Visiting Japan(Important Notice)

        The following measures which are currently in effect until the lifting of the state of emergency declaration, based on “New measures for border enforcement (7)”(January 13, 2021), will remain in effect for the time being. Your understanding and cooperation in re-scheduling your travel plans to Japan are greatly appreciated.
(1) Temporary suspension of “Business Track” and “Residence Track”.
(2) Temporary suspension of new entry into Japan from all countries and regions.
(3) Temporary suspension of exceptional measures for returnees and re-entrants to Japan after short-term business trips to all countries and regions.

【Important Notice】
Effective from 0:00 am (JST) on January 13, 2021 , “Certificate of Negative Test Result”  conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) is required for  all nationals arriving from all regions.

○Valid Format of “Certificate of Negative Test Result”
  (Important Notice) The Temporary Suspension of the Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel remains in effect (19 March 2021)
  Notice on entry restrictions related to COVID-19(Denial of permission to entry, Quarantine measures, Suspension of visa validity, Suspension of visa exemption measures, Restrictions on airport/ports for arrival)
  【Important】Please read before you apply the visa.
  ・Japan Visa Application Centre

Submission and collection of visa applications are processed at the Japan Visa Application Centre.

(Except for diplomatic/official matters and humanitarian assistance)

  ・List of Accredited Agencies for Visa Application
  Be aware of fraudulent website, social media, emails in an attempt to extract payments from visa applicants

Dear travelers to Japan: It is recommended to take out an overseas travel insurance

An overseas travel insurance makes you feel secure, even in emergencies, and you can enjoy your trip.

Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchased offers sufficient coverage of treatment costs, you can receive treatment without concern.

It is recommended to have an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation, and cashless medical service.

  ・Important notice on the handling of visas for expired Certificate of Eligibility (COE) due to the influence of Novel Coronavirus(6 July,2021)
  ・The special measures for “Permanent Residents” who failed to re-enter Japan within the period of validity of the “special re-entry permit”
  ・ Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel (“Short-term stay for business” and “Holders of Certificate of Eligibility”)(1 November,2020)(Temporary Suspended since 28 Dec,2020)
Criteria of Visa Issuance
Application procedure for a visa
Visa Application Form / document samples
Frequently Asked Questions



  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 Holders of HKDI / Macau Travel Permit 
      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 Services 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
    Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Citizens

Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Holders of HKDI / Macau Travel Permit (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
    Invitation Letter
    Itinerary in Japan
    Letter of guarantee
    Details 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)

  8 Japan Visa Information Hotline
       ・85281702941(Hong Kong)
(English Only, 24 hours, 365days, Toll Free Numbers)