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It is required for citizens of India to acquire a visa to go to Japan, whether for travel, study or work. Find out more about the long term visa that is offered and the process to get one, including about the new visa processing system offered in India.
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India and Japan have had a very good friendship for a long time. According to the Embassy of India in Tokyo, the two countries “established diplomatic relations on 28 April 1952” after which many high-level visits and exchanges took place. India hosts 5 embassies and consulates-generals of Japan in India. Currently, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma is the Ambassador of India in Japan.
※Embassy of India in Tokyo, “India-Japan Bilateral Relations”
Depending on your requirement, you need to apply for the correct category of visa. Different visas under which Indian are granted visas are mentioned below.
Short Term Visa: It’s a visa for up to 90 days. It can be a single entry (tourism, business, visiting friends/relatives etc) and multiple entries (business purpose).
Long Term Visa: It’s a visa for more than 90 days for paid work (job, study, training etc)
Medical Visa: For medical check-up and treatments; the visa is given to both the patient and accompanying person.
Transit Visa: For short duration up to 15 days on the way to or back from a different country.
Highly Skilled Professionals: A special point-based system visa for highly skilled professionals.
As our site offers support for people who intend to stay in Japan for a longer period, we will discuss the long term visa more in depth. Under this visa, a person can stay in Japan for more than 90 days. It's also called a work visa. This visa is for employment or residency purposes in Japan. For this visa, an applicant must obtain the “Certificate of Eligibility” (COE) and submit the original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to the embassy or consulate.
1. Certificate of Eligibility (original)
2. Valid passport: with minimum 6 months validity
3. Completely filled application form with applicant's signature.
4. Recently taken photograph with white background.
5. Visa fee: The visa fee is payable in cash, money order or cashier's check payable to the Consulate General of Japan. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
To get a Certificate of Eligibility, the applicant’s representative in Japan should apply at the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. Once they have received the COE, they can then send it to the applicant who will use it to obtain the visa.
Single Entry Visa
Approx Rs. 584
Multiple Entry Visa (when possible)
Approx Rs. 584
Approx Rs. 73
To complete the visa process, it takes a minimum of 4 working days.
You can apply at the Embassy & Consulates in India. There is 1 embassy and 4 Consulate-Generals of Japan in India at Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Plot No.4&5, 50-G Shantipath,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021
Tel: 91-11-2687-6581, 2687-6564, 4610-4610
The Embassy of Japan has introduced a new system of visa processing through visa processing agencies which promises to process applications faster and at convenient locations.
These agencies are:
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001
Indra Palace Building Ground Floor- ‘H’ Block (Opposite H&M) Connaught Place (Middle Circle) New Delhi -110001
Phone number: 011-2373-8812
Indian citizens who are looking forward to travel or move to Japan will need to plan their visa accordingly. You may find this article useful while applying for the visa. Just make sure that all certificates and letters are original and a physical signature is required as they do not accept digital or scanned signatures. All the Best!
For more information please visit the website of the Embassy of Japan in India.
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