Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Visa To Enter Japan

Just something to refresh us about visa application to Japan, if we need to go and apply someday. (For some strange reason, the Japan Embassy website is blocked at my office). Weird...

Read about the experience of me getting a visa last year here.

For Malaysian applicants applying for a holiday/transit visa, the documents required are:
  1. Original passport
  2. One (1) visa application form (downloadable)
  3. One (1) photo (4.5cm x 4.5cm) with white background which is taken within 6 months from the visa application and must be pasted on the application form
  4. Itinerary in Japan (downloadable) and for transit purpose, copy of visa to the main destination (USA, CANADA, etc)
  5. Employment certificate stating your position, department in the company and length of service(using the company letterhead)

    *If you are a sole proprietor/partner/owner of the company, you need to submit a copy of your business registration

    *For those who are not working: a self explanatory letter stating how expenses will be borne, name and relationship of person(s) accompanying (if any)
  6. Personal savings, latest current account statement, fixed deposit, Tabung Haji or Amanah Saham Berhad (ASB) (original certified true copy by the bank) (need to show the applicant’s name as the account owner, account number and current balance)
  7. Copy of marriage certificate (spouse) or birth certificate (children) to show proof of relationship between the main applicant and the person(s) accompanying
Applicants are no longer required to submit confirmed flight itinerary issued by travel agent. Instead of that, applicants must submit tentative itinerary in Japan where they do not have to book for ticket. Please take note that tourist/business travelers who hold a short stay visa are required to show return ticket at the entry point.

Although it wasn't mentioned above, we are required to show that we have at least RM6,000.00 per person in our accounts. The three of us should show at least RM18,000.00 to ensure our visa will be approved.


  1. good evening lina!!

    thanks for this post, I'll take note of all your japan postings for future travel. I really want to go to this coountry by hook or by crook! ahahaha

  2. @Ayie,
    Only some countries need Visa and Malaysia is one of them.

    So, when are you planning to go? :)

  3. Wow..what an extensive list just to get a visa. Must be the reason being alot of Msians jumping ship in the land of the rising sun?

  4. @Mei Teng,
    I guess so. They need to make sure that we are not planning to jump ship (or plane) upon entering Japan.

    And it used to be quite easy to get the visas.

  5. Huh? SO much hassle to get the visa?

  6. Are you going Japan during the Raya month?

  7. huh? so troublesome to apply for visa?? i didn't know so many procedures!

  8. @foong,
    what to do... we are entering other people's country. Definitely not as easy as entering China! :-)

    it's not so bad... I guess

  9. thanks for the info. i'll take note when i visit japan someday.

  10. Thanks for the post, I would love to go to Japan soon.
    Johnny Ray

  11. This is what i call as an informative post...The information is very much needed to those who travel a lot ..Keep up the good work..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

  12. i want to make a stop over to japan to a connecting flight when i go back home for a visit. hopefully 2010 if we don't get to have a baby yet =) coz can't travel with infant too long for 14-16hrs

  13. Thanks! Just the info I need. Going on a 14-day trip in Dec 2009 so I hope I won't regret the trouble of getting the visa. Thanks to M'sians who abuse their tourist visa, the rest of us of got to go through this trouble.


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