Visiting Japan & Visa

2023/11/30
U.S. citizen and foreign nationals of visa exemption countries* are EXEMPTED to obtain a visa when entering Japan for Short-term stay (less than 90 days) only.
 
See "the list of visa exemption countries and regions"

NEW *From September 30, 2023, nationals of Brazil are exempt from visa requirements for short-term stay.
*The visa waiver arrangement with the United States does NOT apply to Certificate of Eligibility (COE) holders.
*The Visa Waiver Program applies based on your nationality, NOT on your U.S. residence status (including green card).
 
For more information about entering Japan

Application Procedure

Please note that we DO NOT have expedited services.

At this time, due to a high volume of applications, the process will take longer than usual (may take more than 5 business days). Please be aware and apply with ample time for processing. Please note that we do not have expedited services. 

Kindly wait at least 5 business days to check your status by phone. Please also check your email (including junk email) and voice mail in case there are issues or questions with your application.


However, if you have a family emergency, please call 213.617.6700 and navigate to the visa section. Please call again later if we are unable to respond to your call as the office is experiencing high volume of calls.
 
 
Online visa application for visiting Japan 
 
 
 
How to apply eVISA (YouTube) & How to pay online (YouTube
 
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Please note that ONLY Short-Term Visitor Visa Tourism Purpose only】【Less than 90 days】【Single Entry may be applied online through eVISA.

Following applicants are NOT eligible to apply online through eVISA:
●Applicants applying for a transit visa.
●Applicants visiting family, friends, and acquaintances.
●Applicants traveling for business purposes.
●Applicants applying for any other purposes (ex. medical, conference, entertainment etc.)
●Applicants applying for a multiple entry visa.
●Applicants who have already departed to another country*.
●Applicants who plan to enter Japan within 7 days from the day of application.
●Applicants who have been convicted of a crime or offence, deported, etc.
●Applicants with dual nationality (with Japan).
●Applicants who visit Japan by ship.
*During the application process, applicants may be asked for an in-person interview at the Consulate Office. Therefore, applicants must be physically present at the place of residence when applying.
 
Please upload all the required documents listed on our checklist.


For more information, please visit the eVISA website and for online payment procedure, click here.
 
For inquiries, please kindly check the FAQ  or
Contact by email: japan-visa@bricks-corp.com  (English only)
*Please mention your nationality or citizenship and place of your residence in your email
Contact by phone: eVISA hotline (☎ 202-499-1468) (English only, 24 hours)
 

Visa Application at the Consulate
 
For those applying for a visa, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles will temporarily accept all applications by MAIL or DROP-OFF until further notice. 
We can only accept the applications from those who live in our jurisdiction.
 
VISA CATEGORIES:
*Please mail or drop off all the required documents listed on the checklists below: 
 
  1. TRANSIT
  2. TOURISM
  3. VISITING/ MEETING PERSON(S) WHO RESIDE IN JAPAN
  4. VISITING/ MEETING PERSON(S) WHO IS STATIONED IN JAPAN
  5. TEMPORARY VISIT AS BUSINESS CONFERENCE PURPOSES (SINGLE)
  6. TEMPORARY VISIT AS BUSINESS CONFERENCE PURPOSES (MULTIPLE)
  7. TEMPORARY VISIT FOR CHINESE CITIZENS (MULTIPLE ENTRY)
  8. ATTENDING A DEPOSITION AT THE U.S. EMBASSY / CONSULATE IN JAPAN
  9. WORK OR LONG TERM
  10. DIPLOMATIC OR OFFICIAL PURPOSES
 
★ Information on J-SKIP & J-FIND
 
CAUTION:
  • You must provide both a phone number and email address on your application form.
  • Visa processing time is about 5 business days from receipt of complete application.
  • Prepaid self-addressed return envelope is required (USPS only).
  • Signatures must be signed in ink pen, no digital signatures will be accepted.
  • Paste your picture on your application.
  • Do not staple your application.
  • Please make sure you have at least one blank page left for visa sticker.
  • We do not accept any applications from U.S. B-1 and B-2 visa holders.
  • Japan does not require a 6 month validity, as long as your ordinary passport is valid at the time of travel.
  • Cases that need to be referred to the Japan Headquarters may take longer. In that case, we will call you once your visa has been processed.
!!  Please note that incomplete applications may be returned back to you  !!

 1. MAILING:  WE ACCEPT USPS ONLY
Please mail all applicable documents listed in the above checklists to:
 
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Attn: Visa Section
350 S. Grand Avenue Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
     

You are responsible for properly addressing your return envelope and the placement of the postage stamp (please make sure to place it on the front of the envelope; same side as the address) or it may result in your envelope being delayed or not delivered at all. 

Please use the following format: 
Line1: Your Name
Line2: Street address (including apartment or unit #)
Line3: City, State, Zip Code


2. DROP-OFF : (Open 9:30am-11:30am daily)
Those who wish to drop-off their application package in-person may use the drop-off box inside the Los Angeles office, business days only between the hours of 9:30am-11:30am, no weekend or holiday service. Please submit materials in an envelope. Appointments are unnecessary. Please tell the 1st floor receptionist/security that you are going to drop-off the visa application at our office. Do not forget a prepaid self-addressed return envelope with tracking since there will be no picking up of documents at the window.
Also, please make sure to complete your application before drop-off. There is no space to fill in your application nor an officer to answer your questions upon drop-off. Please call our office in advance for any inquiries.   
 
Click here for Office Location, Hours & Holidays, and Directions & Parking

Fees

We only accept CASH (exact amount) or MONEY ORDER.
We do not accept credit cards or personal checks.
 
Type of Visa Fee ($)
Single Entry Visa $22
Double and Multiple Entry Visa $44
Transit Visa (including Double-Entry Transit Visa) $5
Indian Passport Holder (Single, Double, or Multiple Entry Visa) $6
Indian Passport Holder (Transit Visa) $1
   
Extension of Re-entry Permit $22
 
【Visa Fee Exemptions】 Citizens of the following countries are exempt from paying visa fees:
U.S.A. ,Canada, Bangladesh, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines (only for Short-term and Entertainer Visa), British Nationals Overseas (Hong Kong), Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R., Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Suriname, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius and Lesotho

Download Forms

To download application related forms: Click here.
 

General Information and Hotlines

- For general information about visas: Click here

- For general visa inquiries: 
Japan Visa Information Hotline (☎ 1-202-499-1468) or https://comm.brdg.site/visa_japan.html
* This hotline is available for visa applicants residing in the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska).
* If you are calling from the U.S., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
* This Hotline will only provide general information regarding visas to enter Japan.

- Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit or COE inquiries:
Immigration Services Agency of Japan (☎ 81-570-013904)