New Visa Application Procedure for Certificate of Eligibility holders and short-term business travel with screening certificate (審査済書)

2021/11/30

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


In relation to the new COVID-19 variant "Omicron", visa applications with the screening certificate have been paused as of 30/11 until 30/12. Please check for more updates later. 


If you wish to apply for a visa for spouse or child of Japanese citizen or permanent resident or enter Japan for humanitarian reasons (such as death or illness of a family member, medical treatment etc.) please see this page or contact us

To apply for visas with a screening certificate as per announced measures, please read on. 
 

1. Information for applicants in the ACT (Canberra):

A. Long-term Visa (with 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
  • (iv) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
  • (v) A screening certificate issued by the relevant government department (shinsa zumisho, 審査済証) (link in Japanese only)

B. Short-term Visa for Business (without CoE)

To enter Japan for up to 90 days on business related purposes.
  • (i) Visa application form (with passport photo attached)
  • (ii) Passport and copy of passport photo page
  • (iii) An original copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Employment or contract
  • (iv) Letter of Invitation
  • (v) Your valid long-term visa for Australia if you are not an Australian citizen
  • (vi) A screening certificate issued by the relevant government department (shinsa zumisho, 審査済証) (link in Japanese only)

Further documents for your application may be requested as necessary.

For application procedures in other areas of Australia than the ACT, please confirm details with your appropriate diplomatic mission.

 2. To enter Japan

Please see here for information on entry to Japan at this time. 

3. Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a Certificate of Eligibility?
 A Certificate of Eligiblity (CoE, 在留資格認定証明書, zairyuushikaku nintei shoumeisho) is applied for by your sponsor in Japan  on your behalf. For more details see the Japanese Immigration Services page on Certificate of Eligibility.
 

My Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) is older than 3 months. Can I still use it?
 Please see here (Japanese Immigration Services website) for information on CoE validity at this time. 

Can I apply for a working holiday visa, tourist visa, or enter on a visa exemption?
 At this stage you cannot apply for a working holiday visa, tourist visa or enter on a visa exemption scheme from Australia.

How can I get the screening certificate(shinsa zumisho, 審査済書)? Can I or my employer fill it in?
 The screening certificate is issued by the relevant ministry of the Government of Japan. You or your employer cannot fill it in. For application information, see here (Japanese only).


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.

For further information, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affair's page Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel.