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Japan eVisa

 

Japan eVisa

 

Japan eVisa – Basic information

Japan eVisa is an electronic visa currently available only for nationals of a few countries entering Japan by air. The country planned to introduce the eVisa system in April 2020 but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the date has been delayed. The list of Japan eVisa eligible nations is also expected to be extended soon.

Eligible travelers can use the approved electronic visa to visit Japan for the purpose of tourism or business and stay there for up to 90 days. Since the Japan online visa is issued as a single-entry visa, its holder can enter the country only once.

An applicant needs to complete a short online application form by providing personal and passport details, and travel-related information, as well as answering a few security questions.

Please note that Japan eVisa does not cover long-term stays in Japan or purposes such as work or study. For any other purpose than tourism or business, please contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate to get a visa covering your particular traveling needs.

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Who needs an eVisa to Japan

There are around 65 visa-exempt nations whose citizens can enter Japan for tourism or business visa-free, provided that the duration of their planned stay is between 15 and 180 days.

There are also around 180 countries that cannot enjoy visa-exempt entry to Japan and do need to obtain an appropriate visa prior to travel. Currently, the Japan eVisa system is available only to a few countries (check the list below) whose citizens plan to visit Japan for short-term leisure or business-related purposes.

List of eligible countries

eVisa for Japan is available to the citizens of following countries:

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  • Canada Canada
  • Taiwan Taiwan
  • United States United States

Note: The list of Japan eVisa-eligible countries is expected to be rolled out to other nationalities in the near future.

Japan eVisa types

The Japan online visa is a one-type visa enabling only one entry to the country that can last up to 90 consecutive days. Its holder can use it for tourism or business purposes, including:

  • visiting family or friends residing in Japan
  • vacationing
  • sightseeing
  • attending business conferences/meetings/events
  • handling various business affairs

 

eVisa Japan application form

Nationals of eligible countries can submit Japan visa applications online by following these steps:

  1. Fill out the eVisa form: provide all necessary details, such as personal, passport, and travel information.
  2. Upload supporting documents: attach all the required documents and submit your application further.
  3. Cover the eVisa fee: visit the nearest Japanese overseas office and cover the visa fee (if applicable).
  4. Refresh your email inbox: make sure you have received confirmation of the Visa Issuance Notification.

Important: The electronic copy of the Issuance Notification must be displayed on an electronic device to board a flight to Japan. Japanese officials do not currently accept PDF or printed copies of approved electronic visas.
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eVisa Japan validity

The Japan visa is issued for three months (90 days) from the day following its issuance. Please do remember to enter and exit Japan within the validity period of a visa you hold.

Please also note that your Japan visa will be automatically linked to your passport. Should you renew your passport once your eVisa has been already approved, you will need to obtain a new visa linked to your renewed passport. Do remember to check your passport expiry date before applying for a Japan visa.

 

Transit information

No visa is needed, regardless of your nationality, if you plan to transit through Japan and stay within the airport transit zone.

Should you plan to exit the transit area during your tranist stop, make sure to obtain a transit visa before arriving in Japan.

 

Japan eVisa requirements

Depending on the traveling purpose, travelers may need to upload different documents, including:

  • Passport
  • Facial photo
  • Letter of Invitation, etc.
  • Document(s) to prove kinship
  • Certificate of Completion of Registration to the ERFS system
  • Parental consent form

Travelers need to travel to Japan as part of an organized tour group. Before starting the Japan visa application, a tourist must first obtain a certificate for completion of registration to ERFS, which is supplied by the tour operator in Japan or any other receiving organization.

This certificate is also mandatory for all business travelers who need to receive it from the Japanese host company. The ERFS registration should be uploaded when completing the online visa application process.

The ERFS form is not mandatory for applicants who will be visiting relatives in Japan. Instead, they need to upload both an Invitation Letter and a document proving their kinship, e.g., marriage or birth certificate.

Also, every applicant needs to be a holder of a valid passport from an eVisa-eligible country. It will also be necessary to upload a digital passport-style photo.

A person applying for a Japan online visa for a minor must additionally attach a parental consent form.
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Visa Summary

  • eVisa destination

    DESTINATION

    Japan

  • eVisa price

    PRICE

    Price will be shown in the application form

  • eVisa Processing time

    PROCESSING TIME

    5 business days

  • Visa validity

    VALID FOR

    3 months

  • Visa requirements documents

    WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

    • a face photo
    • a valid passport
    • a few supporting documents
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get a Japan eVisa?

All you need to do is to complete the online form with the required details and upload the supporting documents. Next, you will need to visit the nearest Japanese overseas office to cover the eVisa fee. Your Visa Issuance Notification will be delivered to your email inbox once approved.

When will I receive an eVisa to Japan?

You will receive the Visa Issuance Notification as soon as the Japanese government approves your application. It shouldn't take more than 5 business days.

Do I need to print Japan eVisa?

No. At the moment, no PDF or printed versions of the Japanese eVisa are accepted. You will need to display the electronic copy of the Issuance Notification on a digital device.

What if my Japan eVisa is not approved?

Should your application is denied approval, probably there were some errors in your online form, and you didn't meet all the Japanese visa requirements. Please contact our support team immediately to discuss your particular situation.

How long can I stay in Japan with eVisa?

A holder of an online visa for Japan can enter the country once and stay there for up to 90 days. The visa covers tourism and business-related activities.

What is the validity of the Japan eVisa?

The Japan online visa remains valid for 3 months from the day after issuance. Please do remember to use your eVisa within its validity period.

Do children need a Japan eVisa?

Yes. Children being nationals of countries eligible for the Japan eVisa also need to complete the online application. As they cannot do it on their own, their parents or legal guardians should submit the online applications on their behalf.

What is the cost of a Japan eVisa?

The price of Japan eVisa depends on your nationality and will be shown after completing the online application form with the required details.

What must I have to apply for a Japan eVisa?

Prepare your valid passport, and grab a working electronic device connected to the Internet. Also, make sure you have access to valid means of online payment to cover the service fee and an active email address to receive the approved eVisa.

What is the processing time for an eVisa to Japan?

As a rule, applications that require no corrections are processed within 5 business days (e.g., if you apply for a visa on Monday, you should expect to receive it on the following Monday). If you are asked to provide additional information, or some mistakes are made in your online form, the waiting time may extend as it is at the total discretion of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also, bear in mind that you can submit your Japan visa application 3 months before the planned journey at the earliest.

What documents are required to get a Japan eVisa?

Depending on the selected travel purpose, you may need to upload different supporting documents. Consult the 'Japan eVisa requirements' section to find out more.

What data do I need to provide in the application form for an eVisa to Japan?

Eligible applicants will need to provide some essential details, including personal and passport data, contact information, and travel-related details, as well as answer a few crucial security-related questions.