GUIDELINES FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A JAPANESE VISA NB : Applicants must appear at the Embassy at least once for an interview, either to apply or to collect. Embassy of Japan in Pretoria Directions Physical 259 Baines Street, address： Corner of Bains and Frans Oerder Streets Groenkloof, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa Postal Embassy of Japan address ： Private Bag X999, Pretoria 0001 Republic of South Africa Telephone: +27-(0)12-452-1500 Fax : +27-(0)12-460-3800 Emails : firstname.lastname@example.org （ Visa Section） email@example.com （ Culture & Information Centre） Office of Consul of Japan in Cape Town Physical 2100 Main Tower, Standard Bank Centre, address： Heerengracht, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa Postal Office of Consul of Japan address ： Heerengracht, Cape Town 8001 Republic of South Africa Telephone : +27-(0)21-425-1695 Fax : +27-(0)21-418-2116 I. Visas for temporary visitors (business and tourism) - single entry Visa applications will only be accepted by the visa section if completed application forms, together with the required attachments, are submitted Once visa applications are officially accepted, visas will be issued in two working days , only if presented in the mornings from 09:00 to 12:30. Required documents for all visa applications One application form completed in full and one photograph 45mm x 45mm (not a printed copy) Full flight schedule from travel agent Additional requirements Business visa Fee: R250.00 Original letter from applicant’s company in S.A. stating nature of visit, name and addresses of companies applicant will visit in Japan Original letter stating company will bear all costs for visit Invitation letter from company in Japan applicant intends to visit Tourist visa Fee: R250.00 Daily schedule of places where applicant will visit in Japan Names and addresses of hotels with copy of booking vouchers Original bank letter stating applicant has sufficient funds for visit Copy of invitation letter, should the applicant be invited by a friend/family General Please note: no temporary passports are accepted In cases where a double or multiple entry visa is required, please contact the visa officer well in advance Non South African passport holders are requested to contact the Embassy for details concerning additional requirements. Details concerning specific visas, eg., working visa, student, cultural, etc, should direct their inquiries to the Embassy Additional information may be required. General Visa Information Please note that all information given here is of a general nature. Application procedures vary according to nationality and purpose of journey to Japan. It may be that when an applicant applies for a visa, he/she is asked to provide documents which have not been mentioned here. To avoid confusion, please contact the consular section directly to confirm the application procedure. Please note the Consular Section does not accept enquiry by email at this moment. Consular Section is open from 9:00-12:30 （application in the mornings only） and 14:00-16:00, Monday to Friday except South African and some Japanese national holidays. It is advisable to telephone in advance if it is unclear whether the Consular Section will be open or not. Visa applicants living in the Cape area should apply to the Consular Office of Japan in Cape Town. Please contact them directly to confirm the application procedure. Visa application form is available here [ download pdf file ] [ download MSWord file in zipped format ] Criteria of Visa Insurance In principle, a Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant when he/she complies with all the following requirements and the issuance is regarded as reasonable: The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled for the re-entry to the country of which he/she is a national citizen or the country of his/her residence All submitted documents are authentic, completed and satisfactory The activities to be engaged in while in Japan, or civil status, or the position of the applicant, and the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951, hereinafter referred to ac "the Act") The applicant shall not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Act Reciprocal visa exemption If your home country has a reciprocal visa exemption arrangement with Japan, then it is possible to enter Japan without first obtaining a visa for the following purposes: sightseeing, recreation, amateur sports, visiting relatives, short -term study, inspection tour, participation in unpaid lectures or meetings, attending a conference, business contact or other similar activities, List of Countries and Regions That Have Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan (62 countries and regions as of April 2006) Areas Countries and regions Term of residence Asia Singapore 3 months or less Brunei 14 days or less Hong Kong (BNO, SAR 90 days or less passport) Republic of Korea 90 days or less Taiwan 90 days or less Macau (SAR passport) 90 days or less North America Canada 3 months or less U.S.A 90 days or less Latin America and Mexico 6 months or less Caribbean Argentina 3 months or less Bahamas 3 months or less Chile 3 months or less Costa Rica 3 months or less Dominican Rep. 3 months or less El Salvador 3 months or less Guatemala 3 months or less Honduras 3 months or less Suriname 3 months or less Uruguay 3 months or less Barbados 90 days or less Middle East Israel 3 months or less Turkey 3 months or less Oceania Australia * 90 days or less New Zealand 90 days or less Africa Lesotho 3 months or less Mauritius 3 months or less Tunisia 3 months or less Europe Austria 6 months or less Germany 6 months or less Ireland 6 months or less Liechtenstein 6 months or less Switzerland 6 months or less United Kingdom 6 months or less Belgium 3 months or less Croatia 3 months or less Cyprus 3 months or less Denmark 3 months or less Finland 3 months or less France 3 months or less Greece 3 months or less Iceland 3 months or less Italy 3 months or less Luxembourg 3 months or less Macedonia 3 months or less Malta 3 months or less Netherlands 3 months or less Norway 3 months or less Portugal 3 months or less San Marino 3 months or less Slovenia 3 months or less Spain 3 months or less Sweden 3 months or less Andorra 90 days or less Bulgaria 90 days or less Czech Rep. 90 days or less Estonia 90 days or less Hungary 90 days or less Latvia 90 days or less Lithuania 90 days or less Monaco 90 days or less Poland 90 days or less Slovakia 90 days or less Please note: In the case of the waiver of visa requirements of up to three months or 90 days, foreigners are granted upon landing a temporary visitor status for a period of 90 days (15 days for Brunei). Nationals of countries and regions that have taken measures concerning the waiver of visa requirements with Japan for stays of up to six months in principle are granted permission to stay in Japan for 90 days at the time of landing. Nationals of these countries and regions who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days must apply at their nearest immigration authority in Japan for an extension of their period of stay. In the case of Australia, Japan adopts a unilateral measure, not a bilateral waiver of visa requirements. In the case of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran, the waiver of visa requirements is temporarily suspended. In the case of Malaysia, Peru and Colombia, it is recommended to obtain visa. In the case of China, visas are not required only for students of elementary, junior and senior high school in China for the purpose of school excursion staying in Japan less than 30 days.