Visiting Japan & Visas


(24 hours / 7 days a week, English only)
TEL 1-888-704-4459

* This hotline is designated for visa applicants residing in the U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
* If you are calling from the U.S., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
* This Hotline can only answer general questions regarding visas.
* The Hotline will not connect you to the Consulate Visa Office. If you need to contact the Consulate in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Consulate directly at 305-530-9090 during office hours. 

For people who plan to enter Japan from the United States

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】 Visa applications should be submitted to the Japanese embassy or consulate which has jurisdictions over your residential address.  We ONLY accept visa applications from Florida residents.  If you have questions regarding visas, please send an email to including the following information.

1. Nationality / Citizenship
2. Visa status in the U.S. if not a U.S. citizen
3. Possession of Certificate of Eligibility / ERFS
4. DETAILED purpose of your trip to Japan
5. Planned date of entry and length of stay
6. Current address in Florida
7. Daytime phone number

Due to large volume of inquiries, we may not be able to respond to your email soon.  Thank you for your patience. 

Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel 

Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)

Important Notice on Entry Ban and Visa Restrictions for Strengthening Border Security Measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus

Important Notice on Visa Restrictions for Strengthening Border Measures to prevent the spread Novel Coronavirus

New measures for border enforcement (19)(Review on restrictions on activities after entering into Japan for persons with a vaccination certificate of COVID-19 and on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals)

New measures for border enforcement (18) (Quarantine period cross-border travelers and returnees who possess a COVID-19 Vaccination certificate)

New measures for border enforcement (17) (Designated countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment on border measures and others)

New measures for border enforcement (15) (new designated countries/regions in response to coronavirus variants of special concern on border measures and others)

New measures for border enforcement (13)

New measures for border enforcement (12)

New measures for border enforcement (10)

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New measures for border enforcement (7)

Valid Format of “Certificate of Negative Test Result”

Fine for Illegal Import and Export of Livestock Products to Triple(June 29, 2020)

Visa Information

The Visa Office at the Consulate General of Japan in Miami is responsible for issuing visas to foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) residing in Florida who wish to visit or work/live in Japan. Those who hold a B1/B2 visa or who are visiting under the visa waiver program may not apply for their visas through the Miami consulate.

Non-Florida residents should refer to the jurisdiction map to determine which Consulate or Embassy has jurisdiction over their area of residence.

Whether or not you need to apply for a visa depends upon factors such as the purpose and length of your visit as well as your nationality. Please note that it takes a minimum of 4 business days for a visa to be approved. Therefore, we highly recommend applying for a visa several weeks in advance of your intended departure.

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The Consulate General of Japan in Miami is a Government Agency. For this reason we do not offer the JR PASS, vacation plans, or other tourist and visitors programs.

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Bringing Medication

Japan has very strict guidelines and regulations in regard to the bringing in of medications. An importer of medication (drug, quasi-drug, cosmetic or medical device) for business purposes needs a License from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

There is no need for a License for individual's importing or bringing medication into Japan for personal use. An individual can import restricted quantities of medication without special procedures. Medication imported or brought into Japan for personal use must not be sold or given to others. Travelers should bring a script as well as a letter for each drug's name and purpose from their doctors.

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Dear travelers to Japan:

It is recommended to take out an overseas travel insurance

・ An overseas travel insurance makes you feel secure, even in emergencies, and you can enjoy your trip.
・ Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchased offers sufficient coverage of treatment costs, you can receive treatment without concern.
・ It is recommended to have an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation, and cashless medical service.

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