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Visa Application: How to Get a Japanese Visa in the Philippines
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Visa Application: How to Get a Japanese Visa in the Philippines

Here, the steps to securing this official document before you head to Japan

 

Japan is a prime tourist destination, revered for its rich history, cuisine, influence on popular culture, and so much more. Being relatively close to the Philippines, it’s no surprise that more and more Filipinos are indulging themselves in their revenge travel plans, giving into their urge to travel and experience everything that Japan offers.

 

If you yourself are planning to fly out to Japan soon, you must attend to the first things first, of course: you must first get a visa. Let the guide ahead walk you through the process so you can apply for a Japanese visa in the Philippines seamlessly and have a smooth trip abroad.

Visa Application 101: Japanese Visa Requirements

When filing a visa application, Filipinos must secure a number of requirements. These are as follows:

1. A valid Philippine passport

Your Philippine passport must have six months of validity from the date of issuance, with at least two blank pages. If you have the latest Philippine passport, another space on page three must have your signature. The Japanese Embassy does not accept unsigned and broken passports.

 

You can find all Philippine passport requirements in this blog if you have yet to secure one.

2. An accomplished Japanese visa form

You can download the Philippine Embassy’s Japanese visa application form here and print it out on A4 paper. Make sure to fill out every space provided, indicate the date, sign the form, and affix “N/A” for any items that do not apply to you.

 

The Japanese Embassy can deny any visa application forms with errors or inaccurate information, so avoid making mistakes.

3. An ID photo

Japanese travel visa requires a 4.5cm x 4.5cm ID photo with a plain white background. The ID photo must be recent and captured within the last six months. Before pasting it on the visa application form, write your name and birthdate on the back of the ID photo.

4. A PSA birth certificate

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) birth certificate you submit must have a minimum of one year of validity from the date of issuance by the PSA or their official online service Serbilis.

 

PSA birth certificates that are discernable or have incomplete information should come with a Local Civil Registrar-issued birth certificate. Late registered birth certificates will also require extra documentation: Form 1307 and a baptismal certificate.

5. A PSA marriage certificate

If you’re married, you must also submit a PSA-issued marriage certificate. It must be valid for a year from the date of issuance. If the PSA sees no record of your marriage, you can file a Certificate of Non-record from the Local Civil Registrar.

6. Your travel itinerary

Establishing a stay schedule is one of the last but most crucial Japanese visa application requirements.

 

You may download the form here and accomplish the travel itinerary as soon as possible. The Japanese Embassy will analyze your plans as you visit the country, which is also a significant part of their decision to grant you a visa.

How to Get a Japanese Visa in the Philippines

Once you’ve collected the necessary documentation, all that’s left is to secure your Japanese visa. Here is a guide to getting your Japanese visa in the Philippines.

1. Make copies of all necessary documents

Your application will not be accepted if any required documents are missing. Additionally, print copies of everything since these will not be returned to you once submitted.

2. Determine the type of visa you need

There are two Japanese visa types that you can apply for: single- and double-entry visas.

 

Single-entry visas have a maximum validity of three months upon issuance, while double-entry affords you a six-month stay in the country. Remember that you cannot extend a single-entry visa beyond the 90-day limit.

 

Double-entry visas can last up to one to five years, depending on your nationality, purpose, and passport type, allowing you to enter Japan multiples time within the permissible time frame. However, each stay using the double-entry visa cannot go beyond 15 or 30 days.

3. Select a reputable travel agency to process your requirements

Don’t fall for shady characters in the travel industry. Only transact with accredited travel agencies that have packaged tours to avoid falling victim to false services.

 

Since the Philippine Embassy does not allow the direct submission of Japanese visa applications, apart from some instances, you have to enlist the services of a travel agency to process your visa-related needs. It’s best to thoroughly research by visiting the agency’s website.

4. Submit your requirements to your chosen travel agency and pay processing fees

Once you’ve selected a travel agency to handle your Japanese visa application process, hand over your requirements and pay the necessary fees to get things started. Depending on the agency, the process can take two to five working days.

 

Japanese visas are free, but you must pay the travel agency for their services.

5. Wait for your Japanese visa application results

The agency will notify you of the results of your application. If successful, they will tell you when you can claim your passport. It’s worth noting that submitting all requirements does not guarantee approval.

FAQs About the Japanese Visa Application

Will I be interviewed for my Japanese visa application?

It depends. The Japanese Embassy will first process your visa application, and if necessary, they will set up an interview.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Japan?

Yes. Due to the lingering effects of the pandemic, the Foreign Affairs of Japan mandated that all visitors must have a vaccination certificate that indicates they’ve had at least three doses of the vaccine to be allowed entry.

How long will the visa application process take?

The visa application process usually takes a maximum of five business days for single visa applications. However, this may depend on the volume of applications at that time.

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