Visa: General Information

Japan Visa Information Hotline: 0800-066-2179 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. calls will be answered in English).

How to Apply

Due to the high volume of applications received following the recent changes to the border restrictions, visa applications can only be submitted by post or through a registered visa agent. (See Latest Visa Information page).


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 normally takes 5 working days for visa applications to be processed. However, please note that due to restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, processing may sometimes take significantly longer than usual.

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 EdinburghOpen a New Window.

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 hereOpen a New Window 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

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.

Opening Hours

09:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 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.)


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