Applying for a Japan e-Visa for Indians is now easier with a centralized process managed by Visa Application Centers run by VFS Global. This streamlined procedure simplifies the application process. Here are the steps to apply for your Japan e-Visa.

The Japan e-Visa grants Indians a single-entry short-term visa, permitting a stay of up to 90 days in Japan. (source: Canva Pro)

Starting from April 1, 2024, Japan has initiated the issuance of eVisas for Indian tourists. This new system eliminates the requirement for physical visa stickers in passports, streamlining the application process for travelers.

This groundbreaking program facilitates visa applications electronically via designated Japan Visa Application Centers managed by VFS Global. Specifically designed for tourism, the Japan eVisa grants a single-entry short-term visa, permitting a stay of up to 90 days in Japan.

Both Indian citizens and foreign nationals residing in India are eligible, with a centralized application process managed by Visa Application Centers run by VFS Global, which helps streamline the procedure.

To commence the Japan tourist visa application process for Indian citizens, follow these steps :

Step1 : Please explore the official website.

To begin the application process, individuals should access the official website of the Japan Visa Application Centre, which is administered by VFS Global.

Step2 : Please download the application form and complete it.

  • Please click on the provided link and select the option for a Temporary Visitor Visa.
  • Please ensure all visa requirements are checked and download the visa application form from the website.
  • Please ensure that all necessary fields are accurately completed on the form before printing it in full.
  • Please make photocopies of the required documents for the single-entry short-term tourism visa.


Step3 : Schedule an appointment.

  • Please arrange an appointment to submit your application at the Visa Application Centre.
  • Upon confirming your booking, you will receive an email with your appointment details, including a letter of appointment.


Step 4 : Submit your application and patiently await the outcome.

  • Submit the filled-out visa application form at the center during your scheduled appointment.   
  • Please await an email notification indicating when your decision is available for collection at the Visa Application Centre.
  • You can monitor your visa application status online by utilizing the reference number provided in the invoice or receipt issued by the center, along with your date of birth.

Applicants who are approved for the eVisa will receive an electronic visa instead of a traditional visa sticker affixed to their passports. Upon arrival at the airport, travelers must present a “visa issuance notice” on their mobile phones as part of the procedural requirements.

Step 5 : Present the issuance notice

  • When checking in at the airport, make sure you have your “visa issuance notice” ready to show on your device. Your travel agency will supply you with this document, which includes a two-dimensional barcode, either in printed or PDF form
  • Please use your device to scan the two-dimensional barcode and provide the required information to access the notice.
  • Tap the “Display” button to access the electronic “visa issuance notice.” Once displayed, a countdown timer will start at the top right corner, showing the validity period of the notice.


Following these guidelines and meeting the specified criteria will enable Indian travelers to easily obtain a Japan tourist e-visa, thereby enriching their travel experience in Japan.

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