In order to reduce cross-border travels as much as possible, please consider postponing the travel to Japan during this period, unless it is truly urgent. Your understanding and cooperation in re-scheduling travel plans to Japan are greatly appreciated.

We are currently getting a multitude of inquiries regarding traveling from the U.S. to Japan and vice versa. Due to the effects of Covid-19, we are currently operating with limited resources. Although we are trying to answer as many inquiries as possible in a timely manner, it may take us longer to respond. In order for us to provide you with the appropriate information, please see the information and resources below that may help you in the meantime. Thank you for your patience and understanding.




The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco will temporarily accept visa applications by mail ONLY by following these mailing Instructions.PDF

Those who scheduled an appointment online through August 13th 2022 may apply in-person.

We are not accepting transit visa applications.
There is NO online visa application process.

Toll-Free & 24 Hour Hotline for Visa-related inquiries: 1-888-704-4459

COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Information

General Travel Information to Japan

VISA Application Information

Short Term Stay (Less than 90 Days)

Long Term Stay


  *Please carefully read the following below for visa information.

I. Visa application are accepted only from residents in our jurisdiction.

Area of Jurisdiction

Proof of residence such as your California/Nevada Driver’s license/ID card, utility bill, etc. is required.


II. Only those with long-term resident status in the U.S. can apply for a visa

Proof of residency includes the following:
(1) U.S. passport (U.S. citizen)
(2) Alien registration card (U.S. green card or permanent resident of U.S.)
(3) Valid long term visa (short term visa, like B1/B2 visa, is not acceptable)

III. General Information

  1. Applying by mail:
    Visa applications must be submitted by mail.
    There is NO ONLINE Visa process. Please be aware of fraudulent websites, social media and emails.
  2. Processing time:
    Normally, a visa can be issued within 5 working days if all the requirements are met.
  3. We do not have expedited services, no exceptions.
  4. Visa fees:
    No fee is required for U.S. citizens. For other nationals: visa fees page.
  5. We accept cash, money order, or cashier's check which must be payable to "Consulate General of Japan". Personal checks and credit or debit cards are not accepted.
  6. Criteria of Visa Issuance:
  7. A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she meets all of the following requirements and if the issuance is considered to be appropriate.
    (1) The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or country of his/her residence.
    (2) All submitted documents shall be authentic, completed and satisfactory.
    (3) The activities to be engaged in Japan/the civil status or the position of the applicant /the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as the "Immigration Control Act")
    (4) The Applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.

Important Notes

Landing Permission at the Airport
Although a visa is one condition that allows you to land at an airport or seaport, you should note that a visa does not guarantee landing permission. You must obtain landing permission during immigration procedures.


Criminal Record
An applicant with a criminal record must provide a copy of his/her court conviction or sentence, along with an English translation of those documents if they are in any language other than English. We would like to know about the charges, time served, fees paid, and probation (if any). If you have such a record, please call our office in advance.


Operating Hours
Window: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed from noon to 1:00p.m.
Due to limited staff in light of Covid-19, we may not be able to answer your call.


Telephone Inquiries
Toll-Free & 24 Hour Hotline for Visa-related inquiries – 1-888-704-4459


Phone number and Address
For directions, please click here

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Visa Section
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (415)780-6000 ext. 6092, FAX: (415)767-4200

Tel hours: Monday to Friday, except certain U.S. and Japanese holidays;
9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., closed from noon to 1:00p.m.
* Due to limited staff in light of Covid-19, we may not be able to answer your call during our window hours.

All visa inquiries should be addressed to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco if you reside in Northern and Central California, and the State of Nevada