Fees for Foreign Nationals Who Visit Three Prefectures in the Disaster-Afflicted Areas [PDF] 

    The Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Justice of Japan