Japan Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes
British Yes No Yes
Australian Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes


To enter Japan, a passport valid for the duration of intended stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Visas for Japan are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:

• Nationals of Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK for up to six months.

• Nationals of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden for up to three months.

• Nationals of Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the USA for up to 90 days.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Japan.

Types and Cost

Transit visa: £4; single-entry temporary visitor visa: £16; multiple-entry temporary visitor visa: £32. These are the fees for most visitors requiring a visa, but costs differ for certain nationalities; check with the consulate for the most up-to-date information.


Temporary visitor visas are usually valid for 15, 30 or 90 days.


Passengers in transit and not leaving the airport do not require a visa. If you wish to leave the airport during transit and are not a visa-exempt national, you must obtain a transit visa.

Application to

In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy) or via a registered visa agent (in which case you don't need to visit the embassy in person).

Working days

Approximately five working days.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your stay, you must apply to a regional immigration office in Japan.

Entry with children

Documentary evidence of parental responsibility or guardianship may be required on entry if travelling as a single parent or non-relative with children.

Entry with pets

Animal quarantine can take several months. You can find detailed information from the Animal Quarantine Service (

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Japan in the USA

Telephone: +1 202 238 6700 or 6800 (visa section).

Embassy of Japan in the UK

Telephone: +44 20 7465 6500 or 6565 (visa section).

British Embassy in Japan

Telephone: +81 03 5211 1100.