Visa: General Information
How to Apply
Visa applicants must visit our office in person along with their passport, visa application forms and all other documents required according to the purpose of stay (See Visa Categories below).
Note 1: Citizens of Russia and NIS are required to submit TWO visa application forms and TWO identical passport-sized photographs.
Note 2: Holders of Convention Travel Documents, emergency passports and temporary passports are advised to contact the Embassy in advance of making an application.
It takes at least 1 week for visa applications to be processed. Different processing times apply to applications with a “Certificate of Eligibility”.
We do not operate an appointment system. Upon arriving at the Consular Section of the Embassy, please take a numbered ticket and wait for your number to be called.
Applications from non-residents in the UK (e.g. visitor visa holders) cannot be accepted.
Visa applicants living in Scotland and the North of England (Cumbria, County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland) should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Edinburgh.
Visa applicants may use a registered visa agent to apply for a visa unless the application is for a Student visa, Working Holiday visa, or Spouse or Child of Japanese National visa.
Applicants who apply for a visa through a registered agent are not required to visit the Embassy in person to apply.
Please click here for a list of registered visa agents.
From March 2, 2015, applicants will no longer be able to use a pre-paid special delivery envelope in order to have their passport returned. Therefore, applicants who are unable to visit the Embassy in person are advised to use a registered visa agent.
Visa fees vary depending on the applicant's nationality and the type of visa (See Visa Fees list).
Note: Fees must be paid in cash. We do not accept cheques or credit/debit cards.
9:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding British National Holidays, The Year-end and New Year Holidays, and some Japanese National Holidays. Please see the list of Embassy Holidays.)
Between 12 noon and 2:00pm, the visa counter is very busy. Please bear this in mind when plannning your visit, and allow plenty of time to complete your procedure.
Consular Section, Embassy of Japan in the UK
101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
Tel: 020 7465 6565
Fax: 020 7491 9328
Note: We do not accept visa enquiries by email.
Japan Visa Information Hotline: 0800 041 8412 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls will be answered in English).