Today I would like to talk about the visa for Japan and the experience I had in getting it out. In this article I will talk specifically about the tourist visa! Details of all other types of visas can be found on the official websites of the consulate of each region of Brazil, I will leave the links at the end of the article. I hope the tips in this article will help you get a tourist visa for Japan.
The tourist visa in Japan is known as a short stay. It can be used to enter the country on a leisure trip, visit relatives, congresses, business or transit. The main things you need to know is that the visa from Japan is not difficult, it leaves in just 2 days, costs approximately 79,00$, and can last for 15, 30, 45 and 90 days depending on your travel itinerary.
Documents required for Japan visa
- Copy of RG (authenticated if not present);
- Valid passport and previous passports with Japanese visa;
- A recent 4.5 x 4.5 cm photo (some places accept 3 × 4);
- Reservation or return ticket;
- Reservation of the hotels where you will be staying;
- Vouchers and documents proving your occupation and income;
- Income tax with receipt;
- Bank statement of the last 3 months;
- Visa form completed;
- Travel itinerary filled out in detail;
We recommend that you see all the details and documents that must be completed on the official website of the embassy or consulate in your Region, as they may be different from each other. The visa fee is paid on the day of withdrawal, and with the visa in hand you have 3 months to enter Japan.
If you are staying at someone's home, we recommend seeing details on the website, but several other documents and vouchers are required to stay at the home of a relative or friend.
Japan Tourist Visa Tips
The visa can be requested through a travel agency registered with the consulate or embassy. I believe it is money badly spent, since it is quite easy to go to the nearest embassy or consulate.
If you want to visit Okinawa, your consular fee is exempt. You need to prove your ticket to Okinawa and a hotel reservation. If you decide to visit Okinawa, you can find cheap plane tickets for around 500 reais.
They say it is good to have around 100$ per day that you will be in Japan. The consulate does not require or speak the necessary amount of money in the account to approve the visa, but it is good to have a good amount. Even if you are exempt, declare income tax!
The type of visa varies depending on the purpose of the trip. exist different types of visas short and long term. For students, employees, sportsmen, artists, religious activities, multiple entries and others.
More tips I will talk about below when telling my experience at the embassy. The tip is not to be too worried when trying to get a tourist visa from Japan. Also remembering that the visa can be extended when in Japan.
Multiple entry visa
If you are someone who wishes to travel to Japan several times or every year, there is a multiple entry visa. This visa lasts for 3 years and allows you to stay a maximum of 90 days each time you enter the country.
With the multiple entry visa you can travel to Japan without having to go to the consulate every time you want to travel. The requirements are not easy, but if you are in good financial shape, you can try. See the requirements below:
- Have visited Japan for a short stay in the last three years (Proof with passport);
- Exercise paid activity and have sufficient income or be dependent on someone with sufficient income;
As with a tourist visa, the maximum travel time will depend on the requirements you meet.
My experience with tourist visa
I was not very lucky when I got my visa for the first time, I went on a Monday at the Japanese embassy on July 18th, but it was closed because it was a holiday in Japan, ocean day. xD So make sure it is not a holiday in Japan.
Be prepared to change your itinerary, sometimes it may be necessary to shorten the trip due to lack of money, they will check this before you apply for a visa, so already prepare different reservations so you don't have to walk around.
I did a 15-day itinerary but received a 30-day visa. I don't know if that always happens, and I don't even recommend making changes to your itinerary when you have the visa in hand. If you want a month in Japan, make a 17-day itinerary to facilitate approval.
When you arrive in Japan you will have to go through the ticket windows, and the guard will ask you questions and look at your passport! So he'll send you back because his script is totally different from the one sent to the consulate.
My visa was requested in the morning, and on the same day it was already approved and issued. You must pick it up after 2 days and you can try to call the consulate or embassy beforehand, for details and not to miss the trip.
And if you go to the embassy, watch out! It didn't happen at the Japanese embassy, but just because my friend went to take a picture of a bird in front of the Israeli embassy, the guard came to fight with him.
It is strictly forbidden to photograph the wall outside embassies, at least that of Israel. You can forget to enter a cell phone or camera at the embassies, in some consulates you can enter a cell phone, but not use it.
Be calm and don't be anxious! I hope these tips have helped you who are planning your trip to Japan and need to get a visa.
Tips for your trip to Japan
Finally, let's leave some articles that can help you on your trip to Japan:
- How much does it cost to travel to Japan?
- How to take a train in Japan
- Japan trip 2016 - What did I eat?
- How to live in Japan without being of Japanese descent?
- My trip to Japan - 2016
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