For other countries, please refer to the embassy/consulate of your country.
(Last Updated: November 21st, 2022)
Please see below, GoWithGuide’s response to frequently asked questions about tourist visas for Japan.
Q) Is GoWithGuide able to help me get a visa for Japan?
A) No, after the 11th of October 2022, travel agencies in Japan will no longer provide visa support services for tourist visas. If you are from a country that is exempt from needing a visa to enter Japan (list here), you can travel to Japan freely. If your country is not on the list, please refer to the embassy/consulate of your country in order to obtain the necessary information and documents needed to receive a tourist visa for Japan.
Q) After entering Japan, can I leave and visit another country, and then return to Japan? In other words, is multiple entry allowed?
A) Yes, as long as you hold a passport from a country on the visa exempt list. If you do not hold a passport from a visa exempt country, please contact the Japanese consulate/embassy in your country.
Q) Can I go on a tour during a layover?
A) Yes, you can. However, it would be required for you to provide either a valid COVID-19 certification of 3 doses (approved by the WHO). If you cannot show a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate of 3 doses, it would be necessary to provide a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departing the original country. For more information: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html
Q) Can I book my hotel and flights by myself?
Q) My country is not on the visa exempt list, but I already received a tourist visa before the 11th of October 2022 via ERFS. Is my visa still valid?
A) Yes. But in order to be certain, please contact and check with the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country/state.
Q) I entered Japan before the 11th of October 2022 with a tourist visa. What happens after the 11th?
A) All Covid travel restrictions will be lifted after the 11th of October. This includes individuals who have entered the country before the 11th of October 2022.
Q) If I show COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival to Japan, what do I do?
A) Please contact the prefectural consultation desk for foreigners, or contact the coronavirus hotline outside business hours.
- You still need a tourist visa obtained via the ERFS system if you are planning to enter Japan before October 11th, 2022.
- GoWithGuide has stopped visa support services since the 28th of September 2022.