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Japan Visa Application Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is a Japan Visa?
- 2. What is the difference between a passport and a Japan visa?
- 3. Do I need a visa for Japan?
- 4. What is the difference between a Japan tourist and Japan business visa?
- 5. How long does it take to obtain a Japan visa?
- 6. How long is a Japan visa valid?
What is a Japan Visa?
A Japan visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of Japan on a passport that allows the bearer to visit Japan. Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates of Japan for your visit. "Visit" is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory. There are over 270 countries that offer visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.
What is the difference between a passport and a Japan visa?
A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The passport serves two purposes; to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.
A Japan visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. A visa is in the form of a stamp/sticker IN the passport and is obtained from an Embassy in Washington DC or consulates around the country. Japan does not require a visa for tourist or business purposes for United States citizens. You will require a US passport with at least 6 months of validity left. We are a passport expediting service and can take care of expediting your US passport.
Who needs a Japan visa?
All US Citizens do not require a visa to travel to Japan, whether for business or tourism for short-term stays; however, you will need a US Passport. We can help you obtain your passport quickly. Some Foreign Nationals DO require a visa and we can assist with this matter for you.
Japan visas are issued according to the purpose of the trip; choose the visa that best describes your trip :
Activities which require a Japan Tourist Visa
Tourism trip; visits to relatives
and/or friends; scientists,
professors or researchers attending
cultural, technological or
scientific conferences, seminars or
meetings (services provided must not
be paid by
reimbursement for expenses or per
diem allowances); unpaid
participation in athletic or
performing arts events or
Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Japan.
Activities which require a Japan Business Visa
Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature.
How long does it take to obtain a Japan visa?
Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Japan Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to "rush" your Japan visa.