Visa application categories to be accepted

2022/8/2

Currently, cases for entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances are acceptable. 

Based on the New Border Measures (29), from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organizations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS).

(1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1)

(2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (start from June10) (New)

(3) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1)

Required documents for the visa application (Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit.) : A certificate for completion of Registration to the ERFS system obtained by a receiving organization through online application along with other visa application documents in response to the purpose of visit. (Please refer to “Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel” page for more details).

(Note) Receiving organizations means such companies or organizations which employ or invite the entrants for their business or entertainment purposes. Travel Agencies regarding the measures based on the abovementioned category (2) are such travel agents or travel service providers as defined in the Travel Agency Law(Law No. 239 of 1952).

(Note) A certificate for completion of Registration to the ERFS system means a proof of document issued by ERFS of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare after receiving organizations apply and register their entrant’s information online.

(Note) Foreign nationals who will be allowed new entry into Japan based on the abovementioned category (2) will be limited to those who will enter from the countries/regions of the group “Blue” designated in 3 (2) From June 1, 2022: Measures in response to Omicron variant / New Border Measures (28).(New)

For further information of the New Border Measures (29), please refer to “Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel” page.

Please refer to 7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances for further information.

(All the information above is from https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html)

   Basic requirement for visa application for the purpose of business.
   Basic requrement for visa application with a Certificate of Eligibility.

For those who apply for a visa as a technical intern trainee or a student
When the person who has already obtained a Certificate of Eligibility as of June 22 2022 apply for a visa at an embassy , a consulate , or a consular office, the applicant and the receiving organization (supervising organization, organization implementing individual-enterprise-type technical intern training or educational institution) are required to submit a "confirmation letter" relevant to the use of "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web ". (→detail)


Validity of a certificate of eligibility
Application examination period and flight reservation
How to book an appointment for visa application

Validity of a certificate of eligibility

New handling regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibility
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930005023.pdf
 
***For valid certificates of eligibility which issued on or after January 1, 2020 and have passed more than 3 months from the date of issuance***

Declaration prepared by accepting organization or individual will be required to submit at the time of visa application.

Downloadable forms for Declaration

Application examination period and flight reservation

Please note that due to the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the visa approval procedure may take longer than usual. Therefore it is advisable for you to submit visa application at least 1 month before intended date of departure.

In other words, the intended date of departure from Nigeria on your flight reservation slip will be required to be at least in 1 month time from the date of visa application, basically. Please note that we do not require purchase of flight tickets.

Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

How to book an appointment for visa application

Considering the current Novel coronavirus outbreak, visits to the consular section are by appointment only.
Office hour for visa application:  8:30 - 11:30 (Monday - Friday except Embassy's closure days )

If you are qualified for visa application, please send us an email to visanigeria@la.mofa.go.jp well in advance of the intended date of departure for booking an appointment with the information below.
 (1) Your name
 (2) Purpose of your visit to Japan or "Status" stating on your certificate of eligibility
 (3) Intended length of stay in Japan
 (4) Intended date of departure from Nigeria
 (5) A preferred date and time for visa application appointment
 (6) Your phone number