Visa

Criteria of Visa Issuance

A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she meets all of the following requirements and if the issuance is considered to be appropriate.

  1. The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or a country of his/her residence.
  2. All submitted documents are authentic, completed and satisfactory.
  3. The activities to be engaged in Japan / the civil status or the position of the applicant / the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as the “Immigration Control Act”)
  4. The applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.

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 . For details about Japanese visa please also visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Consular Section Hours
9:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 17:00

Holidays and Closing Days 

Embassy's holiday schedule

▲Top

Visa information for Lithuanian passport holders

As a national of the Republic of Lithuania it is possible to enter Japan for a period of 90 days 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.

▲Top

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 What are the visa requirements for Lithuanian citizens?
A-6. Please consult this page.

▲Top

Visas

Information about the types of visas can be found here.

▲Top

Exemption of visas

Information about the countries or regions for visa exemptions can be found here.

▲Top

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.

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.

▲Top

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:

  1. Passport
  2. One 45 mm x 45 mm passport-type photograph taken within the previous six months (nationals of Russia, CIS countries or Georgia need to submit two photographs)
  3. One official visa application form, available at the embassy or consulate (nationals of Russia, CIS countries or Georgia need to submit two visa application forms)
  4. 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.

Application form

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 .

▲Top

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

▲Top

Useful links

Get Adobe Reader

(Open a New Window)