Consulate-General of Japan in Houston



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Visa to Enter Japan

Visa Information

Visa applications are only accepted from residents in our jurisdiction


Click here to check the location of the Embassy/Consulate-General with jurisdiction over your place of residence.

Exemption agreement with Japan

Please click here to find out if you need a Japanese visa or not.

A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay of less than 90 days with the purpose of tourism and business.
1. You can apply in person.
  • Our office hours for the Visa Section at the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston are 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm -4:00pm (Monday - Friday, except holidays). However, you can only drop off your application between 9:30am-12:30pm, and only pick up your visa between and 1:30pm 4:00pm.
  • A proxy (include Visa Agents) may apply on the applicant's behalf with Power of Attorney.
  • If you pick up a passport for an applicant, please bring an Authorization letter and your ID when you pick it up.
  • The Consulate General of Japan will not make copies. A good rule of thumb: If you want the document back, bring the original AND a photocopy.
2. You can apply via mail.
  • Please note: we only ship to addresses within our jurisdiction.
  • It is only for those who live outside of the Houston area and for whom it is too far to come in person.
  • We accept a copy of your immigration documents. You do not need to submit the original documents like green card, I-20, I-797, DS-2019/IAP-66, etc.
  • When processing your application by mail, please include a self-addressed postage paid return envelope via traceable mail (ex. Fedex, UPS, U.S. Express Mail). A disclaimer must also be included with visa applications sent by mail to:   
Consulate-General of Japan
909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000
Houston, TX 77010

Processing Time

  • It usually takes 5-7 business days after all required documents are in order.
  • It may take more than 5-7 business days if consultation with our headquarters in Tokyo is required.

Status of visa application

  • We will let you know by phone or e-mail when your visa is approved and issued. Please provide your best contact information.
  • Please do not to call our office to ask about your status. If you would like to know your status, please inquire by email at:

Visa Fee

  • We only accept CASH. We do not accept personal checks or credit cards.
  • Please click here to check your visa fee.

What kind of visa do you need?

                      *Click here if you have a Status of U.S. Forces Agreement.

Other information

Japanese Visa Information by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
The Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Justice of Japan
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Japanese Visa

Trusted Traveler Program(Accelerate immigration procedures)