Visa (Transit)


This page is for person(s) transiting in Japan.

  • U.S. citizens or foreign nationals of Visa Exemption countries and regions are not required to obtain a visa for transit purposes (See "the list of visa exemption countries and regions).
  • For nationals of non-visa exemption countries and regions, please contact your airline(s) to confirm whether or not you will go through the Customs and Immigration area at the transferring airport. If you will, then you most likely need a transit visa. If not, then you do not need a transit visa.
  • The Embassy may require you to obtain a short-term visa instead of a transit visa depending on your purpose to visit Japan. (You MUST apply for a short-term visit visa if you visit your family or friends in Japan even if your stay is less than 24 hours.)


  • The Embassy of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.
  • The Embassy of Japan will NOT make copies.
  • Please do NOT staple or fold any document.
application form Visa Application Form

Signed by the applicant (Form / Sample)

  • a digital signature is invalid
  • Nationals of Russia and CIS countries are required to submit two application forms attached with a photo.
passport Valid Passport

with at least 1.5 blank pages left

Photo One 2”x 2” Photo
  • Must be taken in front of a plain background and within the past 6 months
  • Do NOT use filters
  • Passport type photo only (We do not accept photos on regular printer paper)

Use GLUE ONLY to attach the photo to the application, please do not staple or tape.

U.S. Visa U.S. Visa
  • F-1 visa holders must present an endorsed I-20 form (ALL school attestation, student attestation, and travel endorsement must be signed)
  • J-1 visa holders must present an endorsed DS-2019 form

Please note: The Embassy of Japan does NOT accept any applications from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa holders.

Original & 1 Copy
Proof of Residency Proof of Residency

e.g., Driver’s license card, State ID card, or Utility Bill

Original & 1 Copy
Visa for the destination after Japan Visa for the destination after Japan

must already be in the passport at the time of application

Original & 1 Copy
Flight ltinerary Flight Itinerary
  • Must include the entire trip (both departing from DMV area and returning to DMV area)
  • We do not require the purchase of tickets.
The Embassy is NOT responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa.
1 Copy


Hotel Confirmation Hotel Confirmation Original


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