Visa to Japan

Consular Hours: 9:00 am to noon and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Mondays to Fridays except for the designated holidays

Visa Operation Hours: 9:00 am to noon Mondays to Fridays except for the designated holidays


How to Apply

The Visa Section of the Embassy of Japan in Samoa takes care of the issuance of visas to foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan. Whether you need to obtain a visa to enter Japan differs according to the purpose of visit, length of your stay, your nationality, etc. So please read the following instructions carefully to determine if you need one. Under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan, it is stipulated that any foreigner wishing to enter Japan must possess a valid passport and visa obtained from an overseas establishment of Japan. Travellers from certain countries may be eligible to visit Japan without a visa under visa exemption arrangements.

Applicants must hold a Samoan passport or a valid long-term Samoan visa, e.g. resident, work, student etc. Applications from those in Samoa on a short-term visitor visa will not be accepted.*
*Exceptions may apply for those applicants holding a Certificate of Eligibility.

Application at the Embassy of Japan in Samoa
Please bring your application documents to our office during our visa hours (see above). You do not have to make an appointment to apply. For documents required to lodge your visa application, please select your visa type from the side menu.

Payment of Visa Fees
Visa fees vary depending on your nationality and the type of visa for which you are applying. Please see here for more information. Payment must be made in cash (correct change only) at the time of passport collection. Credit cards or cheques are not accepted.

Processing Time
Usual Processing Time is five working days.

Application with Certificate of Eligibility
No urgent visa service is provided. Applications that require enquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may take longer than the processing times indicated above. Please allow plenty of leeway. Applications for most visas open three months before the intended date of arrival.
Physical Address

Level 2, B-Building, SNPF Plaza
Savalalo, Apia, Samoa

Office Hours

Mondays to Fridays except for the designated holidays
For the designated holidays, please refer to the above.

8:30 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:15 pm
For consular and visa operation hours, please refer to the above.
Postal Address

P.O. Box 1375
Apia, Samoa

Phone: +685-21187
Fax: +685-21196