Visa for Japan



Visa applicants
(1) As of 1st December, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai has SUSPENDED accepting all visa applications, in principle.
(2) Acceptance of those visa applications resumed, such as for partial business affairs or by the COE holder with screening certificate have also been temporarily stopped.
(3)The measures will be implemented until further notice.
(4)Please consult individually via email, if you are bearing a Diplomat/Official/Special passport, or if you are in the special circumstances requires an urgent visit to Japan for humanitarian reasons. For example: Spouse/Child of Japanese national etc...
(5) Any inquiries regarding Japan visa application, please contact Japan Visa Information Hotline. (from UAE, 24 hours / 7 days a week, English only).
Tel:  800-03-5770-120
(1)Upon your entry, a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of your departure time is required. 
(2)Please flow all border control measures of Japan
A visit to the Consulate-General of Japan in Dubai needs an appointment in advance to keep social distances with other applicants. The Consulate may decline an entry of the unbooked applicant.

1. Visa Waiver for UAE nationals based on Passport-Registration System

As of 03 April, 2020, this system is temporary SUSPENDED until further notice.
The validity of the sticker, registered before 02 April 2020 is also SUSPENDED until further notice.
From now on, it is required for UAE National to obtain a Japan Visa prior to the departure to Japan.

5 years validity UAE passport holders Visa requirements
Arabic   English   Japanese

Moreover, in line with precautionary measures decided by the U.A.E Government to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for all and the Boarder Security measures decided by the Japanese Government, The Consulate-General of Japan in Dubai considers Diplomat Passport Holder, Official/Special Passport Holder, and Humanitarian case application as first priority during this period. Other applications that hold the different purposes might not be taken into the consideration for immediate travel during these ongoing measures period.
Please send application forms (2 pages) by email at least 1-week prior to the application.
Further instruction will be replied by email.

2. Visa exemption for Diplomat / Official passport holders

As of 03 April 2020, Visa Exemption for UAE Diplomat Passport or Special Passport Holder is SUSPENDED until further notice.
For those, considering traveling to Japan on its mission or official purpose, kindly find the link below for required documents.
Please contact the Consulate by email at least 1-week prior to the application.
Please check this list
The examination of application may take at least 1 week or more.
Visa application without prior notification to the Consulate may not be accepted.

3. Who are eligible to apply for visa at our consulate?

The Consulate General of Japan in Dubai is authorized to issue a visa to following nationals and residents.

    1. UAE nationals and other nationals with residential status in the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah
       and Fujairah.
※ Those applicants who reside in the emirates of Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain) must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Japan in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

    2. Residents (including its citizen and foreigner) of Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen.

5. Forms for the application

(1) Application form for visa (Applicant's Original Signature is required)  English   (Sample English)

(2) Application form for visa waiver (Applicant's Original Signature is required)  For UAE nationals    ※photo is not required

(3) Itinerary in Japan form  Japanese   English  ( Sample )

(4) Letter of reason for invitation   Japanese   English

(5) Letter of guarantee   Japanese    English

(6) List of visa applicants form   Japanese   English  (When there are two or more applicants)

(7) Form of Overview of the Company/Organization   Japanese   English

(8) Multiple Visa request letter   for UAE nationals     Other nationals

6. Visa for working and long-term stays

The Validity of Multiple-Entry Visa or Single-Entry Visa issued before 02 April, 2020 is temporary SUSPENDED until further notice.
For those, considering immediate traveling to Japan is required to apply for a Japan visa newly prior to the departure to Japan.

When an application for a visa is made for the purpose of employment, residency, etc. in Japan, it is necessary for a proxy in Japan to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility and for the visa applicant to file a visa application to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate-general by submitting the original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility.

In order to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, a proxy in Japan should make an application with the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to the proxy's place of residence in Japan (an application for Certificate of Eligibility cannot be made at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). 
(1)Process of Working and long-term Stays Visa 【English】【Japanese

(2)A Daily Life Support Portal for Foreign Nationals in JAPAN (The Ministry of Justice)
The Ministry of Justice in Japan has opened a Daily Life Support Portal for Foreign Nationals on their website.
The website is available in English and Japanese.You can also download the Guidebook to Daily Life and Work there too.

7. General information

Location: 28th Floor, Dubai World Trade Center 【MAP】

Opening Hours: Visa application: 8:00-12:00 (MON-THU), 8:00-11:00 (FRI) (During Ramadan: 8:00-11:00)
            Visa collection: 12:00-15:00 (MON-THU) (During Ramadan: 11:00-13:00)
          ※No Visa collection on Friday, in principle.

Visa process:  At least 1 week or more until further notice due to Boarder Security Measures reasons.

         ※(For Chinese nationals, 2 years UAE passport holders and Travel document holders, it may take longer)
         ※Kindly apply at your earliest convenience

Visa fees:   Visa Fees for 2021
         Fees must be paid in cash on collection day. We do not accept cheque or credit/debit cards.

8. Criteria of visa issuance

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.  
  ● The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to the re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or a country of his/her residence.
  ● All submitted documents are authentic, completed and satisfactory.
  ● The applicant do not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.
  ● 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 the 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")

9. Transfer of valid visa to a new passport

Temporary not available for those visas (Multiple or Single) issued before 02 April 2020.

When you get a new passport issued due to the following reasons, you can transfer your valid Multiple-entry & Single Temporary Visitor visa from an old passport to a new one.
・A passport has been expired or renewed
・A passport has been damaged or stained
・There is no sufficient pages

Procedure of visa transfer 【English】

※In case of having a passport lost or stolen passport, you are required to apply for a new visa.

10.Contact to consular section

Please look at the “Frequent Asked Questions” before contacting us.
(Note) We cannot give you the specific reason of the visa rejection.

11. Japanese immigration information

■Loss of a residence card (Zairyu card)
Please contact to Japanese immigration information center.
Japanese Consulate is not authorised to handle such matter regarding immigration.

Immigration Information Center
・+81-3-5796-7112 (International call)
・Weekdays (Mon-Fri) between 8:30 to 17:15
・List of regional information centers in Japan

■Extension of the period of validity of the re-entry permit (Not applicable for special re-entry permit system)
If a foreign national who departs Japan after acquiring a re-entry permit and is unable to return to Japan due to unavoidable reason can apply, even after the period of validity of the re-entry permit expires, for an extension of the re-entry permit's period of validity at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate-General.
※ The period of stay cannot be extended at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate-General

! IMPORTANT NOTICE ! for Residence card, Re-Entry permission, Certificate of Eligibility.

Holding VALID Residence card (ZAIRYU-Card) and Re-entry permit

 From 1st November 2020, all foreign nationals with the status of residence with a valid re-entry permit, will not need to obtain “the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” or “Receipt for Request of Re-entry” when re-entering Japan from countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan. Please be noted that the certificate of negative test result of pre-entry testing conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight (hereinafter referred to as “certificate of negative test result”) is still needed when re-entering. Please see here for the valid format of the “certificate of negative test result”.

(Note) Those who have already possessed and will possess diplomatic and official visas don’t need to obtain the “certificate of negative test result”.
Immigration Service Agency of Japan 
Valid Format of “Certificate of Negative Test Result”

Holding EXPIRED Residence card or obtained Re-Entry permission or Special re-entry permission
1. Foreign national residents who departed from Japan with「Re-Entry permission」or 「Special Re-Entry permission」, and expired Residence card (ZAIRYU-Card), please contact Immigration Service Agent of Japan directly whether you can return Japan with them.

Immigration Information Center
+81-3-5796-7112 (International call)

2. Foreign national resident departed from Japan with「Re-Entry Permission」and had expired its validity, under certain circumstances, application for extension of validity may be accepted at the Consulate. Please send us the following documents by email for clarification.
*「Special Re-entry permission」cannot apply for extension.
    - Passport
    - Re-Entry Permission page
    - Residence card (ZAIRYU-Card)(Front & back)
3. Foreign national resident departed from Japan before 29th April 2020 with「Re-Entry Permission」or「Special Re-entry permission」which had expired, however, if you are holding Residence card (ZAIRYU-Card) with one of the following resident status「Permanent Resident」,「Designated Activity (Non-Notified) 」,「Long-Term Resident (Non-Notified) 」, you can apply exceptionally for Japan visa for returning to Japan, despite of expiration of Re-Entry/Special Re-entry permission validity.
(*Applicable for 6months after the Japanese restriction is lifted )
Please send the following documents by email for application.
  • Passport
  • UAE residence Visa
  • Residence card (ZAIRYU-Card) (Front & back)
  • Special Re-entry stamped ED card (Front & back)
  • Japan visa application form (PDF) 

■「Certificate of Eligibility」
The foreign national who plans to travel to Japan for residing purposes and has unused「Certificate of Eligibility」issued from 1st October, 2019 to 29 January 2020, its original validity of 3 months will be renewed from the day the border security measures was lifted, for up to 6 months or until 30 April 2021, whichever comes first.
For further inquiries, please refer to Immigration Service Agent website.