Japan: Visa information
The details regarding border enforcement measures are available on the websites of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
4.1 Requests for visa applicants
2.28 IMPORTANT NOTICE:VISA SERVICE(From 1st March 2022)
10.29 IMPORTANT NOTICE: RESUMPTION OF VISA SERVICE（update）
5.12 Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Denial of the re-entry from India, Pakistan and Nepal
4.27 IMPOTANT NOTICE: SUSPENSION OF VISA SERVICE (in response to the prohibitory orders)
3.23 For those who wish to enter Japan (regarding visa application)
3.10 [UPDATE] Important notice: New visa service by VFS Global
12.27 [Important Notice] Temporary suspension of applying visa for new entry into Japan: foreign nationals who possess COE and who wish to visit as short-term stay for business
10.30 Re-entry of foreign nationals with the status of residence
Notice Regarding the Extension of Validity of Certificate of Eligibility
Notice Regarding the visa application with the Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
Notice for permanent residents who have difficulty re-entry Japan within the valid period of their permission due to the impact of COVID-19
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. (We recommend that you check your insurance details before travelling. For example, perinatal medical care is not covered by travel insurance and can be expensive)
Applying for refugee recognition does NOT necessarily mean you can work in Japan
Work and Long-term Stays
When a visa application is for a long-term stay in Japan for such purposes as employment, residency, etc, the applicant shall submit the original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility which a proxy in Japan should obtain from the Ministry of Justice in advance. The proxy, or the company/organization which acts as a proxy in Japan, shall contact the regional Immigration Bureau with jurisdiction over the place of residence /location (Immigration Bureau of Japan web：http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/index.html ). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot accept an application for the Certificate of Eligibility.
If the proxy cannot obtain Certificate of Eligibility for some reason, the visa applicant can apply for a visa directly at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate-General. However, it may take considerable time until the applicant gets the decision on his/her visa.