The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Japan. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings and discussions
  • Attending a conference, seminar or trade fair as an unpaid participant
  • Negotiating and signing contracts

Basic Requirements

 To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • Proof of sufficient funds for trip
  • Round (or onward) trip flight itinerary and hotel confirmation

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum amount of time a business visitor may remain in Japan is generally 90 days per trip. Some nationals may qualify for an extension of stay. The cumulative stay limit is 180 days in any 12-month period.

Work Permit Types

The two main work permits in Japan are the Working Visa (which has three main subcategories) and the Highly Skilled Foreign Professional work permit.

Maximum Period Stay

Both the Working Visa and the Highly Skilled Foreign Professional Visa may be issued for one, three or five years.