Visiting Japan / Visa

2024/4/2
The Consulate General of Japan in Nashville., we accept visa applications from Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee residents. 
For residents of other states, please refer to the List of Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.
  • *Please note that the visa waiver arrangement with the United States does NOT apply to U.S. individuals holding COE: Certificate of Eligibility, traveling to Japan for news media related activities, attending depositions taken by U.S. Consul, or for U.S. Federal Government employees on diplomat/official business or transit to/from official mission.
  • The Visa Waiver Program applies based on your nationality, NOT on your U.S. residence status (including green card).
  Types of Travel Visa Requirements
U.S. Citizens
  • Short-term stay (less than 90 days) AND
  • Tourism, business (without paid activities), conference, or study
NOT Required
  • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) holders (stay in Japan more than 90 days),
  • News media related activities,
  • Attending depositions, or 
  • Diplomatic/official mission or transit
Required
Non-U.S. Citizens Visa Exemption Countries and Regions (List)
  • Short-term stay (less than 90 days) AND
  • Tourism, business (without paid activities), conference, or study
NOT Required
Non-Visa Exemption Countries and Regions Required
 
 
Your passport
  • We will keep passports while processing visa applications (excluding online applications).
  • No 6 months rules. As long as your passport is valid during the time of your stay in Japan, it should not be a problem.
  • Your passport must have at least 1.5 blank pages left.

In-Person Application

We are not accepting walk-in visits at this time.
If you need to apply for visa to enter Japan, you must call us to schedule an appointment.
 We 
DO NOT take appointments by email.
Please call us at the following number.

(615) 340-4300 (Mon- Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, 01:30-05:00pm (except holidays)

 

Apply by Mail

Your visa application may be processed through the mail. Please enclose a self-addressed envelope and prepaid FedEx, UPS, USPS Priority Express Mail label with tracking number for return. Please include a Release of Liability Form. The Consulate-General of Japan is not responsible for your passport in case of its loss, damage, delay when sending through the mailing service for return.

Applicants who wish to apply by mail should send their documents to:
Attn: Visa Section
Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
1801 West End Avenue Suite 900 Nashville, TN 37203

Visa Validity

Type of Visa Validity Note
Single Entry 3 months You must enter Japan within this time frame. We will not accept any visa applications more than 3 months before your departure date.
Double-Entry Transit 4 months It can be used twice (once on the way to your destination and once on the return trip) to complete a round trip.
Double-Entry  6 months It can be used twice. 
Multiple Entry 1 to 5 years depending on the visa Multiple entry visas can be issued to citizens of countries that Japan has bilateral agreements with. Maximum stay at a time is decided as either 30 days or 90 days depending on the visa.
 
Please note that in principle we do not accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.


Visa Fee

  • US citizens are exempt from visa fees. (Some countries are also exempt from visa fees. Please check the Visa Fee Exempt countries list to find out if your visa fee is waived. )
  • Payment is due at the time of PICK-UP. 
  • We accept CASH only (Please prepare cash in the exact amount). We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.
Type of Visa      Fees
Single Entry Visa $22
Double and Multiple Entry Visa $43
Transit Visa (Including Double-Entry Transit)   $5
Indian Passport Holder Single, Double, and Multiple Entry Visa   $6
Transit Visa $1
Extension of Re-entry Permit*
 (Only available for “Re-entry Permit” not for “Special Re-entry Permit”)
$22

Processing Time

  • In general, it takes 5 business days to issue a visa. (ex., If you apply on Monday, you can pick up a visa next Monday. Our holidays are not counted as "business days.")
  • It may take more than one month depending on the visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa approximately 1.5 months before your departure date. We do NOT have expedited services.

★ Types of Visas & Application Documents

Please note that in principle we do not accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.
 Short Term Visa (Tourism / Business / Conference / Visiting Friend, Relatives)  Transit visa  COE Holders
Temporary Vistor Transit Certificate of Eligibility

    Fees

Cash Only
  • US citizens are exempt from visa fees. (Some countries and regions are also exempt from visa fees. Please check the Visa Fee Exempt list to find out if your visa fee is waived. )
  • Applicants who has applied for evisa (online visa) are eligible for online payment (Details / Video).
  • We accept CASH only. We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.
 
Type of Visa (For applications on and after April 1st, 2024) Fees
Single Entry Visa $22
Double and Multiple Entry Visa $43
Transit Visa (Including Double-Entry Transit) $5
Indian Passport Holder Single, Double, or Multiple Entry Visa $6
Transit Visa $1
Extension of Re-entry Permit*
(Only available for "Re-entry Permit" not for "Special Re-entry Permit")
$22
 

Visiting Japan

After 12:00 am (JST) on April 29, 2023, all travelers and returnees are no longer required to submit a certificate of negative result from a COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure, nor are they required to submit a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate of at least three doses or the equivalent. 

After April 29, 2023, pre-registration for quarantine procedures on Visit Japan Web are no longer required, however, you can still use Visit Japan Web to pre-register for "Immigration", "Customs" and "Tax-free Shopping Service" (Optional).   

 

Visit Japan Web:
Fast Track Pre-registration System
Additional Information: 

Contact

  • For Tourist/transit visa or other general questions: Japan Visa Information Hotline* (1-202-499-1468)
  • For Quarantine Measures questions: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan(81-3-3595-2176)
  • For Re-entry Permit/Special Re-entry Permit or COE questions: Immigration Services Agency of Japan (81-570-013904)

 

  • For inquiries about the Entry Visa, please contact the Embassy / Consulate of Japan which has jurisdiction over your residential address. At the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville., we accept visa applications from Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee residents.

Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900

Nashville, TN 37203
TEL:(615) 340-4300
Email
:con3@nv.mofa.go.jp