to the Visa Information page. The Visa Section
of the Consulate General of Japan in New York
takes care of the issuance of visas to foreign
nationals who wish to enter Japan. Whether you
need to obtain a visa in order to enter Japan
differs according to the purpose of visit, length
of your stay, your nationality, etc. So please
read the following instructions carefully to
determine if you need a visa.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday (except holidays).
Visa applications may be submitted at the visa window during those hours.
No appointment is necessary for visa applications. However, please be in the 18th floor at least 15mins before closing time.
Visa fees will be required for pick up time only, except for those citizens of the countries are exempt from visa fees.
Group Visa Applications:
Applications must be brought in mornings between the hours of 9:30 and 12:30 for those submitting 5 or more entertainer visa applications. Tour managers are encouraged to bring in one photocopy of the face page from each passport.
Copies of documents:
The Consulate General of Japan will not make copies. A good rule of thumb: If you want the document back, bring the original AND a photocopy.
If all requirements are met, most visas can normally be issued within 4-7 business days.
However, there are certain cases that require referral to the Ministry in Japan. These cases may take 1-2 months.
Applying by Mail:
Those residing outside of the 5 boroughs of New York City are welcome to apply by mail. Please refer to the following link for instructions:
Temporary Visitor Visa: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/d/03.html.
Visas for Work and Long Term Stay: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/d/04.html
Those applying by mail also have the option of picking up the passport when it is ready.
Those applying in person at the window can prepare a USPS self-addressed stamped envelope with completed express mailing label and the postage stamps and Release of Liability Form.
We can mail visas only within our jurisdiction and outside of the 5 boroughs of New York City.
For security reasons, this must be done by the owner of the passport, and cannot be done by proxy.
At the discretion of the Consul, some cases may require an interview in person.
Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Ave., 18th floor
New York, NY 10171.
Who can apply for a visa?:
1) The visa applicant may apply in person.
2) A proxy may apply on the applicant's behalf with a letter of proxy/power of attorney.
3) A travel agent who has registered with this consulate may apply on behalf of the applicant.
When a visa application is filed by proxy, the applicant must be physically in the United States, even if the visa applicant holds a certificate of eligibility. In some cases, the applicant may be requested to appear in person for an interview. Please note that applications will not be accepted if the documents are inadequate.