General Information to Apply for a Visa


Visa Application Procedure

  • Every visa applicant has to bring the required visa application documents to consular section. After the visa is issued, passports have to be collected at consular section.
  • Please note that we don’t accept visa application documents by post and we don’t send passports by post.
  • We do not operate an appointment system.
  • It takes 6 working days for visa applications to be processed. Different processing times apply to applications with a "Certificate of Eligibility"

Visa Application Deadline

Visa applications may not be submitted earlier than 3 months prior to arrival in Japan and later than 1 week before departure. (Exceptions are possible for "certificate of eligibility" holders.)

Visa Fee

The fee for a visa is according to nationality. Please contact consular section.

Consular Section

Address: Engestrasse 53, 3012 Bern Switzerland
Tel: +41-(0)31-300-2222
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00–11:30 and 14:00–16:30 (except our holidays)
9:30 – 11:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 from 5th of October, 2020 (Appointment Only)


  • 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)
  • Visa applications cannot be accepted by the Honorary Consul General of Japan in Zurich. For visa and other consular matters, please contact the Embassy of Japan in Bern directly.
Be aware of fraudulent website, social media, emails in an attempt to extract payments from visa applicants (July 5, 2017)