Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Japan Tourist Visa process for Indians

Japan Visa process for Indians is far easier than I had expected.  It was cheap, it was quick and it was simple (less documentation). In this post, I am explaining the process.
Where to apply?
Japan has 4 consulate office in India- Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Details here

Only in Delhi, it is mandatory to go through VFS. In other cities, you can simply walk in directly to consulate and submit your papers. If you’re in other cities where consulate is not present, you can either make a short trip or need to use services of a travel agent.

Processing time: 3 days. You can collect it back on the 3rd business day.

Japan Visa Fees: Rs 440 (to be paid during collection)- VFS or travel agents may charge extra on top of this.

Key documents needed for Japan tourist visa
  •        Original passport + any old passports + photocopy of first and last page
  • .       Confirmed tickets
  • .       Hotel booking for all nights
  • .       Day wise travel plan/itinerary in specified format
  • .       Bank statement
  • .       Income tax return
  • .       Proof of employment, leave
  • .       Cover letter
  • .       Photo (45mm x 45mm, white background)
How soon to apply?
If you live in a metro that has Japanese consulate, even 7-10 days prior to travel date is fine, as it takes only 3 days. If you live in other cities and using agencies, keep extra time for courier etc. 2-3 weeks advance should be adequate. You will need Visa to buy JR Pass from a travel agency in person. Online you can buy without a physical visa copy.

Points to note:
Visa will be stamped on the passport – one page will be needed
Validity could be 4—6 months, but single entry. So try to make the most of one trip. There is a recent news that Indian businessmen can get long term multiple entry visa to Japan, but if you get multiple entry visa you can’t buy JR Pass, shooting up your travel cost within Japan by a large amount.

Mobile phones, laptops or bags will not be allowed inside. Either take a friend along who can hold them for you while you’re inside, or go in your car so that everything can be stored inside. Police booth outside the consulate may agree to safeguard your bag, if you request.

My other popular visa posts- Australia Visa * Malaysia Visa


Aravind GJ said...

Good to hear about the simple process.

ವಿ.ರಾ.ಹೆ. said...

Thanks for this info.. Happy to know that Japan visa process is simple. Can u pls elaborate on JR Pass ?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Vi Ra He
JRPass means Japan Rail Pass, a tourist only weekly or fortnightly pass with unlimited rides on JR .. Cheaper way to commute intercity.

Will write in detail after my trip

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Aravind- Thanks

vignesh said...

Thanks for the info

vignesh said...

Just one doubt: since I am an NRI, I never filed IT returns in India. In such case, can I skip tax return file?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

If you can explain it in a covering letter and show your income/tax proof in your resident country it should be good enough, but check with official sources for authentic information

vignesh said...

Thank you for your response