- 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.
April 1, 2019
Application drop-off: 9:15am to12:30pm (Arrive 30min before to process)
Visa pick-up: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
2. 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)
* Please note that some visa applications require consultation with our headquarters in Tokyo and may take up to one month to issue.
3. Visa Fee
Standard Fees (From April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020)
- Single entry visa: 27 USD
- Double and Multiple entry visa: 55 USD
- Transit visa: 6 USD
Indian Passport Holder Fees (From April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020)
- Single, Double, and Multiple entry visa: 8 USD
- Transit visa: 1 USD
* US citizens are exempt from visa fees.
* Payment is due at the time of PICKUP. We accept CASH only. Please bring the EXACT amount. We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.
* Visa fees are revised each year on April 1st.
4. 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.
5. 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:
- Diplomatic/Official Visa
- Transit Visa
- Tourist Visa (within 90 days)
- Visa for visiting relatives and acquaintances (within 90 days)
- Visa for business, Conference/Seminar Participation, US Citizen Media, and Depositions (within 90 days)
- Working visa
- Study, Cultural Activities, and Related Visas
- Designated Activities Visa (Spouse of Japanese/ Permanent resident and Related Visas)
- Spouse/child of an alien working in Japan
- Spouse/child of Japanese national
- Spouse/child of permanent resident
- Long-term resident
- Designated activies
- Medical Stay
- Long Stay for sightseeing and recreation
Attention to Long-term and Medium-term Foreign Residents:
- Changes to the Basic Resident Registration Law
- To foreign nationals who newly enter Japan after July 9, 2012 [PDF]
- Leaflet [PDF]
- Click here for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility
- Status of U.S. Forces Agreement (SOFA)
*Please note that additional documents may be required for some cases.
6. Additional Forms
Embassy of Japan in the USA
JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE（24 hours/7 days a week. English only）
* This hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in the U.S.
* If you are calling from the U.S., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
* This Hotline can only answer general questions regarding visas.
* The Hotline will not connect you to the Embassy Visa Office. If you need to contact the Embassy in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Embassy directly at 202-238-6800 during office hours.