1. Fast.  VisaCentral specialises in securing Japan visas and can help you secure a Japan visa.
  2. Easy.  VisaCentral 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.

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

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

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

  2. Proof of Residency

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

  3. 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

  4. Business Introduction Letter

    You must provide an original Business Cover Letter from the applicant's Swiss employer. All letters must be printed on company letterhead that displays a Swiss postal address. Use the sample Business Cover Letter provided here to complete your letter.

    All Business Cover Letters must be addressed to the Embassy or Consulate. The address of the diplomatic missions can be found here

  5. Letter of Invitation

    An original letter of invitation from the company the applicant is visiting. This letter must:  

    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • Include the passport number of the applicant 
    • State the purpose of journey
    • Specify the requested number of entries and length of visa required
    • Be adressed to the Consulate of Japan in Geneva

  6. 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

  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 VisaCentral application pack

  9. Supplementary Form

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

    A fully completed supplementary form must be provided. The form you must complete depends on the number of entries you are applying for:

    • Single entry applicant must complete the form entitled "Invitation Letter" which can be found in the VisaCentral application pack
    • Multiple entry applicants must complete the form entitled "Invitation Letter multiple" which can be found in the VisaCentral application pack

  10. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaCentral 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 VisaCentral Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral 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.

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

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

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

  2. Proof of Residency

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  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. Declaration Form

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

  8. Supplementary Form

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

  9. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaCentral 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 VisaCentral Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack should be submitted.


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

  10. 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

  11. 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.