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


Transit Visa

A Transit Visa is only issued to travellers who will stop over in Japan en-route to another country due to flight schedules. If your main purpose is sightseeing or visiting friends/relatives, you must apply for a Temporary Visitor's Visa, not a Transit Visa. If you are transiting within the same airport and do not plan to leave the secure transit area, then no visa is required.
* If you have a Samoan official or diplomatic passport and will visit Japan for an official or diplomatic reason, the visa requirement is waived.
Some nationalities do not require a visa to enter Japan for up to 90 days for any of the purposes listed above. For more information about which countries have visa exemption arrangements with Japan, please see here. To apply at the Embassy of Japan in Samoa, you must reside in the Independent State of Samoa. If you do not hold a Samoan passport, you must have a long-term Samoan visa (e.g. resident, work, student etc.). Please find below a list of the documentation required to support your visa application. For information on how to submit the application, please see How to Apply.

Required Documentation
・ Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
・ Visa application form with one recent passport sized photo (45x35mm) affixed by glue
・ Valid Samoan visa (excluding visitor visa) if you do not hold a Samoan passport
・ A copy of e-tickets or flight details (full flight details from an accredited travel agent or airline)
* We do not require the purchase of tickets but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to delay or denial of a visa.
・ Proposed itinerary (activity schedule) in Japan, including accommodation (use prescribed form)
・ Bank statement (original/certified) 
・ Evidence of your hotel bookings
・ Letter or certificate from your employer/school showing evidence of your current employment/enrolment (original).
  In the case of dependents travelling with legal spouse/parent, please provide proof of relationship eg. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate.
* Visa fee is payable (if applicable) when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
* If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.

Additional documentation may be required.
No documents other than your passport and Certificate of Eligibility will be returned.
Transit visas will take a minimum of five working days to be processed. There is no urgent visa service.
Even with possession with a visa, final permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities.
Visas are only valid from three months from date of issue, so applications open from three months before your intended date of arrival.
For further information, please see FAQ or contact us.
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