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25 March 2020

Additional Important Notice on Visa Restrictions for Strengthening Border Security Measures related to the spread Novel Coronavirus

On 19 March 2020, the Government of Japan decided to drastically strengthen the additional border security measures against the spread of Novel Coronavirus infections as follows;

The validity of single entry visa and multiple entry visa, including diplomatic and official visa of Japan, which have been issued by Embassies, ConsulatesGeneral and Consulate of Japan in following 38 countries such as *Schengen member States, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, and Romania by 21 March 2020, will be temporarily suspended.

1. The application of visa exemption arrangements for *Schengen member States, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, and Romania will be temporarily suspended.

2. The foregoing measures of 1 and 2 will enter into force on 21 March 2020. 00:00 hrs (JST) until the last day of April 2020.

*Schengen member States :26 countries

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
27 February 2020: Important notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

1. Since the Government of Japan designated Novel Coronavirus(AKA COVID-19) as "Designated Infectious Disease" under the Infectious Diseases Act of Japan, foreign nationals who are deemed as patients of Novel Coronavirus shall be denied permission to land in Japan pursuant to Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan. As the Government of Japan also designated Novel Coronavirus as “Quarantinable Infectious Diseases” under Quarantine Act of Japan, foreign nationals who are suspected of being afflicted with Novel Coronavirus would be ordered to be quarantined with no exception for valid visa holders.
2. The Government of Japan also decided on 26 Feb.2020 that for the time being, those who fall under the three categories below are not permitted to land in Japan unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Foreign nationals who have travelled to Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China, or Daegu or Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea within 14 days before arriving in Japan.
  • Foreign nationals who hold a passport issued by the Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province Authority.
  • Foreign Nationals aboard a passenger ship which sails for the purpose of entering Japanese port and carries a risk of being afflicted by an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus infectious disease.
3. Based on the “Principle Criteria of Visa Issuance”, visa applications of those who fall under the categories being not permitted to land in Japan are not accepted. Visa applicants are required to fill in and submit questionnaires (attached) on whether or not they have (or will have) travelled to Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China, or Daegu or Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea within 14 days before arriving in Japan.
4. Please note that even those foreign nationals who were already issued valid visa of Japan would not be permitted to land in Japan if they fall under the categories mentioned in 1 and 2 above.
5. Any false declaration in the questionnaires will be subject to refusal of visa issuance, and then new visa application will not be accepted for six months for the same purpose of visit. The visa will be made null and void when such false declaration is revealed after the visa issued.
6. Any false declaration upon landing in Japan may be subject to punitive measures including imprisonment, imposition of fine, revoking of residential status as well as deportation from Japan.
8 July 2014: Multiple Entry Visa for Temporary Visitor Specifically for Indian Nationals

1. Starting from 3 July 2014, the Japanese Government launched a Multiple Entry Visa for temporary visitor specifically for Indian nationals.
2. To assist Indian nationals living abroad, we will accept applications from overseas embassies and consulates.
3. We hope that implementation of the new Multiple Entry Visa will increase the number of Indian visitors to Japan, enhance business convenience and strengthen cooperation between both countries.

(References) Multiple Entry Visa for Temporary Visitor Specifically for Indian Nationals who possess an ordinary passport.
Qualified Applicants: Ordinary passport holders in compliance with ICAO standards. It can be a machine readable passport (MRP) or passport contains an integrated circuit (IC) chip.

Length of Each Stay: 15 days
Validity of Visa: Maximum of 3 years
Place of Application: Overseas Embassies and Consulates

※Prior to application please check our website for the requirements.
01 November2013 : 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.
04 October 2013 : Notice for travelers who use visa exemption for Thai nationals

1. Visa exemption for Thai nationals has started since 1 July 2013. (For detailed information about the visa exemption, please see “5 July 2013 : Visa Exemption for Thai Nationals Effective from 1 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.
5 July 2013 : Visa Exemption for Thai Nationals Effective from 1 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 1 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, ect. Visitors should check the list of necessary documents that might be required when entering Japan at our website (first page of Consular Affairs).

More information Click here
11 June 2013 : Relaxing of Visa Requirements for Thai Nationals

1. On June 11, Thai nationals traveling to Japan for a short-term period will be exempted from visas.
2. We hope that the exchanges between Japan and Thailand will further promoted by this visa relaxation.
3. This new measure will start within summer season (in coming months). The effective date of the implementation and the length of stay without visa will be announced soon. (For those who plan to visit Japan in the near future, please keep in mind of the starting date of this new measure. The Embassy of Japan will not return visa and service fees for all visas that have been issued before the effective date of implementation.)

More information Click here
04 September 2012: Announcement of Questionnnaire form change.

The Embassy of Japan has renewed the Questionnaire effective immediately. The previous Questionnaire form can be used until 30SEP2012. We are unable to accept old format on and after 1 October 2012. Thank you for your understanding and corporation.

Download new Questionnaire form here
Multiple Entry Visa for Sightseeing, Visiting Relatives and Other Purposes (for Thai Nationals Only)
Starting from 1 June 2012 the Japanese government will issue a multiple entry visa for Thai nationals only who live in Thailand and want to go to Japan for sightseeing, visiting relatives and other purposes.
Please see the following link for details.

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. Download new application form here

Instruction here
Visa Fee Charges effective on 01 April 2012

Please note that Visa fee will change as chart below from 01 April 2012

The Visa fees are determined based on your Nationality and Type of Entry to Japan. Please refer to the table below.

Country Single Multiple Transit
Thailand 1120 2260 260
India 320 320 20
Iran 1880 3760 1880

VFS service charge of THB535 will remain the same.

Openings of 5 Additional intake centres.

For the convenience of applicants in Thailand, VFS Global (the outsourced partner to the Embassy of Japan, Thailand) is currently accepting applications, applicable fees and providing delivery service for all general applicants through selected Thailand Post Intake Centres in 6 cities across the country. For more convenience to applicants, we are opening 5 additional centeres starting on 4th of April onwards. The new intake centres are located in central post office of Khon Kaen, Ubonratchathani, Petchaburi, Surat Thani and Hadyai.

The Embassy of Japan will continue to accept applications from Diplomatic and Official passport holders and applicants traveling on humanitarian emergency to Japan.

Applicants residing in the 9 Northern Provinces (Chiang Mai, Phayao, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Chiang Rai, Nan and Uttaradit) are still required to apply at Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai only.

Intake Centre Locations

Phuket Post Office
12/16 Montri Road, Talad Yai Sub-District, Muang District, Phuket 83000
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Sri Racha Post Office
7/ 1 Jemjomphon Road, Sri Racha Sub-District, Sri Racha District, Chonburi 20110
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Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Post Office
123 Moo5, Uthong Road, Ho Rattanachai Sub-District, Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya 13000
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Rayong Post Office
125 Sukhumvit Road, Tha Pradu Sub-District, Muang District, Rayong 21000
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Nakhon Ratchasima Post Office
371 Assadang Road, Nai Muang Sub-District, Muang District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000
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Phitsanulok Post Office
118 Phutthabucha Road, Nai Muang Sub-District, Muang District, Phitsanulok 65000
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Khon Kaen Post Office
153/8 Klang Mueang Rd., Nai Mueang, Muang Khon kaen, Khon Kaen, 40000
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Ubonratchathani Post Office
145 Srinarong Rd., Nai Mueang, Muang Ubonratchathani, 40000
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Phetchaburi Post Office
4Ratchavithi Rd., Klongkachang, Muang Phetchaburi 76000
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Suratthani Post Office
291/1 Taladmai , Tald, Muang Suratthanipost 84000
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Hat Yai Post Office
43 Niphat Songkhro Rd., Hat Yai, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
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Benefits to Applicants applying at Intake Centres

Save traveling time to Bangkok and longer operational hours(Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs)

Return of passport to applicants’ doorstep or collection from Thailand Post.

Dedicated Call Centre Unit +66 2 632 1541 and Email Support info.jpth@vfshelpline.com for information and queries

Processing Time and Fees

Under normal circumstances, all visa applications will take a minimum of 07 to 08 working days to process and return from the date of submission at the Intake Centre. Due to unexpected circumstances of Thai Post and visa processing time are differ from application as applications are discretion of the Embassy of Japan, Thailand. Please submit your application well in advance. We VFS are not responsible for delayed passport delivery.

A service fee of 535 THB (inclusive of VAT) and applicable Visa Application Fee will be applicable for all visa applications, payable in cash at the Thailand Post Intake Centre.

Thailand Post will be responsible only for accepting of applications and has no authority or influence over the outcome of the application. All applications will continue to be assessed by the Embassy of Japan, Thailand.
Dear Applicants,

Japan Visa Application Centre would like to express our appreciation for your trustfulness in our service throughout the year.

According to the changing of Postal Service Fee (EMS) which takes place on 1 January 2012, Japan Visa Application Centre would like to an announcement for postal fee change as below.

Current Postal Fee (person/pack) Changed Postal Fee (person/pack)
125 THB 140 THB

We appreciate for your understanding and kind co-operation.
Japan Visa Application Centre,
VFS (Thailand) Ltd.

Effective 4 August 2010, applicants must submit their Visa Application at the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC) in Bangkok. Applicants are required to pay the applicable visa fee and JVAC service fee of THB 535 inclusive of VAT. JVAC will accept applications from 08:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs Monday to Friday except Embassy holidays. Processed passports can be collected from JVAC between 08:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs Monday to Friday and 08:30 hrs to 12:30 hrs on Saturday except Embassy holidays. Applicants may opt to receive their passports by courier to their home or office address at an additional cost. Applicants may track the progress of their application by visiting the JVAC website. Please click here to view the JVAC address and location map. Applications from Diplomatic / Official passport holders and applicants applying for Emergency travel or transfer of issued visa will continue to be accepted at the Embassy of Japan in Thailand.
The visa fees and service charge will be collected by the Japan Visa Application Centre at the time of submitting the visa application.
The visa fees are subject to change on 1 April every year. It is advisable to check the website for the current visa fees before applying.
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