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General information

For temporary stay up to 90 days: Japan has taken measures on the visa exemption arrangements for 70 countries/region (including Germany and other EU countries, the UK, the US and Canada). 

Please note the followings before you apply

  • We only accept visa applications of residents in our jurisdictional area (such as Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein). If you are not registered in our jurisdictional area, please contact us in advance.
  • You can apply and collect your visa only during our opening hours on weekdays from 9:30 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm (see our holidays in 2024). No prior appointment is necessary for application and collection. 
  • Persons residing outside Hamburg may send the necessary documents by courier service. In any case, we will not be liable for their loss or destruction.
  • We do NOT send back the passport and other documents. 
  • The passport can be picked up by the applicant personally or by a proxy. (Power of Attorney required.)
    However, the applicant is required to appear at least once in person. (If this is not possible, please contact us in advance.)  

Visa categories and required documents

Short-term stay with single-entry (up to 90 days. Applications can be submitted no earlier than 3 months before the planned entry into Japan.)

- For tourism
- Visiting relatives in Japan
- Business (business talks, seminars, conferences, workshops, meeting business partners etc.) 

Short-term stay with multiple-entry

E-mail inquiry

Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) for short- and long-term stay (Work, Study, Stay as dependent etc.)

Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)



Processing time

The standard processing time is 5 working days (the processing time only starts when all documents are submitted and all requirements are met).

Please note that some visa applications require consultation with our headquarters in Tokyo and may take from several weeks to several months. Therefore, it is recommended that you make the application well before the scheduled date of departure.

Visa fee

  Single Entry Multiple Entries Transit (includes double entry visa)
Ordinary 20,00 Euro 40,00 Euro 5,00 Euro
Indian 6,00 Euro 6,00 Euro 1,00 Euro

Please pay the visa fee at the time of collection in cash!

Important information

A visa itself does not guarantee landing permission. Landing permission will be granted by the immigration officer, if all the requirements (such as holding a valid visa etc.) are met.

Dear travelers to Japan: It is recommended to take out an overseas travel insurance

  • An overseas travel insurance makes you feel secure, even in emergencies, and you can enjoy your trip.
  • Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchased offers sufficient coverage of treatment costs, you can receive treatment without concern.
  • It is recommended to have an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation, and cashless medical service. (We recommend that you check your insurance details before travelling. For example, perinatal medical care is not covered by travel insurance and can be expensive.)

Information for Japanese nationals

If you have questions related to consular matters (e.g. family register (marriage, birth, divorce notification etc.) and nationality), please contact us.