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.

*Click here for frequently asked questions and answers.

[New! 2023/3/27] Online visa application is now available.
Please check JAPAN eVISA website 
[New! 2023/7/6] Online visa will accept credit card payments from July 10, 2023. Please click here for more information. 

IMPORTANT: Applicants should only submit an eVisa application OR a regular visa application. DO NOT submit both types of applications at the same time.


FAQ about online application
[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. 


24 Hours/7 days Japan Visa Information Hotline (English) TEL: 1-202-499-1468 
The Consulate Consular Section  TEL: 206-682-9107 ex.126 or 120

Frequently Asked Questions about Visa

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.

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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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