1. Fast.  CIBTvisas specialises in securing Japan visas and can help you secure a Japan visa.
  2. Easy.  CIBTvisas is the easiest way to get a visa and can secure in as little as one day.  We process Japan visas at the Japan Embassy every day for residents of the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Visa FAQs

When is the best time to apply for my Japan visa?
The best time to apply for your Japan visa is 1-2 months before your travel date. However, if you are running short on time, we may be able to process your visa on a faster service at the Embassy’s discretion.

Do I have to send you my passport to get a Japan visa? Is it safe to send a passport?
Yes. You will need to send your actual passport, not a copy of it. The Japan visa is stamped on your passport and will become one of your passport pages. Visa request cannot be processed without your original passport. Because of the importance of your passport, we strongly suggest that you send your application by a secure method, such as a guaranteed postal service or courier.

Important Information

Appointment System
The Embassy of Japan operates an appointment system for the submission of visa applications. CIBTvisas will book the appointment at the Embassy on your behalf. The current waiting time for an appointment is approximately 2 weeks.
Appointment System Update
The Embassy has advised that no appointments will be available between 23rd June and 1st July

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an Japan Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Visa Conditions

    Applicants must apply for the visa at least one month prior to travel

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date
    • Have at least two blank visa pages

  3. Proof of Residency

    A colour copy of the applicant's residency or work permit for their place of residence

  4. Photograph(s)

    You must provide two colour, passport type photographs that meet the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 35 mm by 45mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photos should not be affixed to your application and they may not display evidence of adhesive or staples
    • Be identical

  5. Authorisation Form

    This must be provided as a copy of the Certificate of Completion of Registration to the ERFS system which must be completed here by the applicant's sponsor in Japan

  6. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. The signature on the application form must match the signature on the applicant's passport.

  7. CIBTvisas Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the CIBTvisas website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed CIBTvisas Visa Order Form which can be found in the CIBTvisas Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an Japan Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Visa Conditions

    Applicants must apply for the visa at least one month prior to travel

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date
    • Have at least two blank visa pages

  3. Proof of Residency

    A colour copy of the applicant's residency or work permit for their place of residence

  4. Photograph(s)

    You must provide two colour, passport type photographs that meet the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 35 mm by 45mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photos should not be affixed to your application and they may not display evidence of adhesive or staples
    • Be identical

  5. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    Details of travel arrangements. This must be provided as:

    • A copy of the hotel confirmation
    • An original flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  6. Proof of Financial Means

    • A copy of the applicant's last three pay slips

    Or

    • A copy of the applicant's most recent bank statement

  7. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. The signature on the application form must match the signature on the applicant's passport.

  8. Declaration Form

    One completed and signed health declaration form entitled "Questionnaires" that can be found in the CIBTvisas application pack

  9. Supplementary Form

    One form "Schedule of Stay" completed and signed in the original.

  10. CIBTvisas Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the CIBTvisas website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed CIBTvisas Visa Order Form which can be found in the CIBTvisas Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  11. Jurisdiction Rules

    There is a jurisdiction rule in place for Japan visa processing in Switzerland :

    • Applicants who reside in the cantons of Geneva, Valais, Vaud and Ticino must apply at the Consulate in Geneva
    • Applicants who reside in any of the remaining cantons of Switzerland must apply at the Consulate in Bern

  12. Previous visits to areas impacted by COVID-19

    Japan has temporarily suspended entry to travellers who have been to areas impacted by COVID-19 in the last 14 days.