How to Apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines?

Applying for a Visa is a bit exciting and stressful. applicants are scared to get rejected by the embassy for whatever reasons. As a citizen living in the Philippines, it is a mere challenge for our passport to visit other countries worldwide.

I would like to share to you how i managed to get a tourist visa for me and my family for a Japan trip. I was excited since this will be our first time to visit a country that require visa. I was hoping that this will be really worth of the effort and a dream come true to seek for visa approval for this trip.

I am hopeful that this year Japan relaxes visa rules in issuing Tourist Visa for Filipinos, I have read a lot of article about this, I actually believed that there were  refuted story about the Japan Visa has been waived but I think lifting of visa in Philippines would not happen as of the moment. we need to prepare all necessary document for the said application.

To start, there are a lot of accredited Travel Agencies that you can rely to assist you with your Visa Application. Just fill up the form and bring all the necessary documents.You might want to check the official website of the Japanese Embassy of the Philippines.

Accredited Travel Agency:

Discover Tour Inc (we submitted docs to this agency), Pan Pacific Travel Corp,Rajah Travel Corp, Attic Tours Philippines Inc, Reli Tours and Travel.

Fees: 800-2000 (Depends on Agency fees)

Requirements for Tourist Visa

  1. Visa Application Form – http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000035.html
  2. Passport  
  3. ID picture. 4.5cm x 4.5 cm. Paste it on the application form.(Make sure no accesories and all ears out)
  4. Birth certificate from NSO. Must be issued within the past one year.
  5.  Marriage certificate from NSO. Only if you’re married. If not, ignore this one.
  6. Detailed Itinerary – make sure input the date, activity , accommodation and contact details
  7. Bank Certificate -Must be issued within the past 3 months. There’s no telling how big a fund is “enough” to get approved, but (in case you’re wondering) my account had only a bit north of P60,000.I didn’t encounter any problem.
  8. ITR

 

Requirements for visiting relatives (with guarantor)

If you have friends or relatives in Japan, you may work with one of them. This way, you may not be required to prove you could afford the trip. The burden shifts to your friend or relative. Here’s what they need to give you:

 

  1. Visa Application Form – http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000035.html
  2. Passport  
  3. ID picture. 4.5cm x 4.5 cm. Paste it on the application form.
  4. Birth certificate from NSO. Must be issued within the past one year.
  5.  Marriage certificate from NSO. Only if you’re married. If not, ignore this one.
  6. Detailed Itinerary – make sure input the date, activity , accommodation and contact details
  7. Invitation letter for Guarantor in Japan
  8. Family Registration (issued within 3 mos) (Koseki Tohon)
  9. Residence Certificate – JUMINHYO issued within 3 mos
  10. Residence Card
  11. Bank Certificate (of applicant)
  12. Guarantee Letter
  13. Income Certificate of Guarantor
  14. Tax  Return Certficate of Guarantor
  15. Bank Certifcate

 

Processing Time – The average processing time is one week with complete requirements.

Validity– If approved, Japan Visa is valid for 3 months. If not granted no reason will be disclosed. The usual granted of days from date of Arrival is 15 days. for Visiting relative  visa up to 90 days.

I just submitted all the necessary requirements. and Here it is!

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