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FAQ

Note: This information is designed as a guide only and does not contain detailed information. If you require further explanation, please contact Japanese Visa Hotline Service: 1 800 171 443 (24 hours, 365 days on call in English).

Q. As an Australian citizen with an Australian passport, do I require a tourist visa to enter Japan?
A. No. Australians who enter Japan as tourists may stay for up to ninety days as long as they hold an Australian passport which remains valid during their stay and do not receive any income while in Japan.

Q. I would like to work in Japan . How can I get a visa to work in Japan?
A. In order to get a visa to work in Japan, you must first find a potential employer who is willing to act as your sponsor and arrange for your Certificate of Eligibility. If you then qualify for a visa, one will be issued by an overseas Japanese diplomatic mission.

Q. Once I am in Japan , can I change my entry status? For example, can I change from a tourist to a work visa?
A. No. Once you are in Japan you cannot in principle change your visa. If you want to work in Japan you must obtain a working visa from a Japanese diplomatic mission in Australia or a third country.

Q. Do I need an appointment to lodge my visa application?
A. No. You may visit and apply for a visa during our open hours.

Q. When should I apply for a visa?
A. Generally, Japanese visa is valid for 3 months after the issue. You may apply on the day of 3 months prior to your entry date of Japan.

Q. Some Asian countries require 6 months passport validity for me to enter. Does it apply to Japan?
A. The passport must remain valid during the period of the stay but there is no minimum period of validity required.

Q. I live in Adelaide. Can you post back my passport?
A. We do not post passports back to applicants. Applicants need to arrange their collection at Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne. The authorised person by applicants can collect their passport on their behalf with the photo ID of the authorised person, the letter of authorisation letter with the signature by the applicants and visa fee if it's necessary.

Q. There is a section asking a guarantor on the visa application form. Do I need one?
A. Some nationals with certain conditions may need a guarantor. It is not necessary to have a guarantor unless it is specified on the requirements. Please check the requirements carefully.