Temporary Visitor Visas

If your home country has a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan, then it is possible to enter Japan without first obtaining a visa for the following purposes:

sightseeing, recreation, amateur sports, visiting relatives, short-term study, inspection tour, participation in unpaid lectures or meetings, attending a conference, business contact or other similar activities.

Countries which have reciprocal visa exemption arrangements with Japan can be found on the Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay) page at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, where Period of Stay is also explained.

Please note that the length of one Period of Stay depends on the visitor's nationality. However, a Temporary Visitor is only allowed to stay in Japan for a total of 180 days during a 12-month period.

Temporary Visitor Visa Application Requirements

For non-Swedish citizens: Confirm that you need a visa by visiting the Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay) page.

If your home country does not have a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan, please read the application requirements:

  1. Tourism or visiting friends or relatives
  2. Conference
  3. Business trip

If your application does not belong to one of the standard categories above, please contact the Visa and Consular Section directly to find out how to apply for a visa.

When calling on someone's behalf, please prepare the following details: the applicant's nationality, their purpose of visiting and their planned length of stay in Japan.

Please note:

The processing time for a visa is normally 5 full working days, but it might take longer depending on if additional documents are required or depending on other circumstances.

1. Tourism or visiting friends or relatives

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Valid passport (with a minimum of 2 open pages).
  2. Copy of valid Swedish Residence Permit.
  3. Visa Application Form with QR Code PDF, filled in digitally but signed by hand. (Russian nationals and nationals of NIS (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) should submit 2 Visa Application Forms with photo.) Hand written applications must use the form Visa Application Form without QR code PDF and must be filled out in block letters.
  4. Photo:
    • Taken less than 6 months before the date of application.
    • Both color and black and white photos are accepted.
    • Approximately 45×45 or 35×45 mm.
    • Facing straight to the camera and with white background.
    • Well centered with room above and below the head.
    • Photo quality, without smears or markings and with no shadow over the face.
  5. A. For employed persons or students: recent signed letter from employer or academic institution in Sweden (issued within the last 3 months).

    For employed persons (including PhD students), the letter should specify the following:

    • When you started working at the company.
    • Your position and salary.
    • Name and contact information to the person signing it.

    For students the letter should specify the following:

    • What program you are attending and for how long it will continue.
    • Name and contact information to the person signing it.

    B. For self-employed persons, please provide the following:

    • Company Registration for your company in Sweden.
    • Letter specifying the purpose of the trip to Japan.
    • An itinerary for the proposed trip (with flight and hotel information).

  6. Bank statement for the last 3 months, showing that you can cover all expenses for the visit to Japan.
  7. Letter of Reason for Invitation from Japan (this is needed in the case of you staying with friends or family).
  8. Copy of either Residence Card or Japanese Passport of the person inviting you to Japan (in case of personal invitation).
  9. Schedule of stay for the proposed trip.
  10. Return or onward-journey flight information (preliminary itinerary with flight dates and flight numbers).
  11. Hotel information (preliminary information).

2. Conference

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Valid passport (with a minimum of 2 open pages).
  2. Copy of valid Swedish Residence Permit.
  3. Visa Application Form with QR Code PDF, filled in digitally but signed by hand. (Russian nationals and nationals of NIS (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) should submit 2 Visa Application Forms with photo.) Hand written applications must use the form Visa Application Form without QR code PDF and must be filled out in block letters.
  4. Photo:
    • Taken less than 6 months before the date of application.
    • Both color and black and white photos are accepted.
    • Approximately 45×45 or 35×45 mm.
    • Facing straight to the camera and with white background.
    • Well centered with room above and below the head.
    • Photo quality, without smears or markings and with no shadow over the face.
  5. A. For employed persons or students: recent signed letter from employer or academic institution in Sweden (issued within the last 3 months).

    For employed persons (including PhD students), the letter should specify the following:

    • When you started working at the company / university.
    • Your position and salary.
    • If the company is paying for the costs of the conference.
    • Name and contact information to the person signing it.

    For students the letter should specify the following:

    • What program you are attending and how long it will continue.
    • If the university is paying for the costs of the conference.
    • If the conference is a part of your education.
    • Name and contact information to the person signing it.

    B. For self-employed persons, please provide the following:

    • Company Registration for your company in Sweden.
    • Letter specifying the purpose of the trip to Japan.
    • An itinerary for the proposed trip (with flight and hotel information).
    • Documents showing that you can cover all expenses for the visit to Japan.

  6. Letter of Reason for Invitation from the conference organizers in Japan (in English or Japanese).
  7. Evidence of funding for the trip (Bank statement showing fund for the last 3 months).
  8. Schedule of Stay for the proposed trip with flight and hotel information.
  9. Information about the conference and the conference organizers in Japan.

3. Business trip

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Valid passport (with a minimum of 2 open pages).
  2. Copy of valid Swedish Residence Permit.
  3. Visa Application Form with QR Code PDF, filled in digitally but signed by hand. (Russian nationals and nationals of NIS (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) should submit 2 Visa Application Forms with photo.) Hand written applications must use the form Visa Application Form without QR code PDF and must be filled out in block letters.
  4. Photo:
    • Taken less than 6 months before the date of application.
    • Both color and black and white photos are accepted.
    • Approximately 45×45 or 35×45 mm.
    • Facing straight to the camera and with white background.
    • Well centered with room above and below the head.
    • Photo quality, without smears or markings and with no shadow over the face.
  5. A. If you are employed by a company: recent signed letter from the employer in Sweden (issued within last 3 months) stating the following:

    • The nature and purpose of visiting Japan.
    • The name and address of the business contact in Japan.
    • An itinerary for the proposed trip (with flight and hotel information).
    • That your company will guarantee all expenses for the trip, including travel to and from Japan.
    • Company guarantee that the applicant will abide by Japanese law and Japanese immigration regulations.
    • The position, salary and period of employment of the applicant.

    B. If you are self-employed please provide the following:

    • Company Registration for your company in Sweden.
    • Letter specifying the purpose of the trip to Japan.
    • An itinerary for the proposed trip (with flight and hotel information).
    • Documents showing that you can cover all expenses for the visit to Japan.
    • The name and address of the business contact in Japan.

  6. Letter of Reason for Invitation from the company/organization to be visited in Japan.
  7. Letter of guarantee from the inviter in Japan.