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ESTA USA APPLICATION FOR JAPANESE NATIONALS

ESTA USA is an online system where citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can apply for an online travel authorization. The ESTA USA and VWP allow travelers to visit the US for up to 90 days, for tourism, business, medical, or short-term study purposes. Many travelers also refer to the travel authorization as an “ESTA visa”, however ESTA confirmation is only an authorization to enter the US, and it is not a visa.

Japan has strong ties with the Unites States, as being one of America’s largest commercial partners. Nearly $400 billion in goods and services are traded between the two countries annually. Japan joined the VWP on 16 December 1988, making it easier for Japanese nationals to visit USA. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was introduced in 2008, and became mandatory in 2009. It was and still is a requirement for travelers who want to travel to USA under the VWP. ESTA USA enables travelers to apply online instead of visiting the embassy or consulate to apply for a visa. From October 2013 - September 2014, 3,917,113 Japanese nationals visited the USA using the Visa Waiver Program.

Japanese passport holders who wish to enter the United States may complete the ESTA application. Confirmation of the application may take up to 72 hours, but it is mostly issued before that. It is recommended to apply at least 72 hours before prior to departure. Confirmed applications are valid for two years and applicants must (when visiting the US under the VWP) fly with a signatory carrier. Japan Airlines, for example, is a signatory member.

If any Japanese citizens do not receive an ESTA confirmation, they may apply for a B1/B2 visa at the US Embassy in Tokyo.


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Visa Waiver Program Signatory Carriers


Airlines

Airlines (Signatory Carriers) that fly to the USA from Japan:

  • Japan Airlines
  • Japan Air System
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Jetstar Airways
  • British Airways
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Air France
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Etihad Airways

Cruise

Cruise ships (Signatory Carriers):

  • Japan Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises

Additional Information


The US Embassy and Consulates in Japan:

  • The US Embassy in Japan is located in Tokyo. The nearest subway stations are Tameike-Sanno Station, Kokkai Gijido-mae Station and Kamiyacho Station.
  • Website: https://japan.usembassy.gov/
  • The American Embassy in Japan, Tokyo offer services for both American and Japanese citizens.
  • The US Consulates in Japan are located in the cities: Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha.

Japanese passports:

  • In order to use the ESTA system, all Japanese citizens must hold a machine-readable passport (e-passport). It is recommended that all Japanese passports are valid for at least six months prior to visiting the United States. Citizens of countries that participate in the Six Month Club are exempt from the six-month rule.

 

 VWC  

Visa Waiver Countries

Andorra
Hungary
Iceland
Austria
Ireland
San Marino
Belgium
Brunei
Slovakia
Chile
Latvia
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Lithuania
Estonia
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Taiwan
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Greece