The information listed below only applies to standard entry procedures and does NOT apply to the entry procedures under COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, all foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa (except for those who have a valid re-entry permit). Please read "For people who plan to enter Japan from the United States" for more information.
(for a stay of up to 90 days)
Sightseeing, Commercial Business Trip (not involving paid activities), Visiting Relatives/Friends/Acquaintances, Participating in Athletic Tournaments as an Amateur or Other Similar Activities during a Short Period of Stay(Single or double entry visa, valid for 3-4 months).
- Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by the bearer (Please make sure that there is at least 1 page left in your passport for a visa to be affixed to.)
- "VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN" (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
- One recent photograph (2" x 2") attached to the visa application form. The photo must be no older than 6 months.
- Proof of sufficient funds to defray all the expenses while in Japan (e.g. applicant's most recent bank statement - savings and/or checking accounts) If you are not paying for your trip, a letter from the person/entity covering the cost of your trip is necessary.
- Flight itinerary issued by travel agency or airline company. We advise applicants not to purchase airline tickets until the visa is approved. Applicants, however, may be required to show purchased/issued tickets when applicants receive Japanese visa. Flight schedules of purchased/issued tickets should be the same flight schedules of the itinerary you submitted.
Applicants intending to use write-your-own or companion ticket must present applicant's (or qualifying airline employee's) Employment Verification letter from the airline company, explicitly authorizing the applicant to use the ticket.
- Documents indicating the purpose of your visit
- If you are visiting relatives/friends, an invitation letter from a relative/friend
- If you are traveling for business, a letter from the inviting company in Japan and a letter from your company
- If you are participating in a conference, printed material on the conference
- If you are sightseeing, information regarding places you plan to visit, confirmation of hotel reservation, etc.
- Immigration documents showing your legal status and permitting reentry into the U.S., such as permanent residency (green) card or I-94 and valid U.S. visa. (Students on a F-1 visa must present endorsed I-20 form and applicants on J-1 visa need to present endorsed DS-2019 form.) If you do not intend to return to the U.S., visa to next the destination (if required) must be affixed to your passport before you apply for Japanese visa.
Please note that in principle the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC does NOT accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa/status holders. Those holders need to return to their home country in order to apply for a visa to enter Japan.
The Embassy of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.
The Embassy of Japan will not make copies, if you need original documents, please bring the original and one copy.
Please allow roughly one week, at least four business days, to have your application reviewed.