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Japan Visa

Here is a brief description of Japanese Visas with information to questions you may have. For official advice on applying for a visa, we advise you contact your nearest embassy or consulate of Japan. The government of Japan requires the citizens of countries to apply for a visa to a Japanese foreign institution unless you are within the visa exempted countries, or the passenger ship that docks in Japan disembark. The Japanese government permits citizens of over 60 countries and regions to travel to Japan on a visa-free basis if their visits are for tourism, commerce, conference, or visiting relatives. Citizens of certain countries and regions need to apply for a visa beforehand to enter Japan. If you would like to know if you have to apply for a visa to Japan, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate. Visas cannot be obtained at the port of entry in Japan.

When entering Japan, all foreigners receive a status of residence, the legal status of which a foreign national is permitted to stay in Japan. There are over twenty statuses of residence, including "temporary visitor" for tourists, and a various statuses for students, workers, and relatives of Japanese nationals and residents. The period of stay that is granted at the time of landing will vary depending on the purpose of your stay and your citizenship. Japan's Sightseeing Landing Permit allows passengers who are designated by the Japanese Minister of Justice to pre-designate passenger ships and foreign tourists for sightseeing purposes. The port is exempted from entry and the foreign passenger must return to the passenger ship before the passenger ship leaves the port.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • When I apply for Japan visa, am I required to have a Japan Visa Invitation letter?
    In most cases, both visa Invitation letter and guarantee letter are required. However, the country, the state, and the city may impose different application requirements. To find out the exact visa requirement for you, we recommend contacting the Consulate General of Japan or Japan Visa Application Center.
  • Do you have a template for the Japan Visa Invitation letter?
    We have a template for the Japan Visa Invitation letter and can send it to you if needed. However, we recommend searching for the template online or on the Consulate General of Japan website, and the template can be easily found and downloaded.
  • How long does it take to apply for Japan Visa?
    If all requirements are met, it usually takes 5 business days to process the visa application. However, the processing time can differ depending on the country.
  • What matters to successfully obtaining a Japan Visa?
    Many factors can be taken into consideration: travel history, financial stability, strong social and economic ties in your country, etc. But then again, no one knows the formula, except the Japanese Consul, and no one can assure you that you will be granted a visa.
  • We will arrive at Yokohama port by cruise next month. Do I need a visa?
    We recommend consulting your cruise line agency or visa agency on this matter. Japan visa is usually not required for a temporary stay for cruise travelers.
  • My Japan Visa was denied. What else can I do?
    If you got denied, you will need to wait at least 6 months to apply again. For the next application, make sure to pay extra attention to the required documents. To enhance the success rate, you many consult your visa agency on the possible reasons for the previous denial.
  • How will I know if my visa was denied?
    Once you collect your passport from the travel agency, that's the only time you'll know. However, neither the travel agency will know why your application was denied. Japan Embassy doesn't disclose it.
  • Should I stay in the hotel I mentioned in the application form?
    After getting a Japan visa, you can still switch hotels if you change your mind.
  • What is the earliest I can apply for a Japan Visa?
    About 2 months before your intended travel date.
  • Does your LA office help with Japan visa application?
    We currently do not provide service on Japan visa application. However, we can recommend a few reliable visa agencies to your.
  • I have a student visa, can I work at your company as a French tour guide?
    For the tour guide position, a tour guide license and work permit is required. If you only have a study visa, we are cannot employ you as a tour guide.
  • How to apply for an investment visa?
    We are not sure about the process on obtaining an investment visa, and we recommend consulting a professional investment visa agency or lawyer.
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