Japan eVisa

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The electronic visa system for Japan (Japan eVisa) was expected to be introduced in April 2020. However, the eVisa program has been delayed and a new launch date has not been announced yet.

Electronic Visa System for Japan

The electronic visa system for Japan (Japan eVisa) is an electronic visa, expected to be introduced in April 2020, which will allow eligible nationalities to travel to Japan for short stays.

The Japanese government is implementing the Japan online visa in order to make it easier for eligible citizens to visit the country, strengthen immigration controls, and reduce visa application workloads at Japanese diplomatic missions.

The Japan tourist visa online will be a single entry visa and allow holders to enter the country once, although the period of stay allowed has yet to be announced. This information will be published on this site when available.

The Japan visa online will first be available to Chinese citizens who wish to visit Japan for short stays, as Japan visas issued to Chinese visitors currently make up 70% of all visa applications. The Japanese eVisa is then expected to be rolled out to other eligible nationalities.

In order to apply for the Japanese visa online, it will be necessary to complete the simple electronic visa application form for Japan. Applicants will be able to fill in the Japan visa online application form in just a few minutes, by supplying personal and passport information, and travel details, and answering a few security-related questions.

Those eligible for the eVisa for Japan who wish to stay in the country for longer periods and purposes such as to work and study should contact their nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Highlights
Grants a single entry to Japan
Will be first available to Chinese nationals
What is Necessary?

Valid passport

Completed online application form

Japan eVisa Requirements

The full Japan eVisa requirements have not yet been announced, although applicants are expected to have:

  • A valid passport from an eVisa eligible country

Current Japan visa requirements for certain visa types require the applicant to have a Japanese sponsor or guarantor that will support the application and cover expenses for the person applying for a visa. It is currently unknown whether this will be a requirement to obtain the eVisa.

As the eVisa is not yet available, the full list of Japan online visa requirements will be published on this site when made available by the Japanese government, closer to the expected April 2020 launch date.

Countries Elegible for Japan

Citizens from the countries listed below will be eligible to apply online to enter Japan

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for Japan

Last update: 23/09/2021

Passengers with an Invitation Letter issued by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and a “Prior Consent Form” are allowed to enter. Passengers with an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) or Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC) (including cards in Pre-Valid Card (PVC) format) must present a QR code from the OCHA app upon arrival. Travelers from a number of countries and regions (including Canada, India, Iran, Russia, the UAE, the UK, the US, and most of Europe) are currently prohibited from entering Japan. Travelers arriving from certain countries, such as Australia, Brunei, China (PRC), Hong Kong (SAR China), South Korea, Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam are allowed to enter Japan. Nationals of Japan and their spouses and children are exempt from this restriction, as are residents of Japan with a re-entry permit, passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit, provided they also have a Re-entry Permit or an Embarkation and Disembarkation Card, certain visa holders, and a number of other exemptions. Arrivals must complete a Quarantine Questionnaire online and present a QR code on arrival. Passengers with an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) or Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC) are also allowed to enter if they also have a Written Pledge. All travelers must have a printed medical certificate in English showing that they tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to departure from the first point of embarkation. Accepted tests include LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA, and TRC tests with samples collected via nasopharyngeal swab or saliva. This does not apply to passengers under the age of 6, those with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan, US military personnel, or civilian personnel of the US Armed Forces in Japan (and their dependents). Passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken are also exempt. All passengers are also subject to testing for COVID-19 and must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Most visas and visa exemptions are currently suspended. Passengers with a single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before 2 April 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in Australia, New Zealand and Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association are also permitted entry. Travelers transiting through Tokyo (NRT) must leave on the same calendar day. All passengers arriving in Japan must install the MySOS app, except for military personnel and civilian components with SOFA status. Find out the travel requirements that you must meet to visit the country by checking the visa policy of Japan.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Japan Visa FAQ

  • Do I need an eVisa to go to Japan?

    Travelers can use the visa checker above to check if they are required to apply for an eVisa to go to Japan.

  • What is the Japan visa online (eVisa)?

    The Japan eVisa is an electronic visa, expected to be introduced in April 2020, which will allow eligible citizens to travel to Japan for short stays.

  • How much is the Japan eVisa?

    The cost of the Japan eVisa has yet to be announced and will be published on this site when made available.

  • What is the validity of the eVisa to Japan?

    It has not yet been announced how long the online visa for Japan will be valid for. This information will be published on this site when made available.

  • Which are the eligible countries to apply for the eVisa to Japan?

    Applicants are able to use the visa checker tool above to check if they are eligible to apply for the eVisa to Japan.

  • How long can I stay in Japan with the electronic visa?

    The period of stay permitted in Japan with the electronic visa has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when made available.

  • Is the Japan eVisa easy to get?

    Eligible citizens will be able to complete the simple Japanese eVisa application online, which is expected to take only a few minutes to complete, to receive an approved eVisa. It has not yet been announced how long it will take to get the Japan online visa once the application has been submitted. This information will be published on this site when available.

  • What documents are required for the Japan electronic visa?

    It will be necessary to have a valid passport from an eligible country in order to apply for the Japan electronic visa. Other visa requirements have not yet been announced and will be published on this site when made available.

  • How can I get the eVisa for Japan?

    The eVisa for Japan will be available through a simple online application which will only take a few minutes to complete.

  • Is the eVisa to Japan for single or multiple entry?

    The eVisa to Japan will be a single entry visa which will allow the holder to enter Japan once for a short stay.

  • Which documents do I need to apply for the eVisa to Japan?

    It will be necessary to have a valid travel document (passport) from an eligible country in order to apply for the eVisa to Japan. Other documents required to apply for the eVisa to Japan have not yet been announced and will be published on this site when made available.

  • Can I work in Japan with the eVisa?

    No, it will be required to apply for a working visa for Japan in order to work in the country. Those who wish to obtain a working visa should contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for further information.

  • What happens if my Japan visa online application is rejected?

    If the Japan visa online is denied, it is expected that applicants will be able to submit a new eVisa application. It is expected that applicants will need to carefully check all the information provided on the eVisa form is correct, as even small mistakes are expected to result in a refusal of the application.

  • How can I check the status of my Japan online visa?

    It has not yet been announced how applicants will be able to check status for the Japan online visa. Information about how to check the Japanese eVisa status will be published on this site when made available.

  • Can I extend my eVisa while in Japan?

    It not yet known whether it will be possible to obtain an extension for the eVisa for Japan. This information will be published on this site when made available by the Japanese government.

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