Visa: Temporary Visitor Visa



The Temporary Visitor Visa is for activities not exceeding 90 days as follows:
tourism, visiting relatives or friends, recreation, convalescence, attending a conference, participation in unpaid lectures, meetings, amateur athletic meetings or other contests, short business trips (e.g. market surveys, business talks, after sales service for machinery imported into Japan)
This category excludes profit-making operations and paid activities.

UK and Irish passport holders are NOT required to obtain a visa if they wish to enter Japan for a purpose of visit described above, for a period of 6 months or less. (Note 1, 2)
Please note that the visa exemption agreement does not apply to holders of British Overseas Citizen, British Subject or British Dependent / Overseas Territories Citizen passports. Under visa exemption arrangements, nationals of certain countries and regions(see list) who wish to go to Japan for the above-mentioned activities are NOT required to obtain a visa. (Note 1, 2)
Please note that holders of Convention Travel Documents, emergency passports and temporary passports are advised to contact the Embassy in advance of making an application.

Period of Stay

90 days, 30 days or 15 days (determined by assessment based on the information provided by the applicant)


Note 1: Even if you are the subject of a visa exemption arrangement, permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities. We advise that you should take supporting documents with you for immigration inspection at the airport such as a return flight ticket, details of host organisation and evidence of sufficient funds for your stay.

Note 2: For nationals of the UK (British Citizens), Ireland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico and Switzerland, the maximum period of stay given on arrival will be 90 days. If you wish to extend your period of stay for a further 90 days, you must go to the nearest immigration office to apply for extension of your period of stay.


Multiple entry Visa

A multiple entry visa may be issued to frequent travellers who intend to visit Japan for multiple short-term stays for purposes such as business activities and cultural activities, subject to certain conditions. Multiple entry visas can be used as many times as needed within the period of validity.