apan Business Visa Application and Requirements

oreigners who are traveling to Japan on behalf of their companies and with the intention of conducting business have to apply for a Japan Business Visa.

Who Needs a Japan Business Visa?

You need a Japan Business Visa if:

1. You are from a country that is subject to Japan Visa requirements

2. You are traveling to Japan for business-related purposes, such as attend a meeting or a conference, for business talks or negotiations, etc.

Passport holders of the following countries are exempt from Japan Transit Visas only if they have a Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) or an ePassport in line with ICAO standards:


Indonesia (visa exemption for up to 15 days)




Thailand (visa exemption for up to 15 days)


United Arab Emirates (visa exemption for up to 30 days)

What are the Documents Required for a Japan Business Visa Application?

When you submit an application for a Business Visa, you need several supporting documents, such as:

apan Busines Visa Application Form, completed and signed. You can download a copy of the application form from the website of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Your passport, which must be valid for at least another six months and have at least two blank pages for the visa to be affixed in.

Flight Itinerary. Include a detailed plan of your arrival and departure dates, flight reservation number, your name, etc

Daily Itinerary of your activities in Japan. You can find a sample itinerary for Japan Visa at the website of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affair

Letter from your employer, written in a letter with the company’s letterhead. The letter must state your position in the company and the details of your trip (purpose, duration).

Letter of Invitation from the company in Japan, which is stamped with the company seal and states the reason and purpose of the invitation. The letter must be addressed to the Japanese Embassy

Letter of Guarantee from the inviting company in Japan, stamped with the company seal.

The Registration Certificate of the Japanese company.

Civil registration documents, as required (birth/marriage certificate, etc.)

How to Apply for a Japan Business Visa?

You may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK.

You have to apply for a Japan Business Visa at one of the diplomatic missions of Japan abroad, such as an Embassy or a Consulate. However, the diplomatic mission offices of some countries do not accept individual applications and you may have to apply through an accredited travel agency.

1. Contact the Embassy/Consulate/travel agency to book an appointment.

2. Collect the required documents for a Japan Business Visa (see below). The inviting company in Japan will have to send you several documents as well.

3. Submit the documents at the Japanese consular services or the travel agency.

4. Wait for the visa to be processed.

5. Collect your passport Embassy/Consulate/travel agency. If the application has been approved, your visa will be affixed and you can use it to travel to Japan within three months.

Getting the Landing Permit

Once you arrive in Japan, the Immigration officers at the point of entry will review your Japan Business Visa and the supporting documents, and they will affix a Landing Permit on your passport.

Once you get the Landing Permit, the Business Visa will become invalid. It is the Landing Permit that allows you to legally enter and stay in Japan for the duration it is issued.

2. switch to this visa from another visa while in the UK

How Long is the Japan Business Visa Valid?

A Japan Business Visa is a type of short-stay visa, which means it is valid for a maximum of 90 days. It is a single-entry visa and allows the holder to stay in Japan for up to 15 days.

However, citizens of certain countries may be able to get a multiple-entry visa for business purposes.

Can I Extend a Japan Business Visa?

YThe Japanese Immigration Offices do not typically issue visa extensions for short-stay visas, such as the Business Visa or the Tourist Visa.

You can get a Japan Visa Extension only if you have a long-term visa or if you have a serious and extreme reason for not being to leave Japan, such as a sudden illness or an accident.

Can I Work with a Japan Business Visa?

No, you cannot. A Japan Business Visa is a short-term visa (just like the Japan Tourist Visa ), so it does not allow you to engage in any renumerated activities.

If you want to work in Japan, you need a Japanese Work Visa as well as a Work Permit.

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