Japan eases in issuing Tourist Visas for Filipinos as they need to increase the number of tourists for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics. It is very easy to apply provided that you submitted all the essential documents required by the Japanese Embassy.
There are a number of types of Visas for Japan and to get the correct visa type to apply for, you can directly visit the official website of Japan Embassy in the Philippines.
Japan Embassy NO longer accepts walk-in visa applicants since July 30, 2007. Visa applications can only be processed through an accredited travel agency of The Japan Embassy in the Philippines. The travel agency will double check your documents before they submit it to the embassy and yes, they will charge you an extra fee.
Accredited Travel Agencies of The Japan Embassy in the Philippines
- Attic Tours Philippines, Inc
- Friendship Tours and Resorts Corp
- Rajah Travel Corp
- Reli Tours and Travel Agency
- Pan Pacific Travel Corp
- Discovery Tour, Inc
Essentials Requirements for a Japan Tourist Visa
- Passport (valid for more than 6 months)
- Visa Application Form
- Photo (1 copy of 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background)
- Birth Certificate (NSO issued with receipt and valid within (1)year)
- Marriage Contract (NSO issued with receipt and valid within (1)year) **if married
- Detailed Tour Itinerary
- Bank Certificate
- Income Tax Return (Form 2316 or 1701) – Original and Photocopy
- Certificate of Employment
Tip 1: Plane tickets and reserved accommodation are not required but you can submit it to get a higher chance of getting your visa application approved.
Tip 2: Japan Embassy nor any of the travel agencies never disclosed the amount needed on your bank account. Just make sure your bank account is opened for at least 6 months from the date you applied for a visa.
Tip 3: If you cannot supply one of the basic requirements, it is best to write a Letter of Explanation and addressed to the Consulate-General of Japan.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to process the Japan Tourist Visa?
Normally, it takes 5-7 working days to process the visa.
How much is the visa fee?
It depends on the travel agency. You can visit their website to check on the visa fee prices.
If got denied, how long can I re apply for a visa?
You can re apply after 6 months.