Visa (Important Notice)

  【Important Notice】
  “Visit Japan Web”is now available for Visitors(including Japanese and the foreigners who have re-entry permits)to register information for quarantine, immigration and customs procedures in order to enter Japan. 
  ※Please understand that we cannot respond to enquires relating to the “Visit Japan Web”. For details, please refer to the website of Digital Agency, as below :  
Instruction Manual 
Inquiry Chatbot
【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.
※In principle, please make an appointment prior to submission. Holders of Certificate of Eligibility could submit their visa applications without appointment to the Japan Visa Application Centre in person during the centre’s office hours from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
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

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

〇 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.

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

  ・The special measures for “Permanent Residents” who failed to re-enter Japan within the period of validity of the “special re-entry permit”
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
    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
  5 Links
    A Guide to Japanese Visas (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    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 Invitation
    Travel Itinerary
    Letter of guarantee
    Details of Company / Organization
    Guarantee letter (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
       ・800906639 (Hong Kong)
   ・0800831     (Macau)
(English Only, 24 hours, 365days, Toll Free Numbers)