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How to Apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines

Update Info on how to apply for japan visa in the philippines

APRIL 30, 2014
Apparently it’s not true about the Visa Free entry of Filipino, Indonesian, and Vietnamese. Here is the Official Statement of the Japan Embassy.

APRIL 16, 2014
Plans are being arranged at the moment for Visa Free travel of 3 South East Asian countries including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.  The plan will hopefully be implemented by June this year. I would love to visit Japan more often because I have a sister who lives in Tokyo.

In the mean time, here is a step by step guide on how to apply for Japan visa in the Philippines.


Japan Visa

I’ve been to Japan twice before, once in 2006 then again in 2008. It means I’ve experienced both the direct application and the new rule of applying through an accredited agency. It used to be completely free to apply for Japan visa, but the agony is that you have to be up so early to fall in line outside the embassy. That was horrible because that time I had incomplete requirement so I had to do it twice!

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Since July 30, 2007, Japan tourist visa application can only be made through an accredited travel agency of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. The travel agency will check your requirements before submitting them on your behalf. This is actually more efficient because it saves a lot of time for both the applicant and the embassy. However, time is money, so while the Japan visa remains free, the travel agencies will be charging processing fee.

 

Tourist and Visiting Relatives Visa

There are probably a million types of visas, but this post (as with all my previous visa application posts) is only going to deal with tourist and visiting relatives visas. Because that’s the extent of my experience. I have a sister living in Tokyo. If you are studying, marrying, attending conference, for medical reasons, or purpose other than tourism or visiting relatives, please go to the official website of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.

Requirements for tourist visa (no guarantor)

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Application form – download
  3. Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm (white background, no border, no hair accessories, paste on application form)
  4. Birth certificate of applicant
  5. Marriage contract, if married
  6. Detailed Itinerary – download
  7. Bank Certificate
  8. ITR

Requirements for visiting relatives visa (with guarantor)

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Application form – download
  3. Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm  (white background, no border, no hair accessories, paste on application form)
  4. Birth certificate of applicant
  5. Marriage contract, if married
  6. Detailed Itinerary – download
  7. Invitation Letter from guarantor in japan – download
  8. Family Registration (Koseki Tohon) (issued within 3 mos)(1)
  9. Residence Certificate (JUMINHYO) (issued within 3 mos)(1)
  10. Residence card (2)
  11. Xerox Copy of all pages of passport (2)
  12. Bank Certificate (if applicant shoulders the expense)
  13. ITR Form 2316 (orig and Xerox copy)
  14. Guarantee Letter (if guarantor shoulders any part) – download
  15. Income Certificate (SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO) from City Hall
  16. Tax return certificate (NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form2) from Tax office
  17. KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO)

Notes on requirement #8,9,10,11
(1) If guarantor is Japanese national. 
(2) If guarantor is non Japanese resident. 

 

Visa validity, processing time, et. al.

The Japanese visa, if granted, is valid for 3 months. If not granted, no reason will be disclosed. Maybe they don’t like your photo, who knows.

The average processing time is one week, if complete requirement (average means more or less, it means not exact). You may be require to submit more document, appear for interview, or whatever pleases their high salaried embassy workers.

The usual granted # of days for tourist is 15 days from date of arrival in Japan. One just cannot over state the obvious.  For visiting relative, visa is allowed up to 90 days. Or so the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Japan website says.

 

The accredited travel agencies

(link to website, branches, fee) who file Application for Japan Visa in the Philippines

  1. Attic Tours Philippines, Inc (Manila & Cebu) – P1680 (same for independent & with guarantor)
  2. Friendship Tours and Resorts Corp (Manila & Cebu) – 1,200 (independent), 2,000 (with guarantor)
  3. Rajah Travel Corp (Manila) – – 1,800 (independent), 2,500 (with guarantor)
  4. Reli Tours and Travel Agency (Manila) 1,200 (independent), 2,000 (with guarantor)
  5. Pan Pacific Travel Corp (Manila & Cebu) – P2000
  6. Discovery Tour, Inc (Manila & Cebu) – P1000

Note that all except Pan Pacific handles all types of visa application. Pan Pacific doesn’t handle applications with guarantor.

 

Why we can’t get 90 days visa?

In the case of one of my sister Girlie (3), she tried applying for 90 days but was denied. Tried again for 40 days with the same result. Needless to say she had complete requirement provided by our sister Pincky (2) who was an expatriate working in Tokyo. So when she applied again, she did as an independent traveler and they called her in to inquire why she didn’t use a guarantor when she has a sister there.

In the end they gave her a visa for 15 days. What a joke, right? We don’t get it. There’s no reason for my sister to not get a visa since we have our own family corporation with her as Board of Director and she had been to Japan twice previously. She has over 20 stamps on that passport including Japan, S.Korea, USA and Canada. They didn’t want to give her visa stay of more than 15 days. So what’s the point really of submitting more requirements than regular application if you get 15 days too?

And our biggest beef is even if they won’t give her the 90 or 40 days, why not just approve it with 15 days validity instead of denying it completely? They obviously know we have family in Japan, therefore it is normal to want to visit. It takes money and time to prepare those requirements even if the visa itself is free. Unless they admit to being ignorant about the costs and troubles that comes with the application, then it is just plain intolerable arrogance.

 

The national of the ff. countries do not require visas to enter Japan for stay up to 90 days.

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., and Uruguay

Notes: Countries highlighted in BOLD are allowed to extend for another 30 days. Brunei national is allow to stay up to 15 days without visa.

 

 

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103 Responses to How to Apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines

  1. mazumi 10/10/2014 at 1:35 am #

    good day i am a filipina and married to a japanese national a few months ago only here in the philippines but he didn’nt want to register our married in the japan city hall or in japanese embassy or in his koseki tohon because of the taxes he was going and needed to pay after we get married the question is even if my husband didnt file or register our married in japan embassy is it possible for me to go to japan even my husband does’nt pay his taxes?
    i hoping for your response ..thanks and may the god bless you always!

  2. kaye 10/05/2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi, im relly planning to go to japan just before this year ends. I just resigned from my previous job, i still have my itr and of course i have my bank cert. I will visit japan with no guarantor though my sis lives there for 10 yrs now, she married a japinoy. My question is do you think i will be grant a 40-90 days visa if i will apply with no guarantor?! I can have my sister as my guarantor however, as per my sis she is not paying any tax in japan since her salary doesnt mean the requirements as tax paying employee. So she’s “zero-tax” so is it still possible for my sis to be my guarantor? Or you cannot be a guarantor if ur not tax payer. Any thoughts plz…

    • zai 10/13/2014 at 7:46 pm #

      you can ask your sister’s husband to be your guarantor..they are already married, so the husband is now your brother in law..that’s what i did and i got my visa..Hope it’ll help you

    • dains 10/13/2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Paano yun ngresigned ka? Baka kasi mgduda sila sau. MAs gusto Nila ung more attached s pinas like ung my work. Ako nga rn e nhhrapan kasi ngresigned nrn ako

  3. Shiela 10/05/2014 at 2:23 am #

    Hello ms.wanderlass gusto ko sanang malamn kong pwd ako mgaply ng visit visa but im already married to a Japanese d ang tagl kc ng process ng papers namn sa cfo kya d ako mkaalis .d b ako mgkakaproblema sa immigration. Thank u hihintayn ko ung sagot mo

  4. john mike cabonce 09/25/2014 at 3:50 pm #

    konnichiwa
    tanong ko lang po kasi may girlfriend ako dito sa japa,tapos tranee lang po kasi ako d2,3 years po kontrata namin at matatapos na po sa nxt year of march,pwd po mag apply bilang visit friend visa kasi siya daw po mag guarantor sa akin,half pinay japanese po xa,,at doon ako titira sa bahay nila,kasi pumayag na ang mga magulang…salamat po

  5. Gladys Mae D. Dela Cruz 09/20/2014 at 9:38 am #

    Hello Good Day!I’m 32yrs.old and I want to travel for the first time in japan,para isurpripse ko po ang asawa ko na don nagtatrabaho :)
    MS.WANDERLASS
    Mag aaply po ako ng tourist visa with no guarantor,address of stay sa application po ang ilalagay ko ay sa hotel,peru ang plan ko po ay dun mag stay sa dorm ng asawa ko.Ang tanong po malalaman pa kaya ng immigration na hindi sa hotel ako tumuloy at sa dorm ng asawa ko ako mag stay para po makatipid!!!
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

    • wanderlass 09/23/2014 at 2:32 pm #

      hindi malalaman pagnakapasok ka na ng bansa. make sure lang na totoong meron kang booking when you apply at baka magcheck.

      • tricksmae 09/25/2014 at 2:28 pm #

        thanx po!how about itr po?wala po kasi aq nun,gov’t employee po brgy.kagawad for 4yrs.di naman po ganun kalaki honorarium ko,panu po b gagawin?but i think i have money to travel in my bank account..thanx po!

  6. vanessa valdez 09/11/2014 at 11:10 pm #

    i am an employed teacher and my dream is to visit japan together with my husband who had worked there for 2 years…may i ask how?wat are d requirements and how much money will it take?thank you and god bless

  7. tortkeeper 09/06/2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi,

    We are in the process of completing our requirements for the visa. We just found out though that I have two registrations with NSO under two completely different names so I’m unable to get the birth certificate that matches my passport and all my ids etc. We are not aware of the first registration which has me carrying the name of my absentee father hence all my life i carried another name and my mom’s surname (I’m proud to say I was raised by a single mom). We’ve consulted a lawyer already, and I will need to have the first registration canceled which takes about a year since it’ll need to thru the courts. Since our trip is in November already, here are the items I plan to submit:

    – passport
    – birth certificate from NSO dated 2011 with receipt (late registered – I was born 1983 and was late registered 1988).
    – school form 137
    – baptismal certificate
    – all govt ids, etc that will show that I did not use any other name in my lifetime .
    – letter explaining the reason behind the NSO issue which will hopefully include a petition already to cancel my first registration
    – ITR
    – COE
    – bank certificates (substantial amount from several banks if needed)
    – Sunlife MF investment
    – Manulife Investment
    – Philamlife Investment
    – property title
    – plane tickets (piso fare, hehe)

    Have traveled to several Asian countries already, HK, Sing, Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Mumbai, Bangkok and Malaysia.

    Any thoughts on the items I plan on submitting? Really worried with the NSO issue, funny enough I can’t seem to find anyone similar to my situation.

    We are traveling as a famjly as well, my mom, sister and GF. It’ my graduation gift to my sister who’s graduating in a couple of weeks.

    Hope someone can help..

    Thank you.

  8. Nadine 08/29/2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I wouldn’t recommend Reli Tours SM Southmall in Las Pinas. The travel agents there – Tess & Marjorie – are masungit and not really helpful. I’m quite particular with customer service, since I work in the industry as well. Perhaps next time I’ll try Reli Tours Dusit. I spoke with one of the agents there – Jeza(?) and she was very helpful on the phone.

  9. andromeda 08/28/2014 at 9:24 pm #

    hi..tanong ko lang po kung need pa rin ng visa even 5days stay lang sa japan

  10. mary kaye dee santos 08/28/2014 at 5:48 am #

    hi wanderlass i would like to ask how the process bcoz my friend have friend in japan and her husband is japanese my friend get my passport medical birthcertificate ITR AND BANK STATEMENT, I want to know po kasi how po ang process kasi lahat po un pinadala sa japan and her friend is a guarantor we’re waiting daw po sa mga papeles na bumalik dito bago daw po mag apply ng visa anu po ba ang proseso at paanu? kasi were plan to work there in a factory is it dangerous and is it possible po ba na madeny ang visa?? it takes almost 3 months na po kasi un mga papel ko sa kanya ang sabi nman ng friend nya sa japan meron lang daw po na papeles na kailangan antayin dun ndi pa daw kasi lumalabas and i dont know what is that hope you can help me thank you

  11. ydal 08/18/2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi! im glad that to see your blog.Anyways what is my chance of getting a visa?I have a Japanese friend and his asking me to go there.his willing to give me an invitation letter and shoulder all the expenses during my stay .And I guess I do have enough funds in my bank as well.I wish to hear from u.TY.^^

  12. cind 07/25/2014 at 12:50 am #

    helo po ..nag apply po ako as an english teacher sa japan just recently and had several skype interviews and luckily they hired me and wanted to work in their school. but i have to arrange all my visa documents. saan po bah ako magsisimula? ano po bang una kong dapat gawim? please help me poh..wla akong idea kng saan ako mag-uumpisa..

    • Laarni Malibiran 10/11/2014 at 6:43 am #

      Hi Cind, would u mind if I ask where u submit ur applications? Thank u :)

  13. wanderlustre 07/23/2014 at 3:39 am #

    I was reading your blog and others an hour before I received a message from Reli tours, asking me to come over and pick up my passport. I was granted a Japanese single-entry tourist visa! yay!!

    I know exactly how the others felt. I thought I didn’t have enough funds. I just have around 11x, xxx in the bank and I’m going to Osaka and Kyoto for 12 days. I thought there was no chance.

    I’ve only been with my current company for a little over a year but I have all the requirements. COE, ITR, leave of absence, round-trip tickets, hostel reservations from hostelbookers, birth certificate, bank certificate and itinerary. I spent a lot of time on the fake itinerary and made sure it will not exceed my budget for sightseeing. I even had a walking itinerary. It has the amount I’m going to spend at each tourist destination like entrance fees and stuff. It’s fake since I won’t be following any of it. I’m going with my boyfriend and we planned to do other things like whitewater rafting, canyoning and hiking since we are both adventurous. But he’s a privileged one for having an Australian passport.

    Prior to this trip, I went to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong. I started going out of the country since March. Then, sort of became a monthly thing. I was making ipon of the stamps. Too bad HK don’t stamp the passports anymore.

    Anyways, I submitted my application last Thursday. the visa was granted on Friday and I received my passport today, Tuesday. To those who are reluctant, if you have all the documents, there’s no reason to get denied. Best of Luck!

  14. lala 07/22/2014 at 4:17 am #

    Hi wanderlass,
    Hope you read this one po.. coz i really need an advice in getting japan visa. I have a cousin in japan married to japanese national, now they’re my guarantor, they will shoulder all the expenses as in lahat wala akong gagastusin. Then employed ako dto kaso hndi naman ako hinuhulugan ng tax ng employer ko even sss, but i have previous job na hinulugan yun. And then were planning to get 3 months visa na pwede iextend pa to another 3 monts to think na employed ako dto. Kase purpose ko dun is to babysit my pamangkin since both parents have work and at the same time magside line din doon for the rest of my stay para khit ppano may maiuwi din ako pagbalik ng pinas and also look for the company na pwede appĺyan directly. I also hav bank accounts kaso nasa 40k lang ĺaman e.

    May chance ba ako na maapprove visa ko?
    Thank you.. sana magreply ka po.

  15. Kenji Sasaki Jr. 07/15/2014 at 8:28 pm #

    hi good eve,

    my name is ken 24years old and i was wondering if you could help me.. ok here it is.. back when i was 17 me and my brother flew to japan, my mother as a guarantor and got a 1 year family visa. we meet our father i dnt know if he was happy to see us or not heheheh. (not married). so after a month my brother flew back home here in the Philippines, i stayed (FOR FUN).. and fell in love with the place, so i planned on staying and maybe study and have a life, but then when my mother came back to visit philippines she never came back.. she said its a visa problem.. now here’s my problem i want to go back to japan again, and im starting from 0, i mean no guarantor, but i do have the funds heheheh, so what will i do where should i go 1st?..

    i do hope for your reply thank you

    • kaye 10/05/2014 at 2:03 pm #

      If u r a dual citizen then u just hav to choose one citizenship. As per reading ut name u are a japinoy right?! So no need to get visa if u wil choose to be a japanese citizen… just a thought!

  16. takz 06/26/2014 at 3:52 pm #

    my father is a japanese nasa japan po sya ngayon at nasa hospital may sakit po sya sa puso may passport na po ako need q po makakuha ng visa para mapuntahan sya dun at malaman anu na po kalagayan nya anu po kaya kelangan q po na requirments?…salamat

    • sakura0816 08/07/2014 at 9:54 am #

      Hello, Takz.
      japanese filipino here! kung japanese ang father mo bakit need mo ng visa? you should be a citizen and get a jap passport! its our privilege.

      • darwin mizuno 08/22/2014 at 4:15 pm #

        hi po may tanong lang po sana ako. posible po ba maging japanese citizen,pinanganak po ksi ako bgo sila kinasal ng nanay ko. patay n po ksi papa ko kaya dina naiayos. sana po matulongan nyo po ako. salamat

  17. bebot 06/19/2014 at 1:58 pm #

    good day! :)

    nakakatuwa at nakita ko ang info na ‘to…

    i’m 37 years and want to travel for the first time.

    japan ang napili kong puntahan…

    nabasa ko na lahat ng application dito sa google search

    Ms. WANDERLASS

    i don’t have ITR because i don’t have any bussiness

    but i think i have money to travel in my bank account.

    please give some help of advice…

    • wanderlass 06/20/2014 at 3:49 pm #

      ITR is part of the requirement, but they have been relaxed lately so maybe they will approve without it basta you have sufficient fund in the bank. confirm with the travel agency, they would have better suggestions.

      • Nathan Gordzz 07/10/2014 at 4:40 pm #

        Hello po, I just wanna ask. First time ko din po kasing mag aapply for tourist visa (visiting relatives). 20 years old po ako pero wala po akong trabaho sa ngayon. Ang ate ko po or ang asawa nyang Japanese ang magiging guarantor. Tanong ko lang po, being jobless, at ate ko ang sasagot sa expenses ko, mataas po ba ang chance of denial? Thank you

    • tricksmae 09/30/2014 at 12:15 pm #

      hello kumusta po natuloy po ba kau sa japan?kumusta po ang apply nyo sa tourist visa without ITR?naaprove po ba?thanx po!

  18. Jv 06/18/2014 at 10:46 am #

    Hi i want to visit japan maybe this august , is it possible to have my vacation and apply for a job at the same time while staying there?

  19. Johnny23 06/15/2014 at 2:32 am #

    Hi. It will be my first time to apply for a Japan visa. Can I just bring a certified true copy of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar instead of NSO-issued, since I do not have an NSO-issued certificate now but I already had certificate from Local Civil Registry. Thanks!

    • wanderlass 06/15/2014 at 10:18 am #

      I would say you need to call to request. It takes 3 days. Or you can call one of the agency and ask. They’re the one deciding if your application is complete.

  20. mabelle 06/14/2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Tanong ko lng po nag aply po ako ng visiting relatives visa last month pero nadenied po ako,ngayon po may offer sa akin n working visa sa japan as band vocalist pwede ko po bang ituloy ito kahit kakadenied ko lng as visit relatives visa?

    • wanderlass 06/18/2014 at 5:52 pm #

      If you have valid work visa there is no reason to deny you, in my opinion.

  21. Vince 06/11/2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi, wanderlass! How about this article of PhilStar, do you think it’s true? It’s very confusing. http://www.philstar.com/bansa/2014/05/09/1313847/visa-free-sa-pinoy-aprub-na-sa-japan

    • wanderlass 06/15/2014 at 10:19 am #

      the Jp embassy denied this

      • Vince 06/16/2014 at 7:42 am #

        Oh! I see. Thank you.

  22. ivan 06/09/2014 at 1:46 am #

    Hello po..

    Thank you for the article..very nice..

    I am an indonesian..I plan to spend my vacation with my wife in japan by august or september..

    Me and my wife are working here in manila.

    Is it possible for us to applying japan tourist visa ??
    Is there any other requirements we have to prepare ? And can you give us any hint or advise to make the process for applying the tourist visa going smoothly..

    Thank you po.

    • wanderlass 06/09/2014 at 8:49 am #

      if you are legally working in Manila with valid work permit, then you may apply in Manila. You just need to add work permit in you list of requirements.

  23. Jackie Acosta 05/31/2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass! I have booked a flight on 29 Sept – 6 Oct 2014 for Japan for my son (14y.o) and myself. I am an OFW in Bahrain (frequent traveller to UK, GCC, Asia). I can apply for a tourist visa while in Bahrain without any problems. My concern is for my 14y.o. son’s visa for Japan. Obviously I will go home to Manila first prior to our scheduled Japan trip. I have read a lot of blogs about visa for Japan but I have not read about applying for a minor. Hope you can help, thanks in advance.

    • wanderlass 06/09/2014 at 9:10 am #

      Additional requirement for minors are financial papers of guardian and proof of relation (mother birth certificate). call one of the agencies, they will be better in giving info.

  24. Ren 05/09/2014 at 3:44 am #

    Hi! My sister and I are planning to go to Japan. I have a cousin in Japan (we’re not particularly close) but will not be visiting him. Do you think the embassy would grant me and my sister a tourist visa? Or will we have to deal with being denied a visa because of it? any advice we could take when we apply for visa? hope you’ll reply. thank you in advance :)

    • wanderlass 06/09/2014 at 9:12 am #

      If this is first time application, don’t have to mention cousin, and you’ll be fine. In our case kasi, we have record of previous application using my sister as guarantor.

  25. kriss 05/07/2014 at 5:48 pm #

    hi! just want to ask. i have a multiple entry visa in cambodia and as of now im still here working. i want to travel to japan for a tour w/ my gf w/ the same situation like mine. we have bank accounts here. what i want to know is. is it ok that i still have a valid visa for my stay here in cambodia and apply for japan tourist visa w/o guarantor? i have my relatives in japan but it was not my intention to visit them. would it be a plus points for my chance getting approved or not? and by the way, after our supposed to be japan tour, we will return here in cambodia because we still have our contract. please help to advise…. thanks in advance :)

  26. neng 05/03/2014 at 12:00 am #

    Hi, ask ko Lang po. Yung guarantor ko is Japanese Pero hes out of the country in one week before I arrived. Tanong ko po is tatawag ba ang embassy sa guarantor ko? But hes not in Japan during my application

  27. Jover U. Baril 04/23/2014 at 7:04 am #

    Hello po..ask lang po kung ano po ibig sabihin ng multiple entry visa to Japan.?

    • wanderlass 04/23/2014 at 11:23 pm #

      it means you can go back to japan multiple times with the same visa. usually kasi single entry lang.

      • sj 04/28/2014 at 2:26 pm #

        hi po, im 19y,o po.. possible po kaya na makakuha aq ng visa if ilalagay kong guarantor ay yung tita q na asawang hapon? Visiting relatives po sana kht 3months lang. Pls reply po..tnx

      • myla 04/30/2014 at 2:27 pm #

        Hello po can i ask a question. Kasi po nag booked kami sa cebu pacific alis po namin is august 12-24, 2014 promo po kasi yung nakuha namin and 4 person po kami. The question is kelangan pa po ba namin kumuha ng tourist visa? 13days po kami dun.. kasi sabi by june free visa na daw po. 1st time kasi namin kaya po hindi namin alam kung ano process sa japan ng mga kelngan. Pag kumuha rin po ba ng tourist visa mga ilan days po un bago maaprroved? Salamat po for response.

  28. Sarah B. 03/27/2014 at 10:36 am #

    Hello I would like to ask, nag apply ako for tourist visa with no guarantor but I have relatives in Japan. I’m planning to stay sa place nila pero ang nilagay kong address of stay sa application form is hotel kasi nga i have no guarantor at tourist visa ang inapply ko. Magkakaproblem ba ko sa immigration if I put my relative’s address kahit na tourist visa ako? Thanks!

  29. Hans Fabros 02/28/2014 at 4:30 am #

    Hello! I’d apply for a visa with my sister. Thing is, I’d apply with my sister who is still a student with neither bank account nor ITR. Would mine be enough? And if yes, does she have to indicate somewhere that I will be sponsoring her trip? Thank you so much! :)

  30. Bavariane 02/26/2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi,

    Thanks for this very helpful blog topic. Just want to ask, its my first time to apply for a visa without a guarantor(Last time we had an agency). I am set to tour with my family on April and I am the one in charge of basically everything. I am completing the form “Schedule of Stay” now and would like to ask, what do I put in the “contact” column since we don’t have a guarantor? Would it be the hotel number or our cellphone number?

    Thank you in advance and hope to get a reply soon. :)

    • Bavariane 02/26/2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Also my mom is a housewife. All she can show is her other visas and Bank Certificate would that be enough? Thanks!

  31. Rio Lynda Negara 02/23/2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi! I wonder if its ok to use stapler/staple wire on the docs? Will they return all the docs right after? Is there an interview on the time of submission? Hope to hear from u! Im gonna submit mine on the 10th of march! :-)

  32. rosemary 02/22/2014 at 3:14 am #

    hi!pwede ba akong magask?im from germany pero philippines passport parin,gusto ko pumunta sa tita ko sa japan,tinawagan ko na ang japan embassy dito yung requirements kumpleto na ako dito kasi ako naman lahat gagastos…ang tanging hinihingi sa akin is Invitaion Letter at daily schedule…my ask is saan pwede kumuha ang tita ko nun?kailangan pa ba siyang pumunta sa immigration doon sa japan para sabihin na kailangan nya ng invitation letter at daily schedule para sa pamangkin nya?or pwede naman siyang magdownload at sulatan nya yun with her signature!nalilito kasi siya kong ano gagawin,ako naman kinakabahan kasi april 9 na ang alis ko…

  33. Rika 02/16/2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi… Ask ko lang po… Husband ko nasa japan as a permanent visa and gusto ng husband ko sa japan na pag aralin dalawang anak namin. Pero pano po??? Ano po ba mga kailangan? Gusto ng asawa ko sa japan na kami. Thank you

  34. kaz 02/04/2014 at 11:11 pm #

    hi!! me and my son is planning to go to japan and visit relatives (no guarantor) how much kaya ang kailangan na money sa bank (to get approve) thanks

  35. ram 01/07/2014 at 12:01 pm #

    hi, we’re planning to go to japan this april and i do have a problem with the bank certificate.
    i am a minor and the bank i’ve been using is my mother’s. is there any substitute for this requirement as my parents are based overseas.

    • ram 01/07/2014 at 12:13 pm #

      bank account*

    • wanderlass 01/07/2014 at 4:54 pm #

      IF your parents are sponsoring you, you give your parents’ financial papers. If someone else, then their papers. If yours, then show proof of financial capability. Basta you have to show them proof that you have money to travel to their country.

  36. Mae 01/06/2014 at 8:47 am #

    Hi! I would just like to ask pano kung unemployed ako ngayon, pero ung last work ko ay sa singapore, kailangan ko ba magsubmit ng itr? Tsaka pano rin kung nagpurchase ako ng vouchers for trip to japan with tour pero wala pa flights kasi wala pa ko visa, iaattach ko rin ba ung vouchers sa mga documents na issubmit ko? Thanks

  37. Nik 11/16/2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Hello! Thank you for the info, they’re very helpful ^^
    But I was wondering, if I’m a minor and I’m going to stay on a friend’s house but I shoulder all of my expenses, will that friend still be considered as a guarantor?
    Thank you!

    • wanderlass 11/17/2013 at 3:19 pm #

      if you don’t have hotel reservations, you will need a guarantor paper. My advice is to not mention about your friend and make hotel bookings. Hotel reservations are cancellable.

  38. jon 10/21/2013 at 12:19 am #

    Hello! Just wanna ask a question, My auntie wants me to visit them in japan in November, She’s an american citizen who works/lives in japan for 11 years together with her children and husband. I’m 20 years old. is there any chance na ma approved ang visa ko? she’s my guarantor. I look forward to your response.

    Jon

    • asianflip 10/29/2013 at 11:09 pm #

      My brother got his visa with the help of his filipino friend as a guarantor for his trip a year ago

  39. asianflip 10/11/2013 at 4:35 am #

    I have/had US visa schengen visa and canadian visa Now im a bit scared I passed my application yesterday for my japanese tourist visa but my trip will be on january… isnt it too early???

    • asianflip 10/16/2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Btw thanks for this blog I got my schengen 2ce

      • wanderlass 10/17/2013 at 10:07 pm #

        cheers!

        • asianflip 10/18/2013 at 5:45 am #

          Got my japan visa today thanks

          • wanderlass 10/18/2013 at 8:06 pm #

            yay! single entry? uso na ang multiple entry. My sister finally got hers.

        • asianflip 10/19/2013 at 7:58 am #

          they gave me double entry! japan will be my 11th country! and tokyo will be my 45th city!!! and i am so hyped!! and seriously, im so thankful with your blog it helped me a lot and you inspire me with your travels.. keep posting more adventures!

  40. eya 08/09/2013 at 10:15 pm #

    How manu days po ma i rerelease ang visiting relatives visa ? kelangan na po kse yun until october 28.. ee wala pa kameng napapasang requirements until now.. aabot pa kaya yun? kung wala po. may express way po ba? thank you.

  41. Myheart 07/30/2013 at 9:14 pm #

    yah let’s stamp all the applications denied lol… im a filipina, resident here in japan… We own few companies… A huge Tax payer… i invited my staffs in phils, guaranttor and docs are completed we pay billion peso every year for damn Tax! Was surprised y they were denied! I tried to spoke to ministry of foriegn affairs..all i got was ” We couldn’t answer your question” So freakin annoying!

  42. John 07/22/2013 at 8:46 am #

    well, sometimes it is very difficult to understand the mind of a consul. They could be generous with the visa, and other times, they could deny your application outright. A well-travelled applicant can be denied visa while a first-timer can be issued his visa. Who knows what a consul is thinking?

  43. Merry 06/25/2013 at 9:41 am #

    Hi! This is very informative and helpful but i still need help. I dont have a bank account yet so i’d like to know what kind of bank account i should open to get a bank cert. thank you!

  44. prettyme 06/22/2013 at 3:36 am #

    hi hansee what happen to your son and your wife visa? are they granted? thanks

  45. elsie 05/05/2013 at 11:15 am #

    so its better to apply independent than with guarantor…..how much money required for bank certification and do I need to talk japanese in case of interview… my mother is in japan but they do not pau tax any suggestion?????

  46. Angela dela Cruz 03/26/2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi! I just want to thank you for this informative blog post! :) I was totally clueless regarding the application process and requirements for a tourist visa, especially because I’m still a student, still financially dependent on my parents. :) I passed my requirements last Friday, March 22 and today, the travel agency told me that I was granted a visa valid until June. :) yay! Congratulations on your blog :)

    • wanderlass 03/26/2013 at 11:47 pm #

      Congratulations! Glad to be of help. Bon voyage.

    • Yuen 03/12/2014 at 6:46 pm #

      san ka po agency nag apply? 3 months?

    • GCLabo 03/29/2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Hello! :D

      I just would like to ask if kasama mo ang parents mo sa iyong trip to Japan. If not, may I just know what you submitted as proofs for financial status (eg. ITR, bank certificates, etc). Thank you so much. :)

  47. Hansee 03/09/2013 at 1:46 am #

    Applied for my son and wife’s visa. They are Phil. nationals and I am foreigner with Permanent Resident status of Japan and here in Phil as TRV.
    Submitted the following docs:

    Passports, Forms, Photos
    Birth certificates of both, marriage contract

    Invitation letter from a Japanese friend
    Additional Invitation letter from my side
    Guarantee letter from Japanese friend
    Additional Guarantee letter from my side as husband and PR holder of Japan
    Income Cert and Tax docs of Japanese guarantor
    Juminhyo of Japanese guarantor
    Copy of my Japan resident card
    Copy of my Passport with entry-exit stamps Phil/Japan
    Copy of my Phil ACR-I card
    My bank certificate from BDO worth 550k
    (Because I am in the Phil presently, so I was unable to get my Juminhyo from City hall in Japan as well as my Japanese bank certificate, that’s why I used guarantee as well as invitation of my friend)

    More docs:
    OR&CR of 1 car and 1 dump truck registered on my wife name (visa applicant)
    Contract of lease of our residential apartment (my wife’s name)
    Court order/judgment valued Php 820k in favor of my wife (one of her case for sum of money/estafa/bp-22). 27k installment for every month until 2015.

    additional documents to prove my friendship with Japanese guarantor:
    6 months telephone calling record to prove relation between me and Japanese friend. (Approximately 6 hrs calling per month)
    Print outs of e-mails between me and Japanese guarantor
    My Japanese cellular phone bill as well as credit card (Japanese) bill indicating the business address of Japanese guarantor (which I always use during my absence from japan for up to date payments)

    I filed through Reli tours Dusit thani office. Today was 8th working day in the embassy. But no news yet. Actually this application fall under the category of visiting relative (Because I am the husband and Permanent Resident of Japan). I am badly waiting and don’t know how long it will take. Now I am advised by the agency to follow up on Monday.

  48. mars 02/25/2013 at 6:53 pm #

    May tatanong lang po sana ko. Pano po kung yung katulad kong medical student na gusto pumunta ng japan para i-surprise yung special someone, pero walang bank certificate at ITR, maaaccept po ba yung visa application ko?

    • GCLabo 03/29/2014 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi! :D
      I am a medical student also. Pwede ko bang itanong if natuloy ang application mo for the Japanese visa? If so, anong nangyari? Salamat. :D

  49. ronniegatsby 01/22/2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Funny I stumble on this… I have exactly 10 calendar days/8working days to obtain my Japan visa. Should be enough no?

    • wanderlass 01/22/2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Should be enough but have to tell your agent. The problem is if they didn’t realize and thought they could put it off another day or 2. You travel too much!

  50. Cyrill Jane Simbulan Tongol 01/12/2013 at 1:56 am #

    O.m.g …im applying visa no guarantor…i just want to surprise visit my bf and friends there..tourists can stay only 15 days!?ahhhh…..

  51. japinoy 01/11/2013 at 5:58 pm #

    wow. denied visa means arrogance? maybe they have reason to suspect your sister will end up a prostitute in their country. she’s been denied to enter another country, that’s it. it happens to everybody. what’s the point complaining?

    • wanderlass 01/11/2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Why I cannot complain? It’s my blog after all. I can write whatever I want.

      In the end she was given 15 days visa, therefore they didn’t think she was gonna prostitute herself.

      New Flash: Not everyone gets denied visa.

      • Adrian Gonzales 01/22/2013 at 1:06 pm #

        Their visa , their rules… :(

  52. Adrian Gonzales 01/05/2013 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks so much for this! :) I have a question though. I am an employee who are paid in minimum, therefore I don’t have taxes. I don’t even have a TIN number, so I guess I don’t have ITR too. Would that be okay? I have bank deposit though. And I have a guarantor who is a Japanese national. Thanks in advance!

  53. Agness (@Agnesstramp) 10/16/2012 at 8:26 pm #

    There are many foreign teachers from Philippines in my school in Cambodia. I will spread the word out there :-).

  54. Kat Torres 10/01/2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Sometimes you gotta wonder if they just use draw lots to grant/deny visas.

    • wanderlass 10/01/2012 at 9:15 pm #

      True. It’s like, oh mf@#$, I have a really bad headache today, let’s stamp all applications [denied]. hehe

  55. Joy 10/01/2012 at 12:51 pm #

    cool, Jeff and I will definitely use this very soon ! :)

    • wanderlass 10/01/2012 at 1:07 pm #

      honeymoon in japan! when? i propose in april para hanabi season.

  56. Albin 10/01/2012 at 11:46 am #

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFO!

  57. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 09/29/2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Wow this info will definitely help a lot of people! :)

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