Are you planning to visit the Land of Rising Sun in the near future? Before anything else, you need to have your visa. Here are some information that you might find helpful in applying for Japan tourist visa:
How to apply for Japan Tourist Visa?
1. Prepare your requirements
For your convenience, bring all necessary documents. Otherwise, you will be asked to go back. A friendly advice I could give is to photocopy everything and bring both the original and duplicate copy of your requirements to the agency.
2. Choose an accredited agency
I chose Reli Tours SM Megamall branch. I got my visa and I’m happy with their services.
3. Pay the necessary fee
Later you will read more about this.
4. Wait for the release of your passport
It usually takes 3-5 business days. If waiting time goes beyond 5 business days, you can already follow-up.
If you travel a lot, it will increase your chances of getting approved. I also asked my friends and most of the time, this is the case. However, you can still apply even if it’s your first time to visit other country. There are different factors to consider and the embassy is looking at many things.
- Philippine passport – Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages
- Visa Application Form
- Recent Photo – Size: 4.5cm x 4.5cm (white background)
- Birth Certificate (original) – Must be issued within 1 (one) year. You can request online.
- Marriage Certificate (original) – if applicable, must be issued within 1 (one) year. You can request online.
- Daily Schedule in Japan (Taizai Nitteihyo) – Download: Itinerary Form
- Bank Certificate – Validity is three (3) months from the date of issue.
- Proof of income: Income Tax Return or ITR Form 2316
- Universal Holidays, Inc.
- Discovery Tour, Inc.
- Reli Tours & Travel Agency
- Attic Tours Phils., Inc.
- Friendship Tours AND Resorts Corporation
1. My passport is expiring soon, can I apply for visa?
Best thing to do is to renew your passport before applying for Japan visa. You must renew it 6 months prior the specified expiry date.
2. How much is the visa?
It’s free. Yep, you read that right. Visa is FREE. However, you have to pay the processing fee to your selected agency. In my case, I paid 900 PHP. (Note: Please contact the agency for the updated price)
4. Do I need to present a plane ticket during visa application?
You can but you don’t have to. They won’t even ask for it. It will also be a problem on your end if you get denied after purchasing a ticket.
5. I have a new passport, do I need to submit the old one?
Yes, please do. It will help in the assessment of your application.
6. What if a guarantor from the Philippines will pay for the expenses?
You will need a guarantor letter, proof of your relationship to the guarantor, bank certificate and ITR of the guarantor.
7. Can I ask the agency why I was not granted a visa?
The agency will not disclose anything about it. In fact, they will only inform you when your passport is ready for pick-up but never about the result of application. If denied, you can re-apply after 6 months for the same purpose.
8. How much was my show money? (I got this question from a comment in my Facebook post)
Answer: 70,000 PHP for a 3-day itinerary (Universal Studios, Osaka Castle Park, Dotonbori, Osaka Museum, Shitennoji and others)
After I got my Japan visa, I would like to conclude that maybe there are two things they check on your application. 1. Your intention and 2. Your ability to fund all your needs and expenses throughout your stay in Japan. Well, I’m no expert and I just want to share my experience and knowledge, hoping that it might help you. I only wrote about tourist visa, mainly because it’s something that I had. There are other set of requirements and processes for other types of visa.
That’s it for now! Feel free to share this blog to other people who needs it.