U.S. Citizens do not require a visa for entry to Japan however a U.S. Passport is required.

Step 1: Collect Documents

Tourist and Business Visa


    • Original passport – must be valid for at least 6 months containing and at least 1 blank visa page.


Proof of Travel

    • Copy of itinerary or air tickets showing round trip.

Invitation Letter

    • Letter of invitation from company in Japan (not mandatory, but helps to expedite the visa)
  • Bank Statement

  • Latest bank statement showing sufficient funds for your duration of stay in Japan


A1 Order Form

Company Letter

    • In the case of business travel, a company letter (Sample) of intent and financial responsibility typed on the company’s stationery stating the following:
      • Purpose and date of travel and duration of stay.
      • Name and address of the contacts/company to be visited and nature of the business.
      • Financial responsibility for the applicant as well as return transportation to U.S.
      • This letter must be signed by a superior within your company other than the applicant
    • Please address your letter to:
      • Embassy of Japan, Visa Section, Washington DC.

Additional Requirements

  • Copy of U.S. Alien Registration Card (Green Card) or valid U.S. employment visa (U.S. B1/B2 visa not accepted).
  • Some nationalities are required to obtain an official guarantee letter, notarized, from the host company in Japan.
  • Some nationalities may experience additional visa costs and delays of up to six weeks with the issue of a Japan visa.

Step 2: Fees

A-1 Service Fee:

$95.00 per visa

Consular Fee:

$25.00 – $32.00 Per Visa – Varies by Nationality


Return Shipping Fees

Priority Overnight$351-3 Passports
Priority Overnight$414+ Passports
Saturday Delivery$61+1-3 Passports

Please note that the above rates apply to most Continental USA. Higher rate applies to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and US Virgin Islands.

Calculate: Consular Fee + A1 Service Fee + Shipping = Total Due

Step 3: Shipping

Please forward the completed requirements detailed above to:

A-1 Passport & Visa Express,
1012 14th St NW, #630
Washington D.C. 20005

Your documents will be hand carried to the consulate/embassy and is usually processed in 48 to 96 hours.