Getting Tourist Visas

If you are traveling to a country that is not your home country, it is important to check whether you require a tourist visa or not. Tourist visas are generally valid for a two week to one month stay, depending on the county of course. Getting a visa can be as easy as walking straight through customs to prolonged advanced applications. Plan accordningly.


Re-entry Permits

It is no longer necessary to purchase a re-entry permit when you plan to travel outside of Japan. However, on your return you must present your passport and your Residence Card at immigration, so make sure you keep these safe!


Immigration Office

Matsuyama Joint Government Building 1F
188-6 Miyata-cho, Matsuyama-shi
Ehime-ken, 8790-0066

[Office Hours]
Monday – Friday (9:00am-12noon / 1pm – 4pm) closed public holidays

[Phone Numbers]
089-932-0895


Tourist Visa Links

In order to make it easier to find information about Tourist Visas, we've collected a list of links and basic information for you. This list is not comprehensive and focuses primarily on countries in Asia, the ones most Ehimites tend to visit. We also highly encourage you to double check these visa requirements from your home country embassies. If you have other additions, please don't hesitate to contact us!


South Korea

http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/ena/GK/GK_EN_2_1_1.jsp

Most Countries are exempt from tourist visas, but please double-check your country in the above link.


Thailand

http://www.thaivisa.com/visa/passport-holders-who-can-enter-thailand-without-visa.html

Most countries are exempt from tourist visas, but please double-check your country in the above link.


Taiwan

http://www.boca.gov.tw/content.asp?CuItem=1900

Most countries are exempt from tourist visas. See the above link for more information.


Singapore

http://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre_overview.aspx?pageid=252&secid=165

Most countries are exempt from tourist visas. See the above link for more information.


India

http://goindia.about.com/od/planningyourtrip/a/indianvisa.htm

Advance tourist visas for most countries are required. See the above link for more information.


Phillipines

http://immigration.gov.ph/

Most visitors can acquire visas through the Visa on Arrival. See the above link for more information.


Vietnam

http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/

Tourist Visas for Vietnam can be aquired through a combination of evisa and Visa on Arrival if you arrive by air. I have used the above site for this service in the past, and it was recommended on the Lonely Planet fourms. (Be forewarned that this company, as others of its kind, will email you the "invitation letter" with a list of the passport information of you and everyone else who applied at the same time as you.)


Malaysia

http://www.2malaysia.com/visa.htm

Most Countries are exempt from tourist visas. See the above link for more information.


Cambodia

http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/evisa/

Evisas can be aquired prior to arrival. Please see the above link for more information.


China

http://www.rto.co.jp/visa.htm
Visa form:http://www.rto.co.jp/CHINESE%20VISA%20FORM%202013.pdf

Advanced visas are required for most countries. The above site is a Japanese travel agency based in Osaka that specializes in getting Chinese Visas for foreign residents in Japan. Allow at least a week for processing.