Visa Information

The Consulate-General of Japan processes visa applications for non-Japanese citizens who need a visa to enter Japan for short-term visits and/or extended stays.

Citizens of countries which maintain a visa exemption agreement with Japan are not required to obtain an entry visa for short term visits (generally up to 90 days, however, some countries are exempt for up to six months).

Citizens of the United States do not need a visa for visits of less than 90 days involving purposes such as tourism, business trips, and some educational programs.

For visits involving most other purposes or for long-term stays, all non-Japanese citizens are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Japan. If you are unsure if you need a visa or not based on your nationality or the purpose of your trip, please contact the Consulate for details.

Please see below for general requirements for short and long term visa applications. Additional documentation may be requested with your application depending on your particular status or circumstances.

Visa services are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm except on Consulate holidays.

Applications may be submitted in person or by mail from within our four-state jurisdiction of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Typically, applications take at least five business days to process, although applications involving special circumstances may take longer.
 

The Consulate General of Japan in Denver accepts visa applications in person Monday through Friday.

Business Hours
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Address
1225 17th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone
Tel. (303) 534-1151
Fax (303) 534-3393

 

 

Short-Term Visa Applications-General

Depending on your nationality, a short-term visa may be necessary in order to visit Japan for tourism and other non-paid activities such as business trips/education/athletics, etc. A short-term visa is good for such visits not exceeding 90 days in length. For stays longer than 90 days or for any activity involving profit or pay in Japan, another type of visa is required and you can not apply for a short-term visa.

If you are traveling through Japan in transit to another country and will not be involved in any activity other than rest and relaxation (not a business trip, etc.) in Japan, you may apply for a short-term transit visa. A transit visa is good for 15 days.

To apply for a short-term visa, a person wishing to travel to Japan must submit the following documents:
 

1 Valid passport

* If not a U.S. passport,
[ WITH a copy of ]
-U.S.A. Permanent Residence Card (Green Card)
-U.S. Immigration documents showing the status of stay such as I-94
 

2 Visa application form (Form No. 1-C)

- Visa Application Form (Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher is required to view this document)
- Example Form
 

3 Passport-size photograph (1 photo)

The photo should be taken within the last 6 months with 2" x 2" dimensions and front face view.


4 Official or reliable document confirming the dates of arrival and departure in Japan;

cf. itinerary issued by the airline company or a reliable travel agency.
(Please note that the visa application process takes at least five business days after all necssary documents are submitted, and that the Consulate is not responsible for tickets that become invalid due to delay or denial of visa.)


5 Visa fee

Visa fee varies by country. There is no fee for U.S. citizens. For further information, please call the Visa Section at (303) 534-1151. Please pay by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate-General of Japan. Personal checks, corporate checks, and credit cards are not accepted.


6 A letter from your employer/company

This letter should state the purpose of your visit, length of stay, and a guarantee of complete financial responsibility for all expenses of the trip. In addition, this letter must state the name, address and telephone number of the company you will visit in Japan and the name of a contact person there.
* Additional documents may be requested by the Consulate as necessary.


※ If you are not employed (you are a student, a stay-at-home parent/guardian or retired) please call the Visa Section at 303-534-1151 for specific instructions.
 

Long-Term Visa Applications-General

For stays in Japan longer than 90 days or for any activity involving profit or pay in Japan, a long-term visa is required to enter and stay in Japan. There are many reasons for going to Japan to stay long term and accordingly there are several types of long-term visas. Normally, these involve various types of work, education, or some kind of family relations in Japan. In order to obtain a visa, you will need to submit certain documents to verify your particular circumstance.

In most typical cases, your employer or other contact in Japan must submit these documents to immigration authorities in Japan. You will then receive a document called a Certificate of Eligibility to submit with your visa application. In general, this certificate is sufficient evidence to obtain a long-term visa, however, the Consulate may ask for additional documentation as necessary.

Alternatively, you may submit all of the documents together with your visa application. As a general rule, all supporting documents must have been issued within the last six months and they must be originals. Copies are acceptable for certain original documents such as a birth or marriage certificate, but they must be notarized or otherwise officially certified as copies of the original.

Also, please remember that you must travel to Japan within three months of the issue date noted on your Certificate of Eligibility, regardless of any time limits noted on the actual visa you receive.

To apply for a long-term visa, a person wishing to travel to Japan must submit the following documents:

1 Valid passport

* If not a U.S. passport,
[ WITH a copy of ]
-U.S.A. Permanent Residence Card (Green Card)
-U.S. Immigration documents showing the status of stay such as I-94
(In order to receive a long-term Japanese visa here in the U.S., you must have a long-term U.S. visa.)


2 Visa application form (Form No. 1-C)

- Visa Application Form (Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher is required to view this document)
- Example Form


3 Passport-size photograph (1 photo)

The photo should be taken within the last 6 months with 2" x 2" dimensions and front face view.


4 Original and photocopy of Certificate of Eligibility (Zairyu shikaku nintei shomeisho) obtained from immigration authorities in Japan.

*please confirm exact requirements for your particular case as additional documents may be required 

5 Visa fee

Visa fee varies by country. There is no fee for U.S. citizens. For further information, please call the Visa Section at (303) 534-1151. Please pay by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate-General of Japan. Personal checks, corporate checks and credit cards are not accepted.
 

If necessary, visa applications may be submitted by mail but only if you live within the four-state jurisdiction of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Please send all necessary documents to this office along with a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage (no cash or checks) to send your passport back to you. You must also include a signed and dated Mailing Waiver Form (PDF 14KB) when applying by mail.

It is strongly recommended that you use USPS Certified Mail, FedEx, UPS or DHL and a sturdy envelope/package to avoid damage during postal handling. The Consulate is not responsible for delays or loss of documents by the postal service/carriers.

Generally, it takes at least five business days to process visa applications. In certain cases an application may need to be referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, in which case the process may take a month or more. Please take the above into account when making your travel plans.

 

Re-Entry Permit Extension

The Consulate also processes applications for re-entry permit extensions for persons who currently reside outside Japan and hold a valid re-entry permit. The following documents are required:

If you wish to submit this application by postal mail, please include a pre-paid return envelope and a Mailing Waiver Form (PDF 14KB). See  above for details. For further information, please call the Visa Section at (303) 534-1151.

1. Valid passport with valid re-entry permit
2. Application to Extend Re-Entry Permit (Excel, 28KB)
3. A copy of Alien Registration Card
4. Document(s) that shows extension of re-entry permit is necessary
5. Fee of $27.00 (as of April 1, 2017)
 

Visa for Medical Stay

Please click here for information regarding Visa for Medical Stay.