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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.

 

 

Konsularabteilung / Consular Section 

 

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00–11:30 and 14:00–16:30 (except our holidays)
Address: Engestrasse 53, 3012 Bern Switzerland
Contact: Click here

ATTENTION

 

Your Necessity of VISA visiting Japan

  1. What is your purpose of visiting Japan ?

    1. Short-term stay
      • A stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include paid activities
    2. Work or Long-term stay
      • A stay during which the applicant performs paid work in Japan, a stay of over 90 days in Japan, etc.
      • For further information, please refer to the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1. Medical stay
      • "Visa for Medical Stay" is a visa issued to foreign patients wishing to visit Japan for medical purposes (including full medical check-ups). The visa is issued to their accompanying person(s) as well if necessary and as needed.
      • For further information, please refer to the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  1. What is your nationality ?

    1. Swiss Passport Holders / Passport Holders of Principality of Liechtenstein
    2. Other nationality
  1. Do you need a VISA ?

    1. Short-term stay
    1. Work or Long-term stay: You need a VISA.
    2. Medical stay: You need a VISA.
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VISA applying procedure

  1. Make a plan to travel to Japan.
  2. (Inviting Person in Japan: Make a plan to invite a person of foreign nationality to Japan.)
  3. Prepare required documents.
  4. (Inviting Person in Japan: Send required documents to the applicant.)
  5. Apply at the Embassy of Japan with the jurisdiction by yourself.
    • We do NOT accept by post.
    • You do NOT need to make an appointment. You can come to the Embassy during our opening time.
    • Please take all required documents.
  6. The application is examined in the Embassy.
    • We need at least 5 working days for the provision of a visa. Depending on the situation, you may wait even several weeks.
    • After applying for a visa, according to individual cases, other documents may be required.
    • The fee for a visa is according to nationality.
    • We accept only cash payment.
  7. After completion of the examination, come to get your passport back.
    • We recomend that you call us the day before coming to get it back.
    • We do NOT send your passport by post.
  8. Enter Japan within the term of validity of VISA..
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Required Documents for VISA

  1. Short-term stay

  2. Work or Long-term stay

    • A valid Passport
    • 1 Visa Application Form (2 Visa Application Forms: Russia, CIS countries or Georgia nationals)
    • 1 Photograph (passport size) (2 Photographs: Russia, CIS countries or Georgia nationals)
    • Certificate of Eligibility: The original and one copy
      • The Applicant or Inviting Person in Japan apply it at the Ministry of Justice in Japan.
      • For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Justice.
  3. Medical stay

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Useful Information for applying for VISA

  1. VISA Application Procedure
  2. Chart of Procedures
  3. VISA System in Japan
  1. VISA Application Documents
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
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Young Professional Programme

The Government of Japan and the Swiss Federal Council established a programme concerning the exchange of young professionals who go to the other country for a limited period of time to take employment within the field of their previously acquired professional technology or knowledge, in the hope of familiarising themselves with business, professional and technical practices in the country and improving their linguistic knowledge.

The young professionals will be granted a permit for a temporary stay to take employment within their respective field, notwithstanding the situation in the labour markets.

You can download more detailed information on Young Professional Programme PDF and application form Word-Document
Additional Info: Flow Chart PDF

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Guide to Living in Japan

 

Leaflet

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Useful Information for Visiting Japan

  1. Customs

    Please refer to the website of Japan Customs.

     

  2. Immigration control

    Please refer to the website of the Immigration Bureau of Japan.

  1. Quarantine

    Please refer to the website of Quarantine Information Office of Japan.

  1. Animal Quarantine

    Please refer to the website of Animal Quarantine Service of Japan.

  1. Importation of Animal

    Please refer to the website of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

     

  2. Plant Quarantine

    Please refer to the website of Plant Protection Station of Japan.

  1. Bringing medicines for personal use into Japan

    Please refer to the website of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

     

  2. Examples of Dangerous Goods by Air Transportation

    Please refer to the website of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

     

  3. Registration Procedure at lodging facilities in Japan

    Please refer to the website of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

     

  4. Driving a car in Japan

    • Traffic Rules: Please refer to the website of National Police Agency.
    • Swiss driver's license holder:

      Individuals with driver’s licenses issued in Switzerland are allowed to drive vehicles complying with Japanese laws and regulations only when they carry both the original license issued in Switzerland and a Japanese Translation of such issued by Japan Automobile Federation.

      For further information, please refer to the website of Japan Automobile Federation.

    • Switching overseas driver's license to Japanese license: Please refer to the website of Japan Automobile Federation.
  5. Living in Japan

    This is the webseit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. You can check the information about Japan in English, German, French and Italian.
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Contact

If you wish to inquire about visa requirements for visiting Japan, please click on the e-mail link below and provide the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone No.
  • Nationality
  • Purpose of visiting Japan in detail
  • Intended duration of stay in Japan

If you do not provide the complete information as listed above, we might be unable to process your inquiry. Inquiries by e-mail will not be answered immediately. Email to Consular Section :consularsection@br.mofa.go.jp

If you need a reply urgently, please contact us by telephone 031 300 22 22.

Note: If your residence is in one of the following cantons, Geneva, Vaud, Valais, Ticino please contact the Consulat du Japon à Genève (022 716 99 00)

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