Visa Applications

2022/5/2

During Covid-19 situation all foreigners (also Finnish citizens) travelling to Japan must apply for a visa before travelling.
However, applicants in specified categories are eligible to apply for a visa.
Please refer to “Relaxation of Entry Restrictions for Foreign Nationals” of this page

 

Notice!

Information below may change.
We are recommending to confirm the information by calling Japan Visa Information Hotline: +358942704857 (24/7)
 
During Covid-19 situation all foreigners (also Finnish citizens) travelling to Japan must apply for a visa before travelling. At the moment handling time of the visa applications cannot be estimated.
Inquiries: consular(at)hk.mofa.go.jp
Please always book appointment before visiting Consular Section.
Please prepare cash exact amount for the possible fees.

Short-term stays (excluding work)

(A stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include remunerative activities.)
 

Finnish passport holders

In accordance with a general visa exemption agreement between Japan and Finland, Finnish nationals can travel to Japan without a visa for short-term stays that does not include remunerative activities.  However, the stay in Japan should not exceed three months (i.e. 90 days).  The exemption concerns Finnish citizens only. Foreigner, who is married to a Finnish citizen, may need a visa. He/she should check the possible exemption of visa before entering Japan.
 

Other pasport holders

Nationals of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan are not required to obtain a visa under visa exemption arrangements between Japan and those countries.  Nationals of all other countries and regions must obtain a visa to enter Japan.

Countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan

 

Visa Categories

Those who must obtain a visa to enter Japan, can apply for one of the following visas:
 

Temporary Visitor Visa

For the following activities not exceeding 90 days: sightseeing, visiting relatives or friends, recreation, convalescence, attending a conference, participation in unpaid lectures, meetings, amateur athletic meetings or other contests, short business trips (e.g. market surveys, business talks, after sales service for machinery imported into Japan).  This category excludes profit-making operations and paid activities.
Period of stay: 90 days, 30 days or 15 days
Documents required for application:
Sightseeing
Visiting Relatives/Acquaintances
Business trip, Cultural exchange, etc.

Note: Even if you are the subject of a visa exemption arrangement, permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities. We advise that you should take supporting documents with you for immigration inspection at the airport such as a return flight ticket, details of host organisation and evidence of sufficient funds for your stay.
 

Work or a Long-Term Stay Visa

To work in Japan, you must apply for the appropriate visa. For detailed information, please click here. Visa applicants for working visas are required to submit a Certificate of Eligibility (see below).

Note 1: Within 14 days of moving into an address in Japan, Working Visa holders (with the exception of 15 days and 3 months visa holders) must apply for Resident Registration at a local government office near to where they are living (further details).

Note 2: <Entertainer> Members of rock bands or similar groups, including non-performing members accompanying the group (e.g. tour managers, sound technicians, etc.), must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to apply for a visa. Classical musicians, members of symphony orchestras, theatre groups, opera singers, or professional sportsmen or women who have been invited to Japan either to perform publicly for remuneration or to participate in a competition may apply for visas with alternative documents in place of a Certificate of Eligibility. Please contact the consular section prior to applying for further information.
 

Spouse or Child of Japanese National Visa

Personal relationship or status for which residence is authorised: Spouses of Japanese nationals, children adopted by Japanese nationals in accordance with the provisions of Article 817-2 of the Civil Code (Act No. 89 of 1896) or those born as the child of a Japanese national.
Purpose of Visa: Spouse of Japanese National Visa is for a legal spouse of a Japanese national to accompany that Japanese national to settle in Japan.  Child of Japanese National Visa is for a child of a Japanese national who does not hold Japanese nationality to live in Japan.
Period of Stay: 3 years or 1 year
Documents required for application:
Spouse of Japanese National
Child of Japanese National
Alternatively, applicants can submit an application with a Certificate of Eligibility and no other documents will be required.
Other Information: Within 14 days of moving into an address in Japan, Spouse or Child of Japanese National Visa holders must apply for Resident Registration at a local government office near to where they are living (further details).

 

How to Apply

Visa applicants with Certificate of Eligibility

Applicants wishing to work, study, or live in Japan, should in principle first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, the applicant must ask a sponsor in Japan (an employer, spouse, school, etc.) to contact the local immigration office and make an application on their behalf. The application must be made by a sponsor in Japan.

Visa applicants must bring the documents below to Embassy of Japan / Consular Section in person OR send by REGISTERED LETTER in advance at least 1 weeks before your departure.

1. One Visa Application Form, completed and signed
2. One passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 6 months)
3. Valid passport
4. One copy of valid passport ID page
5. One copy of Certificate of Eligibility
6. One copy of residence card of Finland (If visa applicants are not Finnish)

After acceptance, examination and issue of visa, we contact you. After that, please visit Embassy of Japan to pick your visa up with the original below.
1. Certificate of Eligibility
2. Residence card of Finland (If visa applicants are not Finnish)
3. Visa fee in exact cash (If needed) Pleae click here.

It normally takes 5 working days to issue a visa.

Note 1: Certificates of Eligibility expire 3 months after the date of issue.
Note 2: Citizens of Russia and NIS are required to submit TWO visa application forms and TWO passport-sized photographs.


Visa Applicants without Certificate of Eligibility

Visa applicants must bring the necessary documents (see above) to the Embassy of Japan / Consular Section in person OR send by REGISTERED LETTER in advance at least 3 weeks before your departure.

After acceptance, examination and issue of visa, we contact you. After that, please visit Embassy of Japan to pick your visa up with the original below.
1. ID card (if visa applicants are Finnish or EU citizen)
2. Residence card of Finland (if visa applicants are not Finnish)
3. Visa fee in exact cash (where applicable)

It normally takes 1~3 weeks to issue a visa.

Note: Citizens of Russia and NIS are required to submit TWO visa application forms and TWO passport-sized photographs.

 

Application Forms

Note 1: All documents should be A4 sized.

Note 2: Do not close documents with stapler


Note 3: Citizens of Russia and NIS are required to submit TWO visa application forms and TWO passport-sized photographs.

Visa application form (QR Code generated version)
Letter of guarantee
Letter of reason for invitation
Schedule of stay
Overview of company / organization
List of visa applicants

 

Visa Fees

Visa fees vary depending on nationality and the type of visa.  Please see the visa fee list below for further details.

Please note that the embassy can accept only cash payments in Euro and you must bring the exact amount specified to you by the embassy.

Visa fees