New Visa Application Information for Spouses and Children of Japanese Citizens and Permanent Residents and other special cases (COVID-19)

2021/3/22
The following information is for new visa applications for Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals, Permanent Residents, and Long Term Residents. If you hold a valid re-entry permit (or special re-entry permit), please see here.

Visa exemption measures for Australian passport holders have been paused. 
Australian passport holders and travellers from Australia currently need a valid visa to enter Japan.
For details, see here.


For information on current entry procedures for Japan, please see here.
All entrants to Japan, regardless of nationality or visa status, need to provide a PCR Test Certificate and Individual Written Pledge, and quarantine for 14 days without using mass or public transport upon arrival. Please read the entry information carefully.

1. Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals

1.    You can apply for Japanese Spouse visa if you have a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) as a Japanese Spouse. 
2.    If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must also provide a family register proving your status as a spouse or child of a Japanese national (an original or a copy of koseki tohon).
3.    If you don’t have a CoE, you can apply for Temporary Visitor Visa.
You must provide a family register as above (an original or a copy of koseki tohon).

2. Spouses/Children of Permanent Residents

1.    You can apply for a Spouse visa if you obtain a CoE as a Spouse of Permanent Resident.
2.   If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member in Japan. 
3.   If you don’t have a CoE and want to stay in Japan long-term, please obtain a CoE first. For short term stay (up to 90 days), you can apply for Temporary Visitor Visa. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member in japan.

3. Spouses/Children of Long-Term Resident whose family is staying in Japan and who have been separated from their family

1.    If you have a CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. 
2. If you don’t have a CoE and you want to stay in Japan for a longer period, please obtain a CoE first. For short term stay (up to 90 days), you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member in Japan.

4. Specific Work Categories 

Some applicants with a CoE for certain limited work categories may apply for a visa. Please contact us if you believe this applies to you. 

5. Humanitarian Reasons 

You may be able to apply for a visa under specific humanitarian circumstances, such as a family emergency or medical treatment. Please contact us if you believe this applies to you. 

6. Permanent Residents whose re-entry permit has expired

If you are a permanent resident whose re-entry permit has expired, you may be able to apply for the following measure.
Please contact us for more information. 

For all applications:

Please bring:

1. Your passport and a copy of your passport photo page
2. A completed visa application form with a passport photo attached
3. If you are applying with a CoE, please bring it along with a copy of the CoE.

For further document information, see the category appropriate to you above. We may also request further documents as necessary.

If you are not an Australian passport holder, you may require other documentation, so please call us at 02 6272 7274 to discuss your application.