Visiting Japan



  1 Visa
    In principle, foreigner whose nationality is other than the national or citizens of the countries & territories with visa exemption, visas will be required to enter Japan.
  2 Criteria of Visa Issuance
    In principle, Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she fills all of the following requirements and the issuance is regarded as reasonable.
    (1)   The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled for the re-entry to a country of which he/she is a national or citizen or a country of his/her residence.
    (2) All submitted documents shall be authentic, completed and satisfactory.
    (3)   The activities to be engaged in while in Japan, or the civil status or the position of the applicant, and the period of stay shall meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as “the Act”)
    (4) The applicant shall not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph1 of the Act.
  3 Application procedure for a visa
    For Hong Kong or Macau residents who are currently residing in Hong Kong or Macau are eligible to make visa applications at Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong. Temporary visitors are not eligible for visa applications. For those who are living other than Hong Kong or Macau, please consult with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General in which are currently residing.
    (1) Temporary Visitor Visa
      For those who have temporary visits of up to 90 days for such purposes as sightseeing; visits to relatives, friends, or acquaintances; and short-term business affairs.
      (Notice) All of the above purposes of journey to Japan exclude engaging in any activity involving the management of business or remuneration.
People's Republic of China (PRC)
      HKDI / Macau Travel Permit
      Russia / The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries / Georgia
      Other Countries or Regions
      Domestic Helpers
      Multiple Temporary Visitor Visas for the Nationals of People’s Republic of China (PRC)
      Multiple Temporary Visitor Visas for the Nationals of India
      Multiple Temporary Visitor Visas for the Nationals of Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam
    (2) Visa Application for Holders of Certificate of Eligibility
      Foreigners who would like to perform remunerative work in Japan or for long term stays over 90 days in Japan etc. which are for purposes other than that of temporary visitor, should apply for a “Certificate of Eligibility” in Japan at the Regional Immigration Bureau of Japan nearby before the visa application.
    (3) Working Holiday Scheme
      With the aim of giving young Hong Kong people the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and general way of life of Japan, the working holiday scheme will allow those who meet the conditions to stay on holiday in Japan for up to one year and secondarily to take up employment there in order to supplement their travel funds.
    (4) Medical Stay
      The visa is issued to foreign patients wishing to visit Japan for medical purposes (including full medical check-ups). The visa is issued to their accompanying person(s) as well if necessary and as needed.
  4 Notice
    Relaxation of the restrictions on employment and the number of study courses in Hong Kong under the Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong(NEW)
    Opening of Japan Visa Application Centre(NEW)
    Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of India(NEW)
    Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Citizens(NEW)
    Visa fees will be waived for foreign nationals visiting Miyagi, Fukushima, or Iwate prefectures
    Visa Waiver for Indonesian Nationals Based on a System of E-Passport Registration
    Issuance of Multiple Temporary Visitor Visas for Nationals of Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam
    Visa waiver for Thai citizens
    Visa waiver for Malaysian citizens
  5 Links
    A Guide to Japanese Visas (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    Points-based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals (Ministry of Justice)
    Changes to the Basic Resident Registration Law (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
  6 Visa Application Form / document samples
    Visa application form to enter Japan
    Certificate of employment
    Certificate of enrollment
    Letter of reason for invitation
    Schedule of stay
    Letter of guarantee
    Overview of Company/Organization
    Guarantee letter from the employer (for domestic helpers)

Frequently Asked Questions

    Please find below the answers to some frequently asked questions that the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong receives concerning Japanese Visas.

Japanese Visas - Q&A (2017/11/01)


Working holiday visa for Japan - Q&A (2016/12/16)