Visa Application for those with family in Japan and other cases (COVID-19)

2022/6/14

              Visa exemption measures for Australian passport holders have been paused.
Australian passport holders currently need a valid visa to enter Japan.


For details and updates, please see our COVID-19 page or the following Ministry of Foreign Affairs pages:
Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel  
Border measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

Entrants to Japan on a family visa will need to provide proof of their family relation when entering Japan, so please travel with your family register or other supporting documents. 
 

Please also ensure you read the current entry information for Japan carefully.
 

The following information is for applicants in the ACT (Canberra).  If you live elsewhere, see here.  Please ensure you bring all required documents (including copies of documents as requested) to apply as the Embassy does not offer a printing service

 

1. Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals

A. Short term stay (up to 90 days) applications for passport holders of 68 countries/ regions (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA) (*1)

Application method for passport holders of 68 countries/ regions ordinarily subject to visa exemption measures, which are still suspended. If you are not legally married to your partner, please see  4. Short Term Visas for Family and Acquaintances
 
  • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
  • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
  • (iii) Copy of Japanese spouse's passport
  • (iv) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
  • (v) a koseki tohon (family register), issued within the last three months *PDF copy is acceptable.

B. Short term stay (up to 90 days) applications for passport holders of other countries/ regions

  • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
  • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
  • (iii) Copy of Japanese relation's passport
  • (iv) Proof of income (pay slips, PayG statement, savings statements, supperanuation, work contract etc.)
  • (v) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
  • (vi) a koseki tohon (family register), issued within the last three months *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (vii) Flight booking confirmation (please do not purchase a ticket until you have received a visa)
  • (viii) Residential Certificate (jyuminhyo) of Inviter (must be issued within 3 months)   *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (ix) Letter of Invitation (in English)/Letter of Invitation (in Japanese)     *PDF copy is acceptable.

C. Long term stay (more than 90 days)

a. With a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)
  • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
  • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
  • (iii) Certificate of Eligibility and copy of Certificate of Eligibility
  • *If your Certificate of Eligibility has expired, please see here for guidelines
  • (iv) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen

B. Without a COE: 

  • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
  • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
  • (iii) Copy of Japanese relation's passport
  • (iv) Proof of income (pay slips, PayG statement, savings statements, supperanuation, work contract etc.)
  • (v) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
  • (vi) a koseki tohon (family register), issued within the last three months *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (vii) Flight booking confirmation (please do not purchase a ticket until you have received a visa)
  • (viii) Residential Certificate (jyuminhyo) of Inviter (must be issued within 3 months)   *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (ix) Letter of Guarantee (in English)/Letter of Guarantee (in Japanese)     *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (x) Letter of Invitation (in English)/Letter of Invitation (in Japanese)     *PDF copy is acceptable.
  • (xi) Proof of Financial Capability of Guarantor *PDF copy is acceptable.     *PDF copy is acceptable.
    • Documents must be officially issued by governments such as Income Certificate and Tax Payment showing annual income.
    Further documents may be requested as required.
    If you are not a Canberra resident, please contact your local diplomatic mission for specific details about application documents.


     

    2. Spouses/Children of Permanent Residents

    As above, with the following conditions: 
     1.    You can apply for a Spouse visa if you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (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. 

    To apply without a CoE, please prepare documents as above with proof of residence (relation's passport copy, residence card copy and proof of relation such as a birth certificate)

     

    For a short term stay visa, please see 4. Short Term Visas for Family and Acquaintances
    (* Scanned copies of the documents from Japan are acceptable until further notice.)

     

    3. Long Term Visas for Spouses/Children of Long-Term Residents

    As above, with the following conditions: 
     1. If you have a Certificate of Eligibility (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 a short term stay visa, please see 4. Short Term Visas for Family and Acquaintances
    (* Scanned copies of the documents from Japan are acceptable until further notice.)

     

    4. Short Term Visas for Family and Acquaintances

    From June 1st, family of people living in Japan can now apply for a temporary visitor visa using the following documents if they hold a passport from a country or region ordinarily subject to visa exemption measures.
     
    • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
    • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
    • (iii) Copy of your relation's passport photo page
    • (iv) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
    • (v) Proof of relationship to your relative in Japan (Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Family Register etc.) *PDF copy is acceptable.
    • (vi) Copy of your relation's Japanese residence card if applicable (front and back)
    • (vii) Invitation Letter (Japanese or English) from your relative
    • (viii) Copy of Written Pledge (Japanese or English
    Acquaintances of people living in Japan can now apply under the following circumstances:
    • Visiting your fiancee or defacto partner
    • Attending the wedding, funeral or other significant ceremony of a friend
    • Visiting a sick friend
    Please contact the mission you will apply at to confirm what kind of proof will be required for a visa as an acquaintance.

    If you do not hold a passport from a country or region ordinarily subject to visa exemption measures, please apply using the following guideline, or contact us:

    "Application Procedures for Single Entry Visas (for Those with Nationalities other than China, Russia ,CIS Countries, Georgia or the Philippines")

     

    5. Humanitarian Reasons 

    You may be able to apply for a visa under specific humanitarian circumstances, such as a family emergency (if your family member is not included in the above categories) 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. 

     

    7. For all applications in Canberra

    Please bring:

    1. Your passport and a copy of your passport photo page
    2. A completed visa application form (every field filled out) with a passport photo attached
    3. If you are applying with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) , please bring it along with a copy of the CoE.
    4. Supporting documents as confirmed with us or as written above for Canberra residents. 

     ●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) 6273 3244 to discuss your application.

     ●Our opening hours are 9:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:30 during weekdays. You do not require a booking. 

    If you live elsewhere, please confirm your application and any necessary bookings or other procedures with your local diplomatic mission

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is a Long Term Resident and how is it different to a long-term resident?
     A.Long-Term Resident (定住者) is a specific visa category (Examples: persons with Japanese ancestry, Indochinese refugee settlers, the spouse or children of Japanese nationals left behind in China, etc.).
    It is not the same as someone who has a long-term visa for Japan (e.g. a student or work visa).

    2. How can I obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) (在留資格認定証明書)?
     A. The CoE should be applied for your sponsor (in this case, your spouse or their family) in Japan at their local Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Please see the Immigration Services Agency website for more information. 

    3. How can I obtain an original copy of the family register (koseki tohon)? 
     A.
    Your Japanese family member can obtain this from the city hall or ward office where their domicile is registered or you may be able to obtain it through other means. Please contact that office for further information. 

    4. I have an original copy of the family register, but it has expired. Can I still use it to apply?
     A.
    Please obtain a current copy of the family register to apply. You will also need it when you enter Japan. 
     

    Please feel free to contact us on 02 6273 3244 or at consular@cb.mofa.go.jp if you have any questions not answered on this page. If you live outside of the ACT, please contact the appropriate diplomatic mission for your area.