How to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa? Here’s a short guide

Whether you are planning a solo trip or have travel plans with friends or family to visit Japan for recreation purposes or meet and greet others, you need to have Japan’s Tourist Visa.

Documents you need for the Japan Tourist Visa Application

  • Visit the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website and download the Tourist Visa Application. Fill in the details carefully and sign it.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least the next 6 months.
  • There must be a minimum of 2 blank pages in your Passport.
  • Get a Passport-size picture of yourself as per guidelines.
  • Flight Itinerary and Daily Itinerary
  • Civil status documents (as required): Birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
  • For a self-financing Trip: You need the last 3 months’ Bank Statement
  • Your latest Income Tax Returns
  • If you are employed: No Objection Certificate or a Letter of Employment

How to Get a Japan Tourist Visa?

  1. Contact and make an appointment with the Japanese Embassy to make for submission of your visa application.
  2. Collect the instructed documents in a folder.
  3. Submit the documents file at the Embassy or the travel agency.
  4. You will get the visa process completion alert.
  5. Claim your passport.

What are the guidelines for photographs to affix on the Travel Visa?

  • There must be a White Background
  • Dimensions: 4.5cm x 4.5cm
  • You must be staring straight with a neutral facial expression
  • The picture must have been taken in the last six months
  • Your entire face must be visible
  • Mention your name and birthdate on the back of the photograph

What is the time duration for a Japanese Tourist Visa to be processed?

From the beginning of the day, the Embassy or Consulate receives your completed visa application, the process runs for about 5 working days. However, this could exceed if they need a further examination of the application or if you need to submit additional documents.

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