Visa: General Information

Japan Visa Information Hotline: 0844-986-4968 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls will be answered in English).

Who needs a Visa?

The Visa Exemption Arrangement applies based on your nationality, NOT on your UK residence status.
  Types of Travel Visa Requirements
British Citizens NOT Required
Non-British Citizens Visa Exemption Countries and Regions (List) NOT Required
Non-Visa Exemption Countries and Regions Required

※Holders of British Overseas Citizen, British Subject or British Dependent / Overseas Territories Citizen passports or Convention Travel Documents are not included in “British Citizens”and “Visa Exemption Countries and Regions”. Holders of such documents must obtain a visa prior to travel and should contact us for visa information.


How to Apply

Applications from non-residents in the UK (e.g. visitor visa holders) cannot be accepted.

Apply at the Embassy

Please submit all the required documents for your visa category at the Consular Section in person. An appointment must be booked in advance HERE.

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.

Please click hereOpen a New Window for a list of registered visa agents.

Apply through Japan eVISA System

※From June 1, 2024, the payment method for an eVISA will be limited to online payment. We will only accept the payment by your credit card and you will not be able to pay in cash at the Japanese overseas establishment.

You may submit a visa application, receive your eVISA, and pay the visa fee by credit/debit card via the Japan eVISA system.
For more details, please check click HEREOpen a New Window.



Visa applications should be made at the Japanese Embassy with jurisdiction over the applicant's place of residence. 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 EdinburghOpen a New Window.


Visa Category


Processing Time

Once a visa application has been accepted as valid, in most cases it will take 5 working days.


Visa Fees

Visa fees vary depending on the applicant's nationality and the type of visa (See Visa Fees list).


Opening Hours

09:30 - 16:30, 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.)



Inquiries about general visa matters

Japan Visa Information Hotline(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Tel: 0844-986-4968
Toll-free call via internet:


Other inquiries

Consular Section, Embassy of Japan in the UK
101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
Tel: 020 7465 6565 (9:30 - 18:00)
Fax: 020 7491 9328