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.

In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Consular Section has modified several operations and services. We are anticipating longer than usual wait times at the consular office. If your application is not urgent, then we ask you to please consider rescheduling your visit. Longer wait times are also expected when contacting us by phone or email.


Japan Visa Information Hotline

TEL: 1-888-704-4459
24 hours /7days a week, English only 

About how to make a call on Skype
(1) Launch the Skype app.
(2) Select the search icon that says "Groups & Messages" shown on the top of the window.
* The words displayed may vary depending on your device.
(3) Copy and paste the dedicated ID of the JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE on the "Search Skype" field.
(4) Select JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE from the search results.
(5) Press the Audio Call button.
* You need to download the Skype app. (Free)

Visa Section Service Hours

*Temporary change of Visa Application window hours: from Monday to Friday, 9:00AM-11AM and 1:00PM-3:00PM,
 (We will be closed holidays)

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.

! Applications must be submitted in person or by a representative and we do not accept application by posted mail.
! In principle we do not accept an application from ESTA, B1/B2 U.S. visa status holders.
! US citizens are exempt from visa fees.  *Visa Fee Exempt Countries  
Temporary Visitor Visa(短期滞在ビザ)
Temporary Visitor Visa for Business
Spouse of Japanese Visa with C.O.E
Mid to Long Term Visa with C.O.E(other than Spouse of Japanese Visa)
 From 0:00 am (JST) April 8th, 2022, those foreign nationals who have been physically present in the U.S. in the 14 days prior to their arrival to Japan will not be subject to denial of permission to enter Japan, however, the visa exemption measures for the U.S. will be suspended. Therefore, all foreign nationals are still required to obtain a visa (except for those who have a valid re-entry permit). We currently do NOT issue any tourist or transit visa.

For further information, please see below:
Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 Transiting through JapanCurrently we are not issuing any transit visas, and travelers cannot go through the immigration & customs area at an airport in Japan without a valid visa. Please contact your airlines to confirm that you will NOT go through the immigration & customs area in Japan. If you need to go through the immigration & customs area at the airport in Japan, which is currently prohibited, you must reschedule your flights.
●Visas are only valid for 3 months. We will not accept any visa applications more than 3 months before your departure date.
● Foreign nationals who have a valid/expired re-entry permit
  1. Foreign nationals with Status of Residence (regardless of its category) who have departed from Japan with a valid Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit. Those foreign nationals do NOT need to apply for a visa to enter Japan.
  2. Foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on or before August 31, 2020 with a valid Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit, but have been unable to re-enter Japan because the validity of their permit has expired after their departure from Japan or those Certificate of Eligibility have either expired or are about to expire, please refer to this link: Entry from Overseas (Immigration Services Agency of Japan) and Handling of foreign nationals planning to enter Japan.
  3. Foreign nationals with the status of “Special Permanent Resident” are NOT subject to Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Therefore, they will not be denied permission to enter Japan based on Japan’s Border Control Measures Related to COVID-19.
Suspension of visa validity

From 0:00 am (JST) December 2, 2021, as emergency precautionary measure from a preventive perspective against coronavirus variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), validity of visas already issued by December 2, 2021 are suspended except for the status of residence of “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Diplomat”. This measure does not apply to foreign nationals who departed from overseas before 00:00 am (JST) on December 2, 2021 and arrive in Japan after the time.
Please refer to 4. Suspension of visa validity below for further information.

COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan  
1. PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING (Negative Test Result)
You are required to obtain an inspection certificate (negative test result) before departing the U.S. for Japan (the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure). You will be denied entry into Japan if you fail to submit the certificate upon your arrival to Japan (Therefore, airlines will not give you permission to board an aircraft departing for Japan without the certificate).  
You will be asked to pledge your compliance to several mitigation measures indicated in the Written Pledge form.

Regarding the use of apps following your arrival (Summary / Details)
You will need to register necessary information (ex. your contact details, travel history, health condition) prior to entry into Japan. *Visitors entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport can submit those documents 1-4 listed below and a vaccine certificate by online. Please check here for this pre-registration (Fast Track). Visitors can also submit the necessary information for immigration and customs procedures to enter Japan through "Visit Japan Web."
as of June 20, 2022

Download Files

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. 

Visa Application Form Visa Application Form (Handwriting)
Visa Application Form (Sample) Schedule of Stay 
Letter for Invitation (English) 招へい理由書 (Japanese)
Letter of Guarantee (English) 身元保証書 (Japanese)
Overview of Company/Organization 会社・団体概要説明書
PCR Test Form Letter of Authorization

Testing locations for COVID-19


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.