Visa information for Lithuanian passport holders
As a national of the Republic of Lithuania it is possible to enter Japan for a period of 3 months or less without first obtaining a visa for the following purposes:
Sightseeing, recreation, amateur sports, visiting relatives, short-term study, inspection tour, participation in unpaid lectures or meetings, attending a conference, business contact or other similar activities.
Upon arrival at immigration in Japan, such a passport would be stamped for a stay of ninety days.
On entry to Japan a traveller should possess a fixed-date, confirmed return or onward journey ticket, and any supporting documents, which can serve as evidence of the purpose of the trip (such as conference details, details of the host organisation etc.) Furthermore, a traveller may be asked to show evidence of sufficient funds for the proposed period of stay in the country.
A visa is required if your purpose of travel is as a long term resident, for long term study, for volunteer activities, for employment or other remunerative activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
about Japanese conditions concerning Lithuanian and other foreign passports
Q-1. Is it possible to enter Japan with a child included in a parents' passport?
A-1. It is possible on the condition that the passport holder and the person included in the passport travel together and both have obtained a visa to enter Japan. (However, persons from countries which have visa exemption arrangements with Japan do not have to obtain a visa prior to the entry into Japan based on the conditions agreed.)
Q-2. At which age will an individual passport be obligatory for the child?
A-2. Japan does not have any specific requirements. The individual just has to fulfill the requirements imposed by his country. However, the passport holder and the person included in the passport may not travel independently as stated above. In case of independent traveling, an individual passport is required. On the other hand foreign nationals exceeding the age of 16 must hold a passport or an alien registration card according to paragraph 23 of the Japanese Immigration Law.
Q-3. Does a child included in her parents' passport have to obtain a visa?
A-3. All foreign nationals, inclusive persons included in passports must obtain a relevant entry visa to Japan. (However, persons from countries having visa exemption arrangements with Japan do not have to obtain a visa prior to the entry into Japan based on the conditions agreed.)
Q-4. May children included in passports other than their parents' (grandparents other relatives or friends) enter Japan?
A-4. I f complying with national rules, entry into Japan is possible.
Q-5. Does Japan have any specific requirements concerning the validity of Lithuanian passports upon entering Japan?
A-5. The passport must be valid upon entering Japan. However, it is recommended that the passport holder renews his passport if it will expire during his stay in Japan.
Q-6. Is possible to enter Japan with a non machine-readable passport?
A-6. Japan accepts both machine-readable and non machine-readable passports.
Q-7 What are the visa requirements for Lithuanian citizens.
A-7. Please consult this page.
Diplomatic and Official Visa
The category of General Visa is divided into the following types of general visa:
Cultural Activities (1 year or 6 months)
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in academic or artistic activities that provide no income, activities for the purpose of pursuing specific studies on Japanese culture or arts, or activities for the purpose of learning and acquiring skills in Japanese culture or arts under the guidance of experts (for example, ikebana, tea ceremony, judo, etc.)
College Student (2 years or 1 year)
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in activities to receive education at colleges or equivalent educational institutions, specialised courses of study at miscellaneous schools (senshu gakko), educational institutions designated for preparing persons who have completed 12 years of education at schools in foreign countries to enter college, or technical colleges (koto senmon gakko). Applicants must fulfil certain conditions regarding ability to pay living expenses, etc.
Pre-college Student (1 year or 6 months)
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in activities to receive education at high schools, high school courses of schools for the blind or of handicapped children's schools, higher or general courses of miscellaneous schools (kakushu gakko and senshu gakko), or of other educational institutions that are equivalent to kakushu gakko schools in facilities and curriculum. Applicants must fulfil certain conditions regarding ability to pay living expenses, etc.
Trainee (1 year or 6 months)
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in activities to learn and acquire technology, skills or knowledge at public or private organisations in Japan (including not only training in industrial techniques and skills but also administrative training in local governments and other public bodies and clerical training to acquire knowledge).
Dependent (3 years or 1 year)
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in daily living activities on the part of the spouse or unmarried minor child of those who stay in Japan with a status of residence or with a Cultural Activities or College Student status of residence.
The category of Specified Visa consist of the following subcategories:
- Designated Activities
- Spouse or Child of Japanese National
- Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident
- Long-term Resident
A person holding this type of visa, is authorised to engage in activities that are specifically designated by the Minister of Justice for foreign individuals. (For example, activities on the part of foreigners who wish to enter Japan as personal help privately employed by diplomats, consular representatives, etc.; foreigners who wish to enter Japan under bilateral working holiday agreements; foreigners who are employed by companies, etc. and are active as athletes in amateur sports and their dependent spouses and children)
Spouse or Child of Japanese National (3 years or 1 year)
This type of visa is granted to spouses of Japanese nationals, children adopted by Japanese nationals in accordance with the provisions of Article 817-2 of the Civil Code (Law No. 89 of 1896), or those born as children of Japanese nationals.
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident (3 years, 1 year or a designated period of less than 3 years)
This type of visa is granted to spouses of those who stay with Permanent Resident status or those who are Special Permanent Residents as described in the Special Law on Immigration Control, which covers those who have lost Japanese nationality through a peace treaty between Japan and another nation, or those born as children of Permanent or Special Permanent Residents.
Long-term Resident (3 years, 1 year or a designated period of less than 3 years)
This type of visa is granted to those who are authorised to reside in Japan for a period of stay designated by the Minister of Justice in consideration of special circumstances (for example, second- and third-generation Japanese settlers, Indochinese refugee settlers, refugees as stipulated by the convention relating to the Status of Refugees, etc.
Diplomatic and official visa
Diplomats holding a Diplomatic Visa are authorised to engage in activities on the part of constituent members of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign governments hosted by the Government of Japan, and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.
Furthermore, they are authorised to engage in activities on the part of those who are provided with similar privileges and/or immunities as are given to diplomatic missions in accordance with treaties or international customary practices (for example, heads of state, ministers, and parliamentary speakers of foreign countries; the secretary general of the United Nations; the secretary generals of specialised agencies of the United Nations; etc.), and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.
Holders of an Official Visa are authorised to engage in activities on the part of those who engage in official business of foreign governments or international organisations recognised by the Government of Japan, and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.
Exemption of visas
If your home country has a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan, a visa is not required to enter Japan for the following purposes:
Nationals of the listed countries can apply for landing permission for short-term stays for the following purposes:
Sightseeing, recreation, amateur sports, visiting relatives, short-term study, inspection tour, participation in unpaid lectures or meeting, attending a conference, business contact or other similar activities,
Countries with reciprocal visa exemption arrangements with Japan as of December 1996
Please note that the list of countries having concluded reciprocal visa exemption agreements with Japan, is only intended as guidance. The agreements may be subject to alterations and suspension, so we kindly ask you to contact the Consular Section for confirmation.
Singapore (3 months or less)
Brunei (14 days or less)
Canada (3 months or less)
U.S.A (90 days or less)
Latin America and Caribbean
Argentina (3 months or less)
Bahamas (3 months or less)
Barbados (90 days or less)
Chile (3 months or less)
Costa Rica (3 months or less)
Dominican Rep. (3 months or less)
El Salvador (3 months or less)
Guatemala (3 months or less)
Honduras (3 months or less)
Mexico (6 months or less)
Suriname (3 months or less)
Uruguay (3 months or less)
Andorra (3 months or less)
Austria (6 months or less)
Belgium (3 months or less)
Bulgaria (90 days or less)
Croatia (3 months or less)
Cyprus (3 months or less)
Czech (90 days or less)
Denmark (3 months or less)
Estonia (90 days or less)
Finland (3 months or less)
France (3 months or less)
Germany (6 months or less)
Greece (3 months or less)
Hungary (90 days or less)
Iceland (3 months or less)
Ireland (6 months or less)
Italy (3 months or less)
Latvia (90 days or less)
Liechtenstein (6 months or less)
Lithuania (90 days or less)
Luxembourg (3 months or less)
FYR Macedonia (3 months or less)
Malta (3 months or less)
Monaco (90 days or less)
Netherlands (3 months or less) Norway (3 months or less)
Norway (3 months or less)
Poland (less than 90 days)
Portugal (3 months or less)
San Marino (3 months or less)
Slovakia (90 days or less)
Slovenia (3 months or less)
Spain (3 months or less)
Sweden (3 months or less)
Switzerland (6 months or less)
United Kingdom (6 months or less)
Australia (90 days or less)
New Zealand (90 days or less)
Israel (3 months or less)
Turkey (3 months or less)
Lesotho (3 months or less)
Mauritius (3 months or less)
Tunesia (3 months or less)
In the case of visa exemption agreements of up to three months or 90 days, foreigners are granted upon landing a temporary visitor status for a period of 90 days (15 days for Brunei).
Nationals of countries that have concluded agreements with Japan for stays of a maximum of six months in principle are granted permission to stay in Japan for 90 days at the time of landing. Nationals of these countries who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days must apply at their nearest immigration authority in Japan for an extension of their period of stay.
If your home country does not have a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan, please contact the consular section directly to find out how to obtain a visa. If you contact us on someone's behalf, please have details of the traveller's nationality, purpose of journey to Japan, and length of stay intended in Japan.
Certificate of Eligibility
If an applicant wishes to work, study, or live in Japan, he or she should in principle first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, the applicant must ask a sponsor in Japan (an employer, spouse, school, etc.) to contact the local immigration office and make an application on his or her behalf. The application must be made by a sponsor in Japan, and cannot be made by the applicant himself.
There are two processes for acquiring a Certificate of Eligibility: An application is usually made by a proxy in Japan at the nearest regional immigration authority to the proxy's place of residence in Japan. The other process is limited to special cases, such as applicants who happen to be residing in Japan and are prepared to leave the country to apply for a visa.
Once a Certificate of Eligibility has been obtained, the applicant should bring in his or her passport, two passport-sized photographs, the Japanese sponsor's name, address and phone number, the original Certificate of Eligibility, and one photocopy of the Certificate of Eligibility. In the case of applicants who are applying for visas to work in Japan as dancers, the applicant should also bring a copy of the contract between the applicant and the Japanese organization, a curriculum vitae, and information regarding the venue in Japan (either a brochure or a floor plan)
Please note that a Certificate of Eligibility expires after three months. An applicant must obtain his or her visa and arrive in Japan within three months of the issue date of the Certificate of Eligibility. If an applicant has not travelled to Japan before the expiry date, then a new Certificate of Eligibility must be obtained before applying for the visa and travelling to Japan.
Application for Japanese visa
In order to obtain a visa for Japan, the applicant must apply in person to an embassy or consulate. There is no system by which a proxy can carry out the application procedures in Japan.
In Lithuania the application procedures may be carried out at the Japanese Embassy in Vilnius.
Foreigners who obtain a visa for Japan must pay a visa fee. Generally speaking, the fees are about ¥ 3,000 for a single-entry visa, ¥ 6,000 for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and ¥ 700 for a transit visa (fees are collected in local currencies). In the case of applicants from countries with reciprocal agreements with Japan, fees are reduced or exempted in accordance with the agreement.
Documents to be submitted with visa applications
The following documents must be submitted whatever the purpose of the visit:
Two 45 mm x 45 mm passport-type photos taken within the previous six months (stateless persons must submit three photos)
- Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy or consulate
- Documents certifying the purpose of the visit
Please make your application at an embassy or consulate after preparing these documents. For further information about documents certifying the purpose of the visit, please visit the Homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
In principle, foreigners who possess a Certificate of Eligibility can submit two copies (the original and a photocopy) of the certificate, instead of documents certifying the purpose of the visit. However, they may be requested to submit additional documents.
Contacting the Visa and Consular Section
Please note that we prefer to answer enquiries by phone. You can reach the Visa & Consular Section on (+370)5-231-0462 .
Change to Landing Examination Procedure (08/10/07)
As of November 20, 2007, foreign nationals entering Japan must provide fingerprints and facial photograph at immigration control procedures with the purpose of taking preventive measures against acts of terrorism.
View an outline of new immigration procedures (PDF).
Direct link to the Immigration Bureau of Japan
► Guide to Japanese Visas
► Immigration Bureau of Japan
► Japan Customs
► JATA / Japan Association of Travel Agents