Information for Visa Application
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.
Change of Location for Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC) and Service Hours of Visa Acceptance and Passport Return
Since 1st October 2013 the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC) has moved from 15th Floor Silom Complex Building (near BTS Saladaeng Station) to 9th Floor, Mercury Tower (near BTS Chidlom Station).
The new service hours will be from Monday to Friday 8:30 to 18:00 without a lunch break (※Increased by 30 minutes from the previous 8:30 to 17:30. Passport Return on Saturday will no longer be available.)
For more details please check the JVAC website.
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. Please note that those who were deported from Japan in the past and are in the period of denial of landing will not be permitted to enter Japan.
- 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, ect. Visitors should check the list of necessary documents that might be required when entering Japan at our website.
Misinformation concerning Relaxing of Visa Requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam contrary
Announcement of New Visa Fees
Starting from 1st April 2013, visa fees will change as follows:
Temporary Visitor Visa: 1,120 Baht
Multiple Entry Visa: 2,240 Baht
Transit Visa: 260 Baht
Points-based preferential treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals in immigration procedure
Multiple Entry Visa for Sightseeing, Visiting Relatives and Other Purposes (for Thai Nationals Only)
1. Starting from 1st June 2012, the Japanese Government will launch a Multiple Entry Visa for temporary visitors specifically for Thai nationals living in Thailand. This is a result of the Summit Meeting held in Japan on 7th March 2012 between Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Yoshihiko Noda and Thai Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra.
2. We hope that implementation of the new Multiple Entry Visa will increase the number of Thai visitors to Japan, enhance business convenience and strengthen cooperation between both countries.
- Qualifying Persons:Ordinary passport holders who meet conditions set by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand
- Length of Each Stay:Up to a maximum of 90 days
- Validity of Visa:Up to a maximum of 3 years
Announcement of a Change to the Visa Application Form
The Embassy of Japan will renew the Visa Application Form effective from March 2012. The previous Application Form can be used until 30th April 2012. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Opening of JVAC Intake Offices
Starting from 4th April 2012, there will be intake offices to accept applications and return passports in another 5 provinces namely Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Phetchaburi, Surat Thani, and Songkhla(Hat Yai). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
For more information about JVAC Intake Offices, please visit the JVAC website
Visitors to Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate prefectures
As one of the measures to support reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan takes a measure to waive visa fees for foreign nationals who would be visiting Miyagi, Fukushima, or Iwate prefecture and meeting the following requirements. For further information, please click here
Visa Application Acceptance Times
1. Diplomatic, official, transfer of visa to new passport, and emergency humanitarian cases (including making an inquiry and submitting additional documents) will be eligible to apply or submit at the Embassy.
|Service hours :||Monday – Friday|
08:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:00
2. All visa categories except the cases mentioned in No.1 should apply at the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC), 9th Floor, Mercury Tower (near BTS Chidlom Station).
|Service hours :||Monday – Friday||8:30 – 18:00 (No lunch break)|
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.
- Contact address of JVAC in Bangkok -
TEL: 0-2251-5197-8 / Website
Location of JVAC in Bangkok and intake offices, please click here
Multiple entry visa for employees of companies that are listed on the Exporter List of the Department of Export Promotion (DEP)
- Index -
- General information for Non-Thai Nationals
- Visa Application Form to Enter Japan
- Questionnaire（is available at the JVAC counter or can be downloaded here )
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- Documents required for each category of visa
- 1. Temporary visitor visa for sightseeing and visiting friends
- 2. Temporary visitor visa for visiting relatives
- 3. Temporary visitor visa for business purpose
- 4. Multiple entry visa for a short-term stay on business (for nationals of the Asia-Pacific region)
- 5. Multiple entry visa for distinguished persons (for nationals of the Asia-Pacific region)
- 6. Transit visa
- 7. Long term stay or working visa with Certificate of Eligibility(COE)
- 8. Multiple Entry Visa for Visiting Spouse or Parent who has a Working Visa in Japan
For more information, please contact:
•Visa section, Consular Division, The Embassy of Japan in Thailand
- Address: 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
- Tel: 02-207-8503 / 02-696-3003
- Fax: 02-207-8511
- Application acceptance: Monday - Friday 08:30-12:00 / 13:30-16:00
- Telephone inquiries: Monday - Friday 08:30-12:00, 13:30-16:30
- Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Embassy's Holidays
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