Consular Affairs

2022/6/17

A. Visa

 

日本語 (Japanese) / ภาษาไทย (Thai)

 

Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel

1. Please check the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the general information of latest border measures.

(1) Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
(2) Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel
 

2. Visa application

(1) All foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa because of suspension of visa exemption.

(2) Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC) accepts visa applications.

(3) Currently, the following persons can apply for Japan visa.
 ・ Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business or employment and foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long term stay 
     Receiving organizations located in Japan are required to apply for "The certificate for completion of registration" on the website of "Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS)" in advance.
  * Receiving organizations means such companies or organizations which employ or invite the entrants for their business or entertainment purposes.
 ・ Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (start from June 10, 2022)
     Receiving organizations located in Japan (Travel Agencies) are required to apply for "The certificate for completion of registration" on the website of "Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS)" in advance.
  * Travel Agencies are such travel agents or travel service providers as defined in the Travel Agency Law(Law No. 239 of 1952).
 ・ Persons that there are special exceptional circumstances
  Please check the website of Immigration Services Agency to be informed of the detailed cases of special exceptional circumstances.
Ex) ・Spouse of child of Japanese national / permanent resident
・A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of “Temporary Visitor” for the purpose of visiting a relative/an acquaintance (in a case of visiting an acquaintance, only a foreign national who have a relationship to him/her equivalent to a relative, or who is recognized his/her necessity to visit Japan.)
 * A relative / An acquaintance residing in Japan has to pledge to take quarantine measure as Inviting Person when applicants apply for visa. (The Pledge: English / Japanese, Invitation Letter: English, Japanese)
 * The following are examples of cases where relationship equivalent to a relative or necessity to visit Japan is recognized.
   ・Betrothed
   ・Common-law marriage
   ・A person who attend to wedding or funeral
   ・A person who is visits a sick acquaintance

(4) Required documents
・ Persons who hold "The certificate for completion of registration" (Except tourism)
  ・ The certificate for completion of registration
  ・ Visa Application Documents (Temporary Visitor (for business purpose) / Long-term stay or working visa with Certificate of Eligibility (COE))
・ Persons who hold "The certificate for completion of registration" (Tourism)
  ・ The certificate for completion of registration
  ・ Travel itinerary made by receiving organizations located in Japan (Travel Agencies) (Including tour overview, list of tour participants, Contact of travel agency in Japan and name and contact of tour conductor)
  ・ Visa Application Documents (Temporary Visitor (for sightseeing))
・ Persons that there are special exceptional circumstances
  Please see "3. Documents required for each category of visa" below.

(5) Notes
  • When applying for visa for visiting relative / acquaintance residing in Japan, Applicant has to submit the document that Inviting Person is pledge to take quarantine measure.
 (The Pledge: English / Japanese, Invitation Letter: English, Japanese)     Please submit the attached format if three months have elapsed since issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility.       (Call Center for New Border Measures (27) (In Japan))
      050-1751-2158
      050-1741-8558
      Operation hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm (JST) (Everyday)
 

3. Entry procedures

(1) In order to enter Japan from Thailand, regardless of nationality, you will need to do the following. Please check the website of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for more details.
 ・ Presentation of "Certificate of Testing for COVID-19"
A certificate of negative test result of pre-entry COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the origin country/region. (Valid Format: English / Thai)
 ・ Submission of Questionnaire (QR code) (In case of not using “Fast Track”)
    (Call Center of the website of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (Quarantine))
    (From Japan) 0120-565-653
        (From abroad) +81-3-3595-2176
        Operation hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm (JST)(Everyday)
(2) You can pre-register for airport quarantine procedures via “Fast Track”(The website of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare).
(3) Please use "Visit Japan Web". (Visitors can register information for quarantine, immigration and customs procedures in order to enter Japan) (Digital Agency Website)
 

4. Notes

(1) Visa exemption measures for Thai nationals are temporarily suspended.
(2) Validity of visas already issued by December 2, 2021 are suspended except for the status of residence of &"Spouse or Child of a Japanese National" (Category: (S)AS SPOUSE, CHILD OF JAPANESE), "Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident"(Category: (S)AS SPOUSE OF PERMANENT RESIDENT) or "Diplomat" (Category: (D)AS DIPLOMAT).
(3) For permanent residents who have difficulty re-entering Japan within the valid period of their re-entry permission due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) (Immigration Services Agency Website)
(4) Please contact us if you cannot return to Japan until the period of Re-entry permit because of just cause.
 

1. General information for Non-Thai nationals

2. Visa application documents

  1. Visa application Form 
  2. Questionnaire
  3. Letter of Guarantee
  4. Invitaton Letter
  5. Itinerary in Japan 
  6. A certified copy of the incorporation register or Details of Company/Organization 
  7. Authorization Letter
  8. Temporary Passport Borowing Form
  9. Visa Application Withdrawral Form
  10. Application for Transfer of Visa
   

3. 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

4. Visa fees

As of 1st April 2021, visa fees were changed as attached.
* Courier fee of 440 THB is additionally charged when submitting application at Intake Center (Post office) effective as from 21 June, 2021.
 

5. Accepting visa application by Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC)

  • JVAC accepts applications for all visa categories except for diplomatic and official visa. For the convenience of applications outside Bangkok, JVAC also provides services through regional intake centers. There are 11 regional intake centers throughout the country (Location of JVAC and regional intake centers).
  • The counters of intake centers is located inside the post offices and the applicants can apply through only 11 regional intake centers. In case the applicants send the documents by mail directly to the Embassy of Japan, please note that we will not be able to accept those applications and the applicants must be responsible for picking up those documents at the Embassy.
  • JVAC and the intake centers are in charge of accepting visa applications only. The Visa examination is at the Embassy’s responsibility.
  • Applicants who reside in the 9 northern provinces (Chiangmai, Chiangrai,Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Prae, Nan, and Uttaradit) must apply for visa at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

6. Visa exemption for Thai nationals

*Visa Exemption for Thai nationals is temporarily suspended.
(1) Visa exemption is adapted to Thai nationals who are listed below since July 1, 2013.
  •  IC passport holder
  • Temporary visitor within 15 days
(2) Notes
  •  When entering Japan visitors have to be permitted to enter Japan by Immigration Inspector. At that time visitors may be required to answer to some questions or show explanation material.
  • 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 violating 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 the Embassy.
  • The length of stay with this visa exemption measure is not more than 15 days. Travelers who plan to stay in Japan over 15 days need to apply for a visa in advance.
  • In case it turns out that you have to stay more than 15 days due to inevitable reasons after entering Japan, please contact Immigration Services Agency 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.
 

7. Specified Skilled Worker

 
"Blossom! in Japan"
   

”14 in demand occupations ”

”Support system ”

”Skills, Experience & Wages ”

”Machine parts & tooling industries ”

”Accommodation industry ”

”Agriculture industry ”

”You Stay, Your Way, 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
  • Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 08:30-11:00 / 13:30-15:00
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Embassy's Holidays 

Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC)

  • Address: One PACIFIC PLACE 9th FL Unit # 910, 140 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
  • Tel: 0-2251-5197-8
  • E-mail: info.jpth@vfshelpline.com
  • Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 08:30-18:00
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Embassy's Holidays

Visa hotline for foreign visitors

  • Tel: 1800-018-023
  • Language: English
  • Business hours: 24 hours/365 days

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