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3.Visiting Japan(Visa)


General Information

Generally, a national of a foreign country who wishes to enter Japan must possess a valid passport and a visa obtained from an embassy or consulate.

Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into Japan. The Ministry of Justice (the Immigration Office) has the authority to deny admission. A visa is used solely to make application for "Landing Permission", which defines the period for which a foreign national is authorized to remain in Japan, and the "Status of Residence", which determines the activities in which a foreign national is authorized to engage in Japan. Landing Permissions are determined by the immigration official at the port of entry, not the consular official.

Important Notice

The Embassy of Japan in Iraq restrictively accepts visa applications as follows:

  • Diplomatic / Official visit
  • Applicants who have been issued the Certificate of Eligibility by a Japanese Immigration Office.
  • Temporary visit(applicants invited by the Japanese Government, a Local Government, a Public Interest Incorporated Association or Foundation, a Corporation, a University, or an NGO)

Applicants who do not fall into any of the above categories should apply for a visa at the Embassy of Japan in Jordan or the Consulate of Japan in Dubai:
(Click here for Visa information for Iraqis by the Embassy of Japan in Jordan.)
(Click here for Visa information for Iraqis by the Consulate-General of Japan in Dubai.)


Criteria for Visa Issuance

A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant if he/she meets all of the following requirements and the issuance is considered to be appropriate.

  • The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or a country of his/her residence.
  • All submitted documents are authentic, complete and satisfactory.
  • The activities to be engaged in while in Japan, the civil status or the position of the applicant, and the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. Hereinafter referred to as the "Immigration Control Act").
  • The applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.

Procedures

  • All applicants must prepare all necessary documents and contact 0770-494-2032 or embjp.ryoji.iraq@bd.mofa.go.jp prior to submitting the documents
  • The Embassy declines incomplete documents; additional documents may be requested during the course of application/examination.
  • 2 weeks or more should be allowed for consideration of the application.

  • Visa fees

    32,000 Iraqi dinars per person

      *Exact amount only.
      *The Embassy does not accept any other currency, including US dollars.

    Documentation (Documents are not returnable)

    Each applicant must submit the following basic documents.


      (1)Diplomatic / Official visit
      • A completed application form, available at the Embassy or downloadable from the following website.(Please fill in your full name as indicated in your passport)
      • A valid passport which has unused pages for visas
      • A copy of the passport (the page including the holder’s personal data) (Last visa, entry and departure stamps for Japan, if applicable.)
      • One passport-type photo taken within the last six months (size 45mm x 45mm), showing full face forward against a white background (photographs with dark glasses or head coverings other than religious wear are not acceptable)
      • (in case of application by a deputy) A copy of the National ID
      • A note verbale

      (2)Applicants who have been issued the Certificate of Eligibility by a Japanese Immigration Office
      • A completed application form, available at the Embassy or downloadable from the following website. (Please fill in your full name as indicated in your passport)
      • A valid passport which has unused pages for visas
      • A copy of the passport (the page including the holder’s personal data) (Last visa, entry and departure stamps for Japan, if applicable.)
      • One passport-type photo taken within the last six months (size 45mm x 45mm), showing full face forward against a white background (photographs with dark glasses or head coverings other than religious wear are not acceptable)
      • (in case of application by a deputy) A copy of the National ID
      • Original Certificate of Eligibility

      (3)Temporary visit
        [Applicant]
      • A completed application form, available at the Embassy or downloadable from the following website.(Please fill in your full name as indicated in your passport)
      • A valid passport which has unused pages for visas
      • A copy of the passport (the page mentioning the holder’s personal data) (Last visa, entry and departure stamps of Japan, if applicable.)
      • One passport-type photo taken within the last six months (size 45mm x 45mm), showing full face forward against a white background (photographs with dark glasses or head coverings other than religious wear are not acceptable)
      • (in case of application by a deputy) A copy of the National ID.

        [Guarantor]
      • An Invitation letter
      • A guarantee letter
      • Original Plan of Stay
      • (If the guarantor is a foreigner who is staying in Japan) A copy of the Residence Card of the guarantor、A copy of the foreign guarantor’s passport (pages including personal data, photo, and immigration stamp for residence permit)

        Any applicant may contact the Embassy to check on the status of his/her application, with his/her application registration number.

      • Frequently Asked Questions - Visas and Entering Japan
      • A Guide to Japanese Visas

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