Temporary Visitor Visa and Transit Visa

Temporary Visitor Visa

The Temporary Visitor Visa is for a visit not exceeding 90 days, for purposes such as:
Tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, attending a conference, etc.
This category excludes profit-making operations and paid activities.


UK and Irish passport holders are NOT required to obtain a visa if they wish to enter Japan for the purpose of a journey as described above for a period of 6 months or less. Please see Visa Information for UK and Irish passport holders. Please note that this does not apply to holders of British Overseas Citizen, British Subject or British Dependent/Overseas Territories Citizen passports.

Under visa exemption arrangements, nationals of more than 60 countries and regions who wish to go to Japan for the aforementioned purposes are NOT required to obtain a visa.*

A multiple entry visa may be issued to frequent travellers who intend to visit Japan for short–term stays for things like business and cultural activities. Please contact the Visa Section for further information.

Please see the list of required documents, if your purpose of visit is;


Please see General Information for application procedures.

Transit Visa

If you require to stay in Japan for a short period of time for the purpose of transit, please contact the Visa Section for further information.

Tel: 0131 225 4777 (Please listen to the automated English guidance and then select option 1.)


* Even if you are subject to a visa exemption arrangement, permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities. We advise that you take supporting documents with you for immigration inspection at the airport such as a return flight ticket, details of your host organisation and evidence of sufficient funds for your stay.