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Japan Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No


To enter Japan, a passport valid for the duration of intended stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Whether or not they hold a visa, visitors must have visible means of support for their stay, onward or return tickets, or other documents for their next destination, to reduce the risk of being refused entry.

All foreign nationals entering Japan will be photographed and have their fingerprints taken; foreign nationals may also be subject to a short interview regarding their purpose of stay. Non-compliance will result in refusal of entry.


Visas for Japan are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:

• Nationals of Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand for up to 15 days.

• Nationals of UAE for up to 30 days.

• Nationals of the following countries can visit Japan without a visa for up to 90 days. The countries are Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Singapore, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Note that ICAO-compliant ePassports are required for nationals of some countries to gain a visa-free entry. Please check with a Japanese consulate near you.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Japan.

Types and Cost

Transit visa: ¥700; single-entry temporary visitor visa: ¥3,000; multiple-entry temporary visitor visa: ¥6,000. These are the fees for most visitors requiring a visa, but costs differ for certain nationalities; check with the consulate for the most up-to-date information.


Single-entry visitor visas are usually valid for up to 15 days and are valid for three months upon issue.

Multiple-entry visitor visas usually allow stays that do not exceed 15 or days. They can be valid from one to five years.


Passengers in transit and not leaving the airport do not require a visa. If you wish to leave the airport during transit and are not a visa-exempt national, you must obtain a transit visa.

Application to

In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy) or via a registered visa agent (in which case you don't need to visit the embassy in person).

Working days

Approximately five working days. However, in special cases, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Upon entry, you will be asked to declare the amount of cash you have in your possession on an arrival card.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your stay, you must apply to a regional immigration office in Japan.

Entry with children

Documentary evidence of parental responsibility or guardianship may be required on entry if travelling as a single parent or non-relative with children.

Entry with pets

Animal quarantine can take several months. You can find detailed information from the Animal Quarantine Service (

Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Japan in the USA

Telephone: +1 202 238 6700 or 6800 (visa section).
Address: NW, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1730 (0915-1230 and 1330-1630 for the visa section).

Embassy of Japan in the UK

Telephone: +44 20 7465 6500 or 6565 (visa section).
Address: , 101-104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1800 (Mon-Fri 0930-1630 for the visa section).

British Embassy in Japan

Telephone: +81 03 5211 1100.
Address: Chiyoda-ku, 1 Ichiban-cho, Tokyo, 102-8381,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1630.

US Embassy in Japan

Telephone: +81 03 3224 5000.
Address: , 1-10-5 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-8420,
Opening times:

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