Visa / Consular Services



Japan visa information hotline

・The standard processing period is five working days from the date of the acceptance of the visa application by the Embassy. However,if any kind of checking is required (the submission of additional documents, an interview with the applicant, inquiries, etc.), or if a visa application is made for the purpose of a long-term stay without a Certificate of Eligibility, etc., the examination may take longer than five working days (from several weeks to several months). Please, also note that a visa application may be rejected as a result of the examination.
 (1) Short-Term Stay Visa
This visa is issued to those who wish to make a temporary staying in Japan up to 90 days for such purposes as: tourism; visiting relatives/friends/acquaintances; and short-term business affairs.
 (Notice) In either case, it is not allowed to perform any activities in Japan to undertake revenue-generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.
 (Notice) Citizens of some countries (or regions) do not require a short-term stay visa. Please refer to the List of Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions.  
 Please see "Nationals of CIS countries and Georgia who wish to come to Japan for a short-term stay" (written in English).

(2) Work or Long-Term Stay Visa
When an application for visa is made for the purpose of employment, residency, etc. in Japan, it is necessary for a proxy in Japan to obtain the “Certificate of Eligibility” and then for the visa applicant to file a visa application to the Embassy submitting the original of the Certificate of Eligibility.
In order to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, a proxy in Japan should make an application with the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to the proxy’s place of residence in Japan.
 (3) Visa for Medical Stay
This type of visa is issued to foreign patients wishing to visit Japan for medical purposes (including full medical check-ups) and to their accompanying person(s) as well if necessary and as needed.
 (4) Non-Moldovan Citizens
Those individuals who have Moldovan permanent/temporary residence permit or working visas are also eligible for submitting visa applications to the Embassy of Japan in Moldova.
 Click here for more information.

The Invitation Letter format has been updated due to the new border measures of COVID19 from June 1 2022.(
Invitees are requested to agree to the “Pledges and Agreements” before preparing the Invitation Letter.
Pledge (PDF)
Letter of Invitation (PDF)

Dear travelers to Japan

○It is recommended to take out an overseas travel insurance:
  ・An overseas travel insurance makes you feel secure, even in emergencies, and you can enjoy your trip.
  ・Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchased offers sufficient coverage of treatment costs, you can receive treatment without concern.
  ・It is recommended to have an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation, and cashless medical service. (We recommend that you check your insurance details before travelling. For example, perinatal medical care is not covered by travel insurance and can be expensive.)

Heat Illness Related Information

To prevent the entry of domestic animal infectious diseases into Japan ~Border quarantine~

Bring animal products into Japan from overseas