Visa to Japan


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Important Notice

Temporary Change in Consular Operations
(Revision of Operational Hours and Processing Times / Appointment needed for Consular Services)

Starting from 25 February 2020, the following temporary changes have been implemented to Consular Section’s operations. Starting from 15 April, the Consular Service will be available by appointment only due to the situation surrounding COVID-19 until further notice. Please click here for more details.

Visa (by appointment only)

(1) Change in Operating Hours
■ Submission: 9:00am to 11:00am
■ Collection: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

(2) Additional Information
[1] In addition to the required documents, applicants are also required to submit a declaration form regarding travel history. Please refer to our Embassy website.
[2] Due to the strengthened border measures surrounding the COVID-19 situation, the Embassy will need more time than usual to process visa applications. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind cooperation during this period.
Implementation of new restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note that in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation, the embassy has implemented temperature and travel history checks for visitors entering the consular section and Japan Creative Centre (JCC).

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ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: For security reasons, visitors are required to produce ORIGINAL personal identification document with facial photo, e.g. Passport, NRIC or Identity Card to enter Embassy’s premises. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Due to high volume of visa applicants after holidays and weekends, applicants are advised to come on our non-peak days to avoid waiting in long queues. For morning submission, visa applicants are advised to come into the embassy at least 30 minutes before closing. Click here for more information.

Visa Information

Under Japan's Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, it is stipulated that any foreigner wishing to enter Japan must possess a valid passport and a valid Japan visa. Accordingly, if a foreigner does not possess the necessary visa, in principle, he or she could be refused landing permission.

Visas granted by the Japanese Government are issued only by embassies or consulates under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. A visa cannot be acquired after arriving in Japan and a visa itself does not guarantee landing (status of residence) permission. The possession of a visa satisfies only one of the conditions for application for landing at an airport or seaport. In other words, foreigners in possession of a visa will not automatically qualify entry until they receive landing permission after going through immigration examination.

Normally, a visa can be issued in 5 working days if all the requirements are met. However, there are certain cases which require referral to the government office in Japan. Such referral cases may take up to 2 months for results. Urgent or express visa is NOT available.

* Due to the strengthened border measures surrounding the COVID-19 situation, it would be much appreciated if you could understand that the Embassy needs more time than usual to process visa applications. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Photocopy and photo-taking services are NOT available in our office and we DO NOT accept application with insufficient documents.

For other information related to visa, please check the FAQ below.

Visa Hotline

JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE (24 hours / 7 days a week, English only)
TEL : 8004922454

*This hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in Singapore.
*If you are calling from Singapore, you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are visa restrictions in place due to the situation surrounding COVID-19. For individual inquiries, please contact the Visa section of the consular service.