Visa Information: General Information
Visiting the Consulate for a Visa Application
The Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh accepts visa applications from residents of our jurisdiction area in Scotland and the following council districts in the north of England: Cumbria, County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.
Visa applicants living outwith our jurisdiction as detailed above should contact the Embassy of Japan in the UK (London) to enquire about the application procedure. We will in principle not accept visa applications from residents of the Embassy’s jurisdiction.
Visa applications must be made on appointment in person at the Consulate. An appointment must be booked online in advance.
For further information about booking an appointment please see the following page: Online booking system.
Please see the About Us page for information on finding the Consulate, including opening hours, directions from Waverley and Haymarket stations.
Visa categories, extension of re-entry permit and required documents
- The Visa Exemption Arrangement applies based on your nationality, NOT on your UK residence status.
|Types of Travel||Visa Requirements|
|British Citizens ※||NOT Required|
|Non-British Citizens||Visa Exemption Countries and Regions (List) ※||NOT Required|
|Non-Visa Exemption Countries and Regions||Required|
※Holders of British Overseas Citizen, British Subject or British Dependent / Overseas Territories Citizen passports or Convention Travel Documents are not included in “British Citizens”and “Visa Exemption Countries and Regions”. Holders of such documents must obtain a visa prior to travel and should contact us for visa information.
VISA CATEGORIES AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
The required documents are explained on the information page for each visa category below. The visa application form applicable to all categories can be downloaded by clicking the following link: Visa application form
• Temporary Visitor Visa and Transit Visa Employment/Student/Long-Term Stay (Certificate of Eligibility required)
• Working Holiday Visa
• Volunteer Visa
• Spouse or Child of Japanese National Visa
• Medical Stay Visa
• Long Stay for Sightseeing and Recreation Visa
• Extension of re-entry permit
For more information on visas to Japan, please see the following link: Guide to Japanese Visas (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
Processing times and collection
Processing may take longer if we require further information to support your application (e.g. additional documentation or an interview). We will advise you of the expected processing time at the time of application.
You must arrange a collection appointment ONLINE after your application is submitted. Passports must be collected in person.
Applicants who are unable to visit the Consulate for collection must arrange for someone to come on their behalf. To do so, the person collecting the passport must provide a photo ID (passport or UK driving licence) and an authorisation letter (any format) signed by the applicant. Please make an appointment ONLINE in advance.
Visa fees are payable in cash only (no card or cheque). Visa fees vary depending on nationality and the type of visa (see the visa fees list).
Address: Attn. Consular Section, Consulate General of Japan, 2 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7HW
Tel: 0131 225 4777 (Please listen to the automated English guidance and then select option 1)
Japan Visa Information Hotline
Tel: (+44) 84 4986 4968 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls will be answered in English)
*Please mention your nationality or citizenship and place of your residence in your email
*Domestic call fees may apply
*If calling via Skype please click here
The Hotline provides general Japanese visa information and will not connect to the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh. Please contact the Consulate for enquiries related to individual visa applications.
Attention: Increasing number of fraud cases targetting Chinese students in Japan (1 September 2023)
Foreign national coexistence policies
Highly skilled professional visa(Certificate of Eligibility)
Outline the establishment of a "new system" for accepting highly-skilled foreign professionals (PDF)
Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel
Japanese Government Initiatives relating to COVID-19
Border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Online Customs and Border Control Services
Visit Japan Web Service
Traveling to Tohoku area
Visitors to Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures
Residency in Japan
Guide to immigration procedures (※immigration Services Agency of Japan)
Basic Resident Registration System for Foreign Residents (※Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
Portal site for Daily Life Support for Foreign Residents (※immigration Services Agency of Japan)
Foreign national coexistence policies
For further information, please see Immigration Services Agency of Japan
Tourism in Japan
Japan National Tourism Organisation
Overseas Travel Insurance