Visiting Japan & Visa

Foreign nationals who meet ALL of the criteria below are no longer required to obtain a visa.
  • U.S. citizen or foreign nationals of visa exemption countries (See "the list of visa exemption countries and regions")
  • Short-term stay (less than 90 days)
  • Purpose of the visit is either business affairs, visiting Relatives/acquaintances, tourism
*The visa exempt measure does NOT apply to COE: Certificate of Eligibility holders, who intend to stay more than 90 days or for activities to undertake revenue.

(New! 2023/3/17)  From March 17, 2023, applicants for a long-term stay visa may submit a copy of Certificate of Eligibility (COE) instead of an original one

(New! 2023/3/8) The consulate doesn't accept any inquiries regarding the status of your application. We will contact applicants only if additional documentation is required

(New! 2023/1/20)
Due to the high volume of visa applications, all visas will be issued only by mail after February 1, 2023. Applicants cannot receive a visa in person at the consulate office. For more details, please refer toHow to Apply for a VISA”.

24 Hours/7 days Japan Visa Information Hotline (English) TEL: +1 888 704 4459 (Toll Free Call)
The Consulate Consular Section TEL: 206 682 9107 ex.126 or 120

If you have questions, please contact 24 hours/7days Japan Visa Information Hotline. The Consulate is currently receiving a high volume of inquiries while our resources are limited. Please leave a message with your contact information when you call us. It may take us longer to respond to inquiries. Thank you for understanding.

Visiting Japan

Please note that every entrant is still required to have either a valid vaccine certificate or a pre-departure COVID-19 testing result and recommended to use Visit Japan Web


Staying Safe in Japan

Custom & Quarantine

Tourist information

What is JNTO ?

Official Name: Japan National Tourism OrganizationOpen a new window
Established: 1964 Purpose: Committed to the development of international tourism exchanges
Headquarters: 4-4-1, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004 Details of Headquarters


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