- Substantial Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam
- Relocation of Chidlom Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC)
- Multiple Entry Visa for Temporary Visitor Specifically for Indian Nationals
- Announcement of New Visa Fees
- Opening of the new Japan Visa Application Center
- False Information about the Suspension of Visa Exemption For Thai Nationals
- Notice for travelers who use visa exemption for Thai nationals
- Visa Exemption for Thai Nationals Effective from 1st July 2013
- Exemption of Visas for Nationals of Malaysia
- Misinformation concerning Relaxing of Visa Requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam country
- Points-based preferential treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals in immigration procedure
- Launch of "Visa for Medical Stay"
- The Opening of the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC) for Visa Applications and Passport Return
- Multiple Entry Visa for a Short-Term Stay on Business (for Nationals of the Asia-Pacific Region)
- Japan's Visa Policy in Accordance with Measures to Combat Trafficking in Persons
- Immigration Procedures since 20 November, 2007
- Exemption of Temporary Visitor Visa Fee for ASEAN University Students
1. Information for Visa Application
Substantial Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam
Relocation of Chidlom Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC)
From 1st September 2014, Chidlom Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC) will move from Mercury Tower (adjacent to BTS Chidlom Station) to 9th Floor, One Pacific Place (near BTS Nana Station). After moving the Chidlom Center will change its name to Nana Center.
For more details of the new location please check the JVAC website.
The Japan Visa Application Center
Multiple Entry Visa for Temporary Visitor Specifically for Indian Nationals
- Starting from 3rd July 2014, the Japanese Government launched a Multiple Entry Visa for temporary visitor specifically for Indian nationals.
- To assist Indian nationals living abroad, we will accept applications from overseas embassies and consulates.
- We hope that implementation of the new Multiple Entry Visa will increase the number of Indian visitors to Japan, enhance business convenience and strengthen cooperation between both countries.
(References) Multiple Entry Visa for Temporary Visitor Specifically for Indian Nationals who possess an ordinary passport.
- Qualified Applicants: Ordinary passport holders in compliance with ICAO standards. It can be a machine readable passport (MRP) or passport contains an integrated circuit (IC) chip.
- Length of Each Stay: 15 days
- Validity of Visa: Maximum of 3 years
- Place of Application: Overseas Embassies and Consulates
※Prior to application please check our website for the requirements.
Announcement of New Visa Fees
Starting from 1st April 2014, visa fees have been changed as follows:
Temporary Visitor Visa: 940 Baht
Multiple Entry Visa: 1,880 Baht
Transit Visa: 220 Baht
Opening of the new Japan Visa Application Center
The Japan Visa Application Center (Silom Center) will be open on December 2, 2013 on the 10th floor of YADA Building which is near the exit 3 of BTS Sala Daeng station, as its second office in Bangkok. For the detailed information, please see the website of the Japan Visa Application Center (Silom Center).
The business hours of the Silom Center will be Monday through Friday, from 08:30 to 18:00.
About the visa application at the Silom Center, an advance appointment is required. Those who would like to apply for a visa at the Silom Center, please make an appointment via its website or telephone before actually go to the Silom Center for the visa application.
Japan Visa Application Center (Silom Center)
With the opening of the Silom Center, Japan Visa Application Center will have two offices including the existing Chit Lom Center which is on the 9th floor of Mercury Tower Building near BTS Chit Lom station.
False Information about the Suspension of Visa Exemption For Thai Nationals
There is unfounded information that the government of Japan will suspend the visa exemption for Thai nationals from January 1, 2014 which is NOT TRUE. The government of Japan did not make such an announcement.
For the immigration examination which is a measure that has been conducted, travelers should prepare documents or items such as a returning ticket (including e-ticket), financial proof that the travelers can cover their travel expenses while in Japan (cash, credit card, etc.), and contact information in Japan (name, address and telephone number of contact person, hotel, etc.) to show them to an immigration officer in case you are required to do so.
Those who are exempted from visa with this exemption measure are Thai nationals who will stay in Japan for not more than 15 days and whose activities in Japan are categorized as “Temporary Visitor”.
Activities which are allowed under the “Temporary Visitor” category are sight-seeing, visiting friends, attending lectures or meetings, or business communication during a short period of stay in Japan. Activities related to the management of business involving income or activities for which travelers receive reward are not allowed.
Notice for travelers who use visa exemption for Thai nationals
- Visa exemption for Thai nationals has started since 1st of July this year. (For detailed information about the visa exemption, please see “Visa Exemption for Thai Nationals Effective from 1st July 2013” (see below) in our website.)
The length of stay with this visa exemption measure is not more than 15 days. Travelers who plan to stay in Japan more than 15 days need to apply for a visa before travel to Japan.
In case it turns out that you have to stay more than 15 days due to inevitable reasons after entering Japan, please contact an immigration office in Japan.
- If a traveler exceeds the 15 days of lading permission without the due procedures, the person will be in the state of illegal stay. In this case, the person may be deported and shall not be permitted to enter Japan for 5 years or 10 years. Moreover, a person who violates any law or regulation of Japan and has been sentenced to imprisonment for 1 year or more shall not be permitted to enter Japan for an indefinite period.
- Please be aware that travelers who make false declaration in the immigration examination or those who were deported from Japan in the past and are still in the period of denial of landing shall not be permitted to enter Japan.
Visa Exemption for Thai Nationals Effective from 1st July 2013
- As previously announced Thai nationals traveling to Japan for a short-term period will be exempted from visas. The Government of Japan has now announced the effective date is 1st July 2013 and the length of stay is for not more than 15 days. If anyone wishes to visit, work, or stay in Japan for other purposes for more than 15 days they still have to apply for a visa.
- We hope that exchange between Japan and Thailand will further be promoted by this visa exemption.
- When entering Japan visitors will go through the immigration procedure at the airport which is similar to when they apply for a visa at the embassy. The immigration officer might ask some questions concerning the purpose of visit or might ask to check certain documents such as a return air ticket, etc. Visitors should check the list of necessary documents that might be required when entering Japan at our website.
- Please note that those who were deported from Japan in the past, are in the period of denial of landing or have a record of breaking the laws of Japan or other countries and being sentenced to more than one year in prison in the past will not be permitted to enter Japan. However, those who have a special necessity to travel to Japan, such as humanitarian reasons, should consult with Embassy of Japan.
Misinformation concerning Relaxing of Visa Requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam country
Points-based preferential treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals in immigration procedure
Launch of "Visa for Medical Stay"
In January 2011, the Japanese government started issuing a "Visa for Medical Stay" for foreigners who aim to receive medical services in Japan.
For more information: click here
The Opening of the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC) for Visa Applications and Passport Return
Since 4 August 2010, JVAC has accepted applications and returned passports for all visa categories except for diplomatic and official personnel. And since 23 September 2010, there have been intake offices located inside the post offices in 6 provinces. Because of this the Embassy of Japan in Thailand now accepts applications and returns passports for diplomatic and official personnel only. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Applicants who reside in the 9 northern provinces (Chiangmai, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiangrai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Prae, Nan, and Uttaradit) must apply for visa at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
For more information about intake offices, please contact JVAC in Bangkok directly.
JVAC in Bangkok and intake offices will only accept visa applications and return passports. Visa examinations will continue to be conducted at the Embassy. The final decision to issue or refuse a visa remains solely with the Embassy of Japan.