Visiting Japan

During COVID, visa exemption for U.S. Citizens has been suspended. All travelers to Japan are required to obtain a visa at this time.

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) pandemic, the processing times for visas and other services may take longer than usual. Also, due to the large volume of inquiries we receive by email and phone call, the response from us may take longer than usual as well.

General Rules for Visas

  • The Consulate General of Japan only accepts visa applications and visa inquiries from residents of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina.
    Please click here if you do not live in one of the above US states.
  • In principle, visa applicants should apply for a visa in person. However, applicants within our jurisdiction can apply for a visa by mail. Please see "Applying By Mail" under "Applying for a Visa" below for more details.
  • Applicants may designate a proxy. To authorize a proxy for application drop off/pickup, the applicant MUST fill out this authorization form and have the proxy submit the original form to the Embassy along with their ID card (electronic signatures are invalid).
  • Please note that we will keep passports while processing visa applications.

Type of Visas and Visa Application Documents

Currently, foreign nationals arriving from designated countries/regions will be denied entry to Japan unless there are "Exceptional Circumstances."

From 0:00 am (JST) April 8th, 2022, visa exemption measures for the U.S. have been suspended.
Under COVID-19 restrictions, all foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa (except for those who have a valid re-entry permit).

Foreign nationals arriving from the United States who fall under the boxes below are eligible to enter Japan and can apply for a visa. Please click on the applicable box below to obtain further information on each visa. The information on each visa includes all of the documents that must be submitted for a visa application to be considered. Details on visa eligibility can be found here.

visiting relatives of Japanese national former Japanese national COE holders  visiting relatives with a residence card SOFA family short business/conference/student Visiting Acquaintances Humanitarian reasons/public interests Re-entry permit holders Package Tour

Transiting through Japan: Currently we are not issuing any transit visas, and travelers cannot go through the immigration & customs area at an airport in Japan without a valid visa. Please contact your airlines to confirm that you will NOT go through the immigration & customs area in Japan.

  • If you need to go through the immigration & customs area at the airport in Japan, which is currently prohibited, then you must reschedule your flights.
  • If you do not need to go through the immigration & customs area, which means that you are not entering Japan, then you do not need a visa and do not need to submit a COVID-19 test result.

Visa Validity

  • Currently we are not issuing any individual tourist visas.
  • Visas (single-entry) are only valid for entry within 3 months of the issue date. Currently, we are NOT issuing double-entry or multiple-entry visas.

Applying for a Visa

In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Consular Section has modified several operations and services.

  • Please bring a face mask to wear and use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided at the entry of the consulate. Visitors will be subject to a thermal imaging check. Those with a fever will not be allowed to enter the Consulate.
  • Visa Application drop-off (Morning ONLY): 9:00am to 12:00pm. No appointment required.
  • Visa and Passport Pick-up (Afternoon ONLY): 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
  • All other Consular Services: Appointment required. Please contact the Consular Department at (404) 240 4300 or at to schedule an appointment.
    • Extension for Japanese Passport services: 3033
    • Extension for Japanese Citizenship services: 3032
    • Extension for Other Documentation services: 3029 / 3032

We are anticipating longer than usual wait times at the consular office. Longer wait times are also expected when contacting us by phone or email, therefore, please also consider contacting the Japan Visa Information Hotline (available 24/7) if your visa-related matter is urgent.

Our window is open Monday thru Friday except during office holidays. Please click here for directions to our location.

Applying by Mail

In addition to your visa application documents, if applying by mail, please also include the following:

  1. Release of Liability Form
  2. Proof of Residence (such as copy of Applicant's Driver's License/ID card or utility bill etc. showing current address)
  3. A pre-paid self-addressed for Certified, Priority, and Express Mail (USPS) or a prepaid mailing label with an envelope for FedEx Express (NO FedEx Ground) or UPS Express must be submitted for return.
    (*Your name and address must be both sender and recipient on the return envelope.)

Mailing Address
ATTN: Visa Section
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
Phipps Tower, Suite 850
3438 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

NOTE: We only ship to addresses within our jurisdiction (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina). The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is not responsible for your passport in case of its loss when sending through the mailing service for return.

Processing Time

In general, it takes 5 business days to issue a visa. Please note that it may take up to one month due to COVID-related restrictions. We do NOT have expedited services.

*The Consulate recommends applying for a visa 1.5 months prior to your departure date, but no earlier than 3 months prior to your departure.

Visa Processing Timeline

Visa Fees

  • Standard Fees: Single Entry: 28 USD
  • Indian Passport Holder Fees: Single Entry: 8 USD
  • Extension of Re-entry Permit: 28 USD

*US citizens are exempt from visa fees.
(Some countries are also exempted from visa fees. Please check the visa exempt countries list to find out if your visa fee is waived. )
* Payment is due at the time of PICKUP.
* We accept CASH only (Please prepare cash in the exact amount). We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.

Cash Only

COVID-19 Related Requirements to Enter Japan

COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan
Fast Track Pre-registration System
Visitors entering Japan from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, or Fukuoka Airport can submit the documents required in 1-3 below, download the required app, and submit proof of vaccination by using the “Fast Track” pre-registration system. Please check here for instructions on how to use the Fast Track pre-registration system. Visitors can also submit the necessary information for immigration and customs procedures to enter Japan through "Visit Japan Web."
Fast Track Registration

1. PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING (Negative Test Result)
You are required to obtain an inspection certificate (a negative test result) before departing the U.S. for Japan (the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure). You will be denied entry into Japan if you fail to submit the certificate upon your arrival to Japan (Therefore, airlines will not give you permission to board an aircraft departing for Japan without the certificate). 2. SUBMISSION OF A WRITTEN PLEDGE
You will be asked to submit a written form pledging your compliance with several mitigation measures.

You will need to provide the required information (your contact details, travel history, health condition, etc.) prior to entry into Japan. 4. CARRYING A SMARTPHONE AND INSTALLING THE NECESSARY APPs
  • Regarding the use of apps following your arrival (Summary / Details)
For inquiries on COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements to Enter Japan and the Optional Relaxations of Activity Restrictions During Self-Quarantine, please contact The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan:
+81-3-3595-2176 (Services are available in the following languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. 9 am - 9 pm JST)

Mandatory/Self Quarantine After Arrival in Japan

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