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


Work Visa

Applicants intending to apply for a Work Visa should in principle obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) before applying for the visa. This COE is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. It can be obtained by the inviting Japanese employer through the local immigration office in Japan on your behalf. This means that in principle all applicants are required to have a Japanese employer to sponsor them.

Required Documentation
Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
Visa application form with one recent passport sized photo (43x35mm) affixed with glue
Original COE, plus one photocopy
* 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 COE will be returned.
Work 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