Consular Affairs


A. Visa


Information regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  1. Border Enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
    • For the time being, foreign nationals who have stayed in Thailand within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan unless special exceptional circumstances are found.
    • Foreign nationals who are entitled to enter Japan as those with special exceptional circumstances are required to apply for an appropriate visa. Please see the website of Immigration Services Agency to be informed of the detailed cases of special exceptional circumstances.
    • All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) when entering Japan. Those who do not submit a certificate of negative test result will be denied entry into Japan in accordance with the Quarantine Act. Airline companies will reject boarding those without one. Until further notice, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged.) They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge when entering Japan. For further information, please see the website of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
    • With a valid vaccination certificate, you can shorten your quarantine period of 14 days at home or in the place you’re staying if you report the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO)) the negative test result (PCR Test or Quantitative Antigen Test) on or after the 10th day after entering Japan. For further information, please see the website of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
  2. Regarding the Period of validity of the Certificate of Eligibility  
  3. For permanent residents who have difficulty re-entering Japan within the valid period of their re-entry permission  
  4. Valid Format of “Certificate of Testing for COVID-19"

Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel

Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel.

The following measures which have been decided to be in effect until the lifting of the state of emergency, based on “New measures for border enforcement (7)” (January 13, 2021) will remain in effect for the time being.
  • Temporary suspension of“Residence Track”
  • Temporary suspension of new entry into Japan from all countries and regions

1. General information for Non-Thai nationals

2. Visa application documents

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


Announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Announcement of New Visa Fees

As of 1st April 2021, visa fees were changed as attached:

* Service fee of 655 THB will be charged by Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC) upon application in addition to visa fee.
* Courier fee of 440 THB will be additionally charged when submitting application at Intake Center (Post office) effective as from 21 June, 2021.

Notice for travelers who use visa exemption for Thai nationals

Visa Exemption for Thai nationals is temporarily suspended.
  1. 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. We hope that exchange between Japan and Thailand will further be promoted by this visa exemption.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Announcement for Visa application in Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC) and regional Intake Centers

Currently, JVAC in Bangkok accepts applications and returns passports for all visa categories except for diplomatic and official passport holders. For the convenience of applications outside Bangkok, JVAC also provides services through regional intake centers. There are regional intake centers in 11 provinces throughout the country (See website of regional intake centers  ). The intake centers' counter is located inside the post offices and the applicants must apply through 11 regional intake centers only. 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.


For more information about intake centers, please contact JVAC in Bangkok directly.

JVAC in Bangkok and intake centers are in charge of accepting visa applications and returning passports only. 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. The Embassy of Japan will continue to accept applications from diplomatic and official passport holders, applicants traveling on humanitarian emergency purposes and transfer existing visa to a new passport.


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.


Exemption of Temporary Visitor Visa Fee for ASEAN University Students


Specified Skilled Worker


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 08:30-11:00 / 13:30-15:00
  • Telephone inquiries: Monday - Friday 08:30-11:00, 13:30-15:00
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Embassy's Holidays 
  • Map to visa section

Japan Visa Application Center (JVAC), Nana Center

  • Tel: 0-2251-5197-8
  • E-mail:
  • Website 

Visa hotline for foreign visitors

  • Tel: 0-2566-0332
  • Language: English
  • Business hours: 24 hours/365 days

B. The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention

C. Methods for a Court of a Foreign State to Request Japan to Serve Judicial or Extrajudicial Documents and Take Evidence

Methods for a Court of a Foreign State to Request Japan to Serve Judicial or Extrajudicial Documents and Take Evidence