Visa & Travel

Visa Information

Welcome to the Visa Information page. The Visa Section of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu handles applications for visas to enter Japan. Whether you need to obtain a visa in order to enter Japan differs according to the purpose of visit, length of your stay, your nationality, etc.


Visa Section Service Hours

This section is open from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (except holidays).
Appointments are not necessary. However, please call in advance to verify that you have all the necessary documents to apply for your visa.



Visa Jurisdictions

The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu has a jurisdiction covering the State of Hawaii and American Samoa. If visa applicants reside outside the State of Hawaii or American Samoa, please contact the Japanese Consulate or Embassy that handles visas for your area.

List of Japanese Embassies and Consulates


Visa Requirements

The requirements for visas vary depending upon nationality (citizenship), purpose of trip, and length of stay.
As a rule, applications must be submitted in person to the Consulate. 




Visas are processed in the order that the application is received. No exceptions are made for any personal reasons. Normally, a visa can be issued within 4-7 business days, if all the requirements are met. However, there are certain cases that require refferal to the Ministry in Japan. These cases may take 1-2 months or more. Early planning for your trip to Japan is recommended, since visas can be obtained up to three months prior to departure for Japan.
*There are no more services for one-day issuing for outer island residents.


Download Files 
Visa Application Form
QR code / without QR code for handwriting ( Sample )
Letter of Invitation (English) Letter of Invitation (Japanese)
Letter of Guarantee (English) Letter of Guarantee (Japanese)
Schedule of Stay  Letter of Authorization
  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Visa Section at 808-543-3111 or visit the Visa Window during business hours.



Criteria of Visa Issuance

A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she meets all of the following requirements and if the issuance is considered to be appropriate.

  1. The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or a country of his/her residence.
  2. All submitted documents are authentic, completed and satisfactory.
  3. The activities to be engaged in Japan/the civil status or the position of the applicant/the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as the "Immigration Control Act")
  4. The applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.



Japan Visa Information Hotline

24 hours /7 days a week, English only
*This Hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in Hawaii, USA. If you call from Hawaii, USA., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
*This Hotline will only provide general information regarding Japanese visas and will not connect you to the Consulate-General's Visa Section.
*If you need to contact the Consulate-General in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Consulate-General directly during office hours.