Visas and Consular Services


With passports issued by visa exception countries, you can travel to Japan as a temporary visitor for maximum 90 days without visa.

According to “Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act”, your passport must be valid at the time of entry to Japan. 
However, we strongly recommend that your passport should be valid at least for the duration of your stay or even a few months after the trip to be prepared for unforeseeable circumstances because you must carry a valid passport at all time in Japan as provided by the aforementioned act. 
Also, please check the conditions of the transit countries before your departure.



1) Immigration and Residence Permit Procedure (Re-entry Permit, Certificate of Eligibility, Resident Card etc.)
   “Immigration Information Center”
   TEL: +81-3-5796-7112 Weekdays 8:30 to 17:15 (Japan Time)
   Supported languages: Japanese, English
2) Visa Procedure

   “Visa Information Hotline”

    TEL: + 358-753263777
    24 hours/365 days
    Supported language: English



How to Apply
Visa Categories
Frequently Asked Questions
Transfer of Visa Attached on Expired Passport


Re-entry measure is conducted by Immigration Service Agency. When you have a question, please contact the aforementioned “Immigration Information Center” firstly.
Re-Entry Permission
Special Re-Entry Permission
Extension of Validity of Re-Entry Permission
When you have lost the passport with Re-Entry Permission or Special Re-Entry Permission abroad


Police Certificate
This certificate reports whether you have a criminal record for the duration you lived in Japan.
Certificate of Driver’s License
To certify that the applicant has a Japanese driver’s license either in English or in Finnish.
Certificate of Translation
To certify that translation is faithful to the original Japanese official document.
Birth Certificate
To certfy when and where the applicant was born.



Birth Registration
To be submitted within 3 months from the birthday of the newborn in Finland.
Death Registration
To be submitted within 3 months from the day the person passed away in Finland.
Renouncing Japanse Nationality
To be submitted by the due date, when a double or multiple nationality holder chooses a non-Japanese nationality in Finland.
Notification of Loss of Japanese Nationality
To be submitted by the due date, when Japanese citizen acquired a foreign nationality at own will or a double or multiple nationality holder chooses a non-Japanese nationality 



Disagreement on the issuance of the child's Japanese passport



Guide for when You are Feeling Ill
Medical expenses can be very high for foreign visitors to Japan who get injured or become ill during their stay. You are strongly recommended to purchase private medical insurances in advance.
Customs Procedure
Bringing Medicines for Personal Use
Driving in Japan
Consumption Tax Exemption System


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