Welcome 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Attn: Visa Department' and your return address must be written on the envelope.
- Applying by mail involves some risks. We urge applicants to use Express Mail (you must select the check box for "signature required") service available from the US Postal Services. The Consulate General of Japan is not responsible for loss or damage of any mailed items or documents.
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.
For general information on Japanese Visas, click here to access the Japanese Foreign Ministry's website. You may also inquire by calling the JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE.
* This hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in the U.S.A or Puerto Rico.
* If you are calling from the U.S.A or Puerto Rico, you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
* This Hotline will only provide general information regarding Japanese visas.
* The Hotline will not connect you to the Consulate-General's visa section. If you need to contact the Consulate-General in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Consulate-General directly at (212)888-0889 during office hours.