Temporary Visitor Visa

(Applications can be lodged only from individuals actually living or studying in the ACT or areas very close to the ACT, not from tourists or travellers. Whether or not a letter of guarantee from someone in Japan (a Japanese national or foreign permanent resident of Japan) is required with your temporary visitor application depends on who is going to pay for your airfare and living expenses in Japan. Most, but not all, travellers finance their own trip to Japan, paying for their airfare and accommodation by themselves. Such travellers do not require a letter of guarantee from someone in Japan. For further information on this point, please phone the Embassy’s Consular Section on 02 6273 3244.)

All applicants are urged to visit the link below to ascertain whether they need to apply for a visa to travel to Japan as a temporary visitor (less than 90 days) or transit Japan (less than 90 days). Some nationalities, including Australians, do not require a visa for these purposes.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html
 

Holiday, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives (Up to 90 days; a double-entry holiday visa is possible; please contact the Embassy for further details)

The following must be submitted for the application for the visa:
1. A valid passport
2. Evidence that you hold a valid Australian visa. This must be obtained by visiting the VEVO Section of the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The link is http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/vevo/vevo-overview.aspx
*Your visa grant letter cannot be accepted. Please check your VEVO printout to ensure that the passport / ImmiCard number is the same as the number of the passport you will submit for your visa.
3. One completed visa application form (Sample)
4. One passport sized photo (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm or 2in. x 2in.; taken within the past 6 months)
5. Flight details (full flight details from an accredited travel agent or airline for your trip from Australia to Japan, including visits to third countries on the way to Japan and back) [IN ENGLISH OR JAPANESE ONLY]
*We do not require the purchase of tickets, but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may become unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa.
*If you are returning to your country after your trip to Japan, you don’t need to show a flight booking back to Australia. ​
*All flight bookings must have your passport name on them.
6. Bank statement for your savings or investment account with your full name and current Canberra address on it. You must have $100 for every day that you plan to be in Japan. Please take your statement to the bank to have it stamped by the bank officer.
*Please remember that you must have enough funds in your bank account for your flight and accommodation. If you can’t prove you have paid for them we will check your funds very carefully so make sure you have enough in your account when you apply.
7. Student ID (if applicable)
8. Accommodation details. If you plan to stay in a hotel or hotels we need all the confirmed bookings for your stay in Japan from the hotel/hotels’ websites or an on-line booking website [IN ENGLISH OR JAPANESE ONLY].
*All hotel bookings must have your passport name on them. If you plan to stay with a friend in Japan we need on a signed letter (original) from your friend promising to give you accommodation. Please call us for more information on what must be written in this letter. We also need a photocopy of your friend’s Residence Card if your friend is not Japanese. If your friend is Japanese we need only the signed letter.
9. A visa for the next country that you will visit after Japan (if applicable)

- Additional documents may be required if necessary.
- The minimum processing time is 1 working week. It might take longer if additional documentation is required.
- There is NO priority processing service, although we are understanding if a visa needs to be issued urgently because of humanitarian considerations, including a family emergency. Please try to give the Embassy sufficient time to process your application..
- A Temporary Visitor Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. An applicant may therefore apply for his or her visa within 3 months prior to entering Japan.
- Telephone assistance is available on 02-6273-3244, Monday-Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00 if you have any enquiries. Please try to make your enquiry by telephone instead of E-mail.
 

Business (Up to 90 days)

The following must be submitted for the application for the visa:
1. A valid passport
2. Evidence that you hold a valid Australian visa. This may be obtained by visiting the VEVO Section of the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The link is http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/vevo/vevo-overview.aspx
3. One completed visa application form (Sample)
4. One passport sized photo, 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm or 2in. x 2in.; taken within the past 6 months)
5. Flight details (full flight details from an accredited travel agent or airline for your trip from Australia to Japan, including visits to third countries on the way to Japan and back)
*We do not require the purchase of tickets, but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may become unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa.
6. An original letter on company letterhead from the applicant's Australian company which must include the nature of the business trip, the applicant's position, schedule, length of stay, and the company's financial responsibility for the expenses incurred (flight and accommodation) during the trip.
7. An original letter of invitation from the company in Japan.
8. A visa for the next country that you will visit after Japan (if applicable)

- Additional documents may be required if necessary.
- The minimum processing time is 1 working week. It might take longer if additional documentation is required.
- There is NO priority processing service. Please try to give the Embassy sufficient time to process your application..
- A Temporary Visitor Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. An applicant may therefore apply for his or her visa within 3 months prior to entering Japan.
- Telephone assistance is available on 02-6273-3244, Monday-Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00 if you have any enquiries. Please try to make your enquiry by telephone instead of E-mail.
 

To attend an academic conference (Up to 90 days)

The following must be submitted with the application for the visa:
1. A valid passport
2. Evidence that you hold a valid Australian visa. This may be obtained by visiting the VEVO Section of the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The link is http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/vevo/vevo-overview.aspx
3. One completed visa application form (Sample)
4. One passport sized photo. (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm or 2in. x 2in.; taken within the past 6 months)
5. . Flight details (full flight details from an accredited travel agent or airline for your trip from Australia to Japan, including visits to third countries on the way to Japan and back)
*We do not require the purchase of tickets, but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may become unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa.
6. An original letter from the home institution (university, etc.) on letterhead which must include the nature of the conference, relevant dates, the applicant's position (name, nationality and passport number), and the length of stay and flight and accommodation arrangements during the trip.
7. Details of the conference (schedule, purpose, etc.)
8. A letter of invitation or paid registration form from the conference organizer in Japan.
9. Student ID (If applicable)
10. A visa for the next country that you will visit after Japan (if applicable)

- Additional documents may be required if necessary.
- The minimum processing time is 1 working week. It might take longer if additional documentation is required.
- There is NO priority processing service. Please try to give the Embassy sufficient time to process your application..
- A Temporary Visitor Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. An applicant may therefore apply for his or her visa within 3 months prior to entering Japan.
- Telephone assistance is available on 02-6273-3244, Monday-Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00 if you have any enquiries. Please try to make your enquiry be telephone instead of E-mail.