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Visa Conditions and Required Documents

 

Short Term Stay

Visa for Estonian citizens and citizens of other countries that have reciprocal visa exemption arrangements with Japan

As of April 2010, Japan had taken measures concerning the waiver of visa requirements with 61 countries and regions

Nationals of these countries and regions, including Estonians, are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan for the period of 90 days or less when the purpose of their visit is tourism, commerce, a conference, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc.

On entry into Japan a traveller should possess a fixed-date, confirmed return or onward journey ticket, and any supporting documents, which can serve as evidence of the purpose of the trip (such as conference details, details of the host organization etc.). Furthermore, a traveller may be asked to show evidence of sufficient funds for the proposed period of stay in the country.

Only in cases in which the foreign national engages in paid activities in Japan, and in cases in which the period of stay of the foreign national exceeds the period of stay stipulated in each arrangement, it is necessary to obtain a visa.

Visa for Alien's passport holders (persons of undefined citizenship) who reside in Estonia

Note: Alien's passport holders need a visa to enter Japan. To apply for a visa, the applicant must have a valid Residence Permit of Estonia. The permit must be valid for at least 3 month after the return date of the trip.

In case the purpose of travel is tourism, an invitation letter and guarantee letter by a Japanese resident or organization are not necessary. In case the purpose of travel is short term business affairs, attending a conference, visiting relatives/friends etc., an invitation and guarantee by a person residing in Japan or a Japanese organization are required.

Documents to be submitted with visa applications:

  • Passport
  • Residence Permit (Residence card / ID card with a valid Residence Permit will be given back to the applicant after copies are made)
  • Three 45 mm x 45 mm passport-type photos taken within the previous six months
  • Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy or consulate
  • Hotel reservations
  • Air ticket reservations (return ticket)
  • Certificate of Employment (certifying that the applicant is working for that employer and that the working contract is maintained also after his/her trip to Japan).
  • Bank account statement (certificate, confirmed by the bank). *In case of business trip paid by employer, guarantee letter of covering the expenses by the employer can be submitted instead of bank account statement. In case of business trip, letter of reason for invitation and itinerary sent by inviter in Japan are required.
  • Itinerary in Japan (In case of tourism, the applicant him/herself fills in the form; blank forms are available at the Embassy. In case of business trip, visiting friends/relatives etc., the itinerary must be sent by the inviter in Japan)


From Japan (required if the purpose of travel is other than tourism):

  • Letter of guarantee (required in case of travel expenses provided by inviting person/guarantor in Japan)
  • Letter of reason for invitation
  • List of visa applicants (if more than one person is invited)
  • Documents on the inviting organization / documents on the guarantor
  • Itinerary in Japan

Some document in addition to the above may be requested for identification purpose.

For detailed information please contact the Embassy or visit the web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000121327.pdf

Visa for Russian nationals

Note: Russian nationals need a visa to enter Japan. To apply for a visa at the Embassy of Japan in Estonia, the Russian nationals must have a valid Residence Permit of Estonia. The permit must be valid for at least 3 month after the return date of the trip.

From January 2017, the visa requirement for tourists have been facilitated. In case the purpose of travel is tourism, an invitation letter and guarantee by a Japanese resident or organization are not necessary. In case the purpose of travel is short term business affairs, attending a conference, visiting relatives/friends etc., an invitation and guarantee by a person residing in Japan or a Japanese organization are required.
 

Documents to be submitted with visa applications:

  • Passport
  • Residence Permit (Residence card / ID card with a valid Residence Permit will be given back to the applicant after copies are made)
  • Two 45 mm x 45 mm passport-type photos taken within the previous six months
  • Two official visa application forms (available at the Embassy)
  • Hotel reservations
  • Air ticket reservations (return ticket)
  • Certificate of Employment (certifying that the applicant is working for that employer and that the working contract is maintained also after his/her trip to Japan).
  • Bank account statement (certificate, confirmed by the bank). *In case of business trip paid by employer, guarantee letter of covering the expenses by the employer can be submitted instead of bank account statement. In case of business trip, letter of reason for invitation and itinerary sent by inviter in Japan are required.
  • Itinerary in Japan * (In case of tourism, the applicant him/herself fills in the form, blank forms are available at the Embassy. In case of business trip, visiting friends/relatives etc., the itinerary must be sent by the inviter in Japan)

From Japan (required if the purpose of travel is other than tourism):

  • Letter of guarantee (required in case of travel expenses provided by inviting person/guarantor in Japan)
  • Letter of reason for invitation
  • List of visa applicants (if more than one person is invited)
  • Documents on the inviting organization / documents on the guarantor
  • Itinerary in Japan

Some document in addition to the above may be requested for identification purpose.
For detailed information please contact the Embassy or visit the web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/russia.html


About the visa requirements for other nationals please see the web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html
Foreign citizens can apply for visa in Estonia if they have a valid Residence Permit of Estonia. The permit must be valid for at least 3 month after the return date of the trip.
 

Work or Long Term Stay

New Visa for "Long Stay for sightseeing and recreation" in Japan (August 5, 2015)

Certificate of Eligibility
If an applicant wishes to work, study, or live in Japan, he or she should in principle obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan as evidence that the foreign national and his/her activity meet the condition for landing in Japan. To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, the applicant should ask a sponsor in Japan (an employer, spouse, school, etc.) to contact the local immigration office and make an application on his or her behalf.

A foreign national in possession of a Certificate of Eligibility can get a visa issued more easily at an embassy or consulate. Furthermore, there is the advantage that if the certificate is shown to the immigration officer at the time of the landing application the foreign national can more easily demonstrate that his status of residence conforms to the conditions for landing in Japan such as control, etc.

Please note that a Certificate of Eligibility expires after three months. An applicant must obtain his or her visa and arrive in Japan within three months of the issue date of the Certificate of Eligibility.

Documents to be submitted with visa applications:

  • Passport
  • Two 45 mm x 45 mm passport-type photos taken within the previous six months (Alien's passport holders must bring three photos!)
  • Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy or consulate
  • Documents certifying the purpose of the visit. Basically, Certificate of Eligibility is sufficient for the application and no other documents are required.

Even in the case that the purpose is a long term stay, the visa application can be made directly to the embassy or consulate without this certificate but please be aware of the fact that in this case it will be necessary to submit a large number of verifying documents in addition to those above; and the processing will take a long time (several months) because the application documents will have to be sent to the nearest immigration authority in Japan for examination.
 

Application form
Sample
Itinerary in Japan  
 

Visa Fee

Foreigners who obtain a visa for Japan must pay a visa fee (23.00 EUR for a single entry visa as of 01.04.2019). In the case of applicants from countries with reciprocal agreements with Japan, fees are reduced or exempted. For example, Estonian and Russian nationals and nationals of CIS countries do not have to pay a visa fee under reciprocal agreements, Alien's passport holders must pay the fee.

Contacting the Visa and Consular Section

Please note that we prefer to answer enquiries by phone. You can reach the Visa & Consular Section on (+372) 6 310 531 or by e-mail, info@ti.mofa.go.jp.

Opening Hours : Mon - Fri 9:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:30

Change to Landing Examination Procedure (08/10/07)

As of November 20, 2007, foreign nationals entering Japan must provide fingerprints and facial photograph at immigration control procedures with the purpose of taking preventive measures against acts of terrorism.

View an outline of new immigration procedures

Direct link to the Immigration Bureau of Japan

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