How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa for Filipinos

How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa for Filipinos

Woohoo! We’re going back to Japan in 2017!

Japanese cuisine is my favorite so visiting this country never gets old for me. I just love everything about it – the food, the culture, the technology, the tradition – it’s all so fascinating. Given a chance, I’d go back to this country every year. And from the looks of it, that may just happen in the next 5 years. Because I was just granted a multiple entry tourist visa! How cool is that?!

I applied for a visa last week hoping to get the same single entry tourist visa I got 2 years ago. I didn’t even apply for multiple entry but to my surprise, they gave it to me anyway. Maybe it’s because I just came from Japan not too long ago? Or I look like Mr. Miyagi in my passport photo? Who knows. Whatever the reason, I’m super stoked because that means I get to visit this delicious country as many times as I want in the next 5 years, and I don’t have to apply for a visa every time! Love it! If you’re a Filipino and looking to visit Japan, then this is what you need to do to apply for a tourist visa.

Step 1: COMPLETE BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Here are the documents you’ll need to file your application.

  1. Philippine passport. Must have at least 6 months remaining validity, a signature, and at least 2 blank pages. Passports with broken lamination on the photo page will NOT be accepted. Remove passport cover (if any).
  2. A completed visa application form. Don’t leave anything blank. Just put N/A if not applicable. The travel agency will advise you of this as well when they review your application. You can download it HERE. Must be printed on A4 paper.
  3. 2″ x 2″ ID picture against white background. Must be pasted on application form.

Please don’t staple together the application form or any other documents. Be sure to remove any staples before submitting. Also, don’t use correction tape or liquid if you make a mistake. Instead, cross out any wrong information with a double line.

Step 2: PROVIDE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Depending on your purpose of travel, these are the additional documents that you’ll need to provide.

A. IF APPLYING AS A TOURIST

If you’re applying as a tourist – ie you’ll be staying at a hotel and not with a friend or relative – then you’ll need to provide the following:

  1. Original PSA-provided birth certificate issued within one (1) year.*
  2. Original PSA-provided marriage certificate issued within one (1) year (if married).*
  3. Schedule of stay. This is your itinerary in Japan, the form for which you can download HERE. If your travel plans aren’t set yet, then just a general outline will do. Here’s an example:

How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

  1. Original bank certificate. Must be issued within the last three (3) months.
  2. Income tax return (ITR Form 2316). They’ll need the original and a photocopy. They’ll keep the photocopy but will return the original on the same day that you file your application. They just need to see it.
  3. Guarantee letter (if applicable). You can download the form HERE.

*If you have a used Japan visa, then you’re exempt from submitting birth and marriage certificates. But you must present your passport containing the used Japan visa.

Though they weren’t required, I provided printouts of my round trip tickets, hotel reservations, and an expired passport with lots of travel stamps as well. Anything to shore up your application will help.

B. IF VISITING A (CLOSE) RELATIVE

This applies to close relatives — parent, child, brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle. Everything else falls under the distant relative category.

  1. Birth Certificates to prove your relationship. Must be issued within one (1) year.
    • Parent/Child – Birth certificates of both applicant (PSA-provided) and relative in Japan
    • Siblings – Birth certificates of both applicant (PSA-provided) and relative in Japan
    • Aunt/Uncle visiting Niece/Nephew – Birth certificates of applicant (PSA-provided), relative in Japan, and parent of relative in Japan
    • Niece/Nephew visiting Aunt/Uncle – Birth certificates of applicant (PSA-provided), parent of applicant, and relative in Japan
  2. Original PSA-provided marriage certificate issued within one (1) year (if married).*
  3. Signed invitation letter from your guarantor explaining why you’ll be visiting Japan. Must be issued within the last three (3) months. You can download the form HERE.
  4. Guarantor’s Residence Certificate (Juminhyo). Must be issued within the last three (3) months.
  5. Guarantor’s Family Certificate (Kosekitohon). Must be issued within the last three (3) months.
  6. Copy of guarantor’s Residence Card from immigration (Zairyu Card) or copy of passport (all used pages).

NOTE: If your guarantor in Japan will shoulder any part of your trip, then you must also submit the following:

  1. Signed guarantee letter (Mimoto Hoshousho). Must be issued within the last three (3) months. You can download the form HERE.
  2. Guarantor’s Income Certificate (Shotoku Shoumeisho), Tax Return Certificate (Nouzei shouzei shoumeisho: Form 2), Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae, or Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shoumeisho). Must be issued within the last three (3) months. Gensen Choushuhyo is not accepted.

NOTE: If you’ll be paying for your entire trip, then you must also submit the following:

  1. Income tax return (ITR Form 2316). They’ll need the original and a photocopy. They’ll keep the photocopy but will return the original on the same day that you file your application. They just need to see it.
  2. Original bank certificate. Must be issued within the last three (3) months.

C. IF VISITING A (DISTANT) RELATIVE OR FRIEND

If you’ll be staying with a friend or distant relative, then you must provide the following:

  1. Original PSA-provided birth certificate issued within one (1) year.*
  2. Original PSA-provided marriage certificate issued within one (1) year (if married).*
  3. Signed invitation letter from your guarantor explaining why you’ll be visiting Japan. Must be issued within the last three (3) months. You can download the form HERE.
  4. Guarantor’s Residence Certificate (Juminhyo). Must be issued within the last three (3) months.
  5. Copy of guarantor’s Residence Card from immigration (Zairyu Card) or copy of passport (all used pages).
  6. Schedule of stay. This is your itinerary in Japan, the form for which you can download HERE. If your travel plans aren’t set yet, then just a general outline will do. Here’s an example:

How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

  1. Any documents or photos that can prove your relationship.

*If you have a used Japan visa, then you’re exempt from submitting birth and marriage certificates. But you must present your passport containing the used Japan visa.

NOTE: If your guarantor in Japan will shoulder any part of your trip, then you must also submit the following:

  1. Signed guarantee letter (Mimoto Hoshousho). Must be issued within the last three (3) months. You can download the form HERE.
  2. Guarantor’s Income Certificate (Shotoku Shoumeisho), Tax Return Certificate (Nouzei shouzei shoumeisho: Form 2), (Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae), or Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shoumeisho). Must be issued within the last three (3) months. Gensen Choushuhyo is not accepted.

NOTE: If you’ll be paying for your entire trip, then you must also submit the following:

  1. Income tax return (ITR Form 2316). They’ll need the original and a photocopy. They’ll keep the photocopy but will return the original on the same day that you file your application. They just need to see it.
  2. Original bank certificate. Must be issued within the last three (3) months.

Step 3: FIND AN ACCREDITED TRAVEL AGENCY

You can’t file your application directly with the Japanese Embassy. It must be coursed through one of their accredited agencies. Though the visa itself is free, please be advised that the travel agency will charge you a processing fee. This varies from agency to agency. I coursed mine through Reli Tours & Travel at their Dusit Thani Hotel office (3rd floor). They charge a processing fee of PHP 950 if you’re applying as a tourist (A), and PHP 2,000 if you’ll be visiting friends or relatives (B and C).

Step 4: PRAY THAT YOUR VISA GETS APPROVED

Once you’ve submitted everything to the travel agency, there’s nothing left for you to do but wait and hope for the best. If they encounter any problems (ie additional requirements), then they’ll let you know. Single entry tourist visas are good for three (3) months from the date of issue so it’s best that you apply as soon as possible in case any issues arise. Multiple entry visas are good for five (5) years.

Processing time normally takes 7-10 days after which you can claim your passport from the agency’s office. They sent me a text advising that my passport was available for pickup 3 business days after I filed. For some reason, they won’t tell you in advance if your visa was approved or not. I guess they just want to add to the suspense? 🙂

Good luck and I hope you get approved!

Disclaimer

I’m not an expert on Japan tourist visas. Like you, I’m just a traveler. I’ll try to help as much as I can but please understand that my knowledge is finite and limited to my experience only. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements listed above were valid at the time of my application. Please be sure to check with the travel agency you’ll be filing with for updates. If you need answers to any pressing issues, then it’s best that you call the embassy or travel agency directly.

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There are 86 comments for this article
  1. JB Macatulad at 9:03 am

    Hi Debbie, yes I believe so. Unless you already have a used Japan tourist visa from a previous trip.

  2. JB Macatulad at 9:09 am

    Hi Ezel, the requirements don’t really specify anything about that so I don’t know how it will affect your application. Kung walang choice then just submit all the requirements and hope for the best. Good luck and I hope you get approved!

  3. monmon at 10:01 pm

    hi JB! would you know the validity of a single entry Japan visa?

  4. JB Macatulad at 7:51 am

    Hi AnnGelli, have you inquired with the Japan embassy in Dubai? Baka mas ok kung diyan ka magapply cause your requirements may be different.

  5. Kaye at 7:43 pm

    Multiple hmmm? haha I see what you did there. 😛 Anyhow, informative blog! So excited to go to Japan by the end of this year!

  6. Shie T. at 6:32 pm

    Hi,

    Just want your opinion if its ok. I will be traveling with my mom and sister to Japan. We already have a SE tourist visa. I have another sister working there. Do we need an invitation letter from her pa, for the ph immigration at the airport? She won’t shoulder our expenses, and we will also be not staying at her place. We will stay at hotels/airbnb.

    From the other forums, they said to just say at immigration if they ask if we have relatives there, that we don’t have relatives there. But I don’t want to lie, as it may lead to more suspicion if caught. So I wanted to know if we really need an invitation letter.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. JB Macatulad at 10:00 am

    Hi Shie, I suggest calling the travel agency you intend to file with and asking them. Personally, I wouldn’t lie. I’d tell them I have relatives there because like you said, they may find out. If the travel agency feels you need to get an invitation letter, then they’ll tell you. Best to call them first before going there and filing your application to save yourself a trip. Hope that helps and good luck.

  8. Shie T. at 2:58 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply. We actually have a tourist visa already. What I’m concerned about is the immigration officer at our airport, if they would need invitation letter when we tell them we have relatives there.. do you think they will ask? 🙂

  9. JB Macatulad at 10:28 pm

    Hi Shie, I don’t know but I’m thinking probably not since you’ve already been issued a visa. But if you’re really worried about it, then maybe you can ask your relatives to write you one just in case.

  10. kelvin at 1:17 am

    Helo po, Pwede po bang makakuha ng 90 days tourist visa ang first timer? kasi sabi ng iba 15 days lang daw ang ibibigay sa pag first time ka, so im not so sure about this.

  11. Joshua David at 11:52 pm

    Hi po.

    Need pa po ba ng “Japan authenticated and notarized affidavit of support-guarantee for traveling Filipinos” for the immigration? I have already provided all the requirement required by the embassy except this. I am inviting my wife for 15 days in Japan. I am a Ph.D. student under MEXT scholarship.

  12. JB Macatulad at 7:20 pm

    I’m sorry Joshua but I don’t know. It’s best you contact the travel agency you intend to file with. Good luck.

  13. jons at 10:54 pm

    Hi jb ask ko lang po if need ko pa ba mag pasa ng coe o kahit hindi na. thanks in advance

  14. JB Macatulad at 10:17 am

    Hi jons, not that I’m aware of. I didn’t have to submit one. You may want to call the travel agency you intend to file with though to be sure. Good luck.

  15. Jey at 12:18 am

    Hi Sir, I have a question. Medyo paranoid na kasi ako coz its been 1 week since me and my spouse applied for tourist visa (no guarantor). Do we need to have an inidividual copy of marriage certificate on both of our applications? 1 for him and 1 for me? We submitted the application at the same time and hindi naman ako hiningan ng 2 copies of marriage certificate sa Reli. I only realized today that I just submitted 1 copy and it’s making me paranoid 🙁 Hope you can answer my question. Thank you

  16. JB Macatulad at 10:19 am

    Hi Jey, if they didn’t ask for it then you probably didn’t need it. Have you followed up with them? Minsan they won’t call you to let you know so you have to follow it up.

  17. Khenlie at 4:06 pm

    Hi,

    I bought a 2 roundtrip ticket for Tokyo yesterday. It’s my first out of the country trip and I’m quite nervous if that will affect my visa application.

  18. Khenlie at 4:08 pm

    Hi,

    I will be travelling to Tokyo this November, but I was kinda paranoid coz it’s our first out of the country trip. Will that affect our visa application?

    thanks

  19. JB Macatulad at 10:10 pm

    Hi Khenlie, as long as you provide all the requirements then you should be fine. The travel agency you file with will advise you should you need anything else. It’s everyone’s first time at one point or another. 😉 Good luck!

  20. Mary Rose COnstantink at 9:30 pm

    Hi po . I have a husband in japan i apply tourist visa with guarantor then why the embassy denied my application form .

  21. JB Macatulad at 9:56 pm

    Sorry to hear that Mary Rose. I’m afraid only the embassy can tell you that. They probably saw red flags in your application.

  22. andrea at 12:30 am

    October 17, 2018 na-received ni Japan Embassy yung application for tourist visa until now (November 12, 2018) wala pa din

    Tatlo kami nag apply – 12 days – paid flight na po MNL to FUK, FUK to OSK, OSK to MNL

    Sa November 27 na sana lipad namen kaso wala pa kami visa

    Lahat naman kami working at may ITR. Yung friend ko na isa at ako may letter of intent pa, yung isa wala sinubmit na letter.

    Bank certificate:

    Me – 180k with 98k ADB
    Friend 1 – 126k
    Friend 2 – 106k

    Travel History:
    Me: HK 3x, Macau, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur), Japan 9days (2018)
    Friend 1 – HK, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur)
    Friend 2 – HK, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur), Japan 9days (2018)

    PS:
    Recently I was granted with Canada Tourist Visa (October 2018) Multiple Entry until my passport expiry

    Ang sad until now wala pa decision samen tatlo

  23. Andrea at 2:07 am

    ^
    I made a follow up, still “under verification” gosh I guess kami na ang may longest wait for Japan Tourist Visa. Ang sad.

  24. Andrea at 10:14 pm

    ^

    Just to update you, wala pa din decision sa November 27 na yung flight namen. Gosh November 18 na

  25. JB & Renée Macatulad at 10:35 am

    Hi Andrea, I suggest physically going to the travel agency and demanding to know what’s going on with your passport and visa application. Masyado nang malapit yung trip mo so I think you have to go there yourself na. Ganun din nangyari sa akin dati. Vague sila over the phone so pinuntahan ko mismo yunga office nila at ayun, nandoon lang pala yung passport ko with approved visa. Be more aggressive. Wala ka nang time. Good luck and I hope you get this resolved soon.

  26. Auie at 7:03 pm

    Hi. My parents and I are planning to apply for multiple entry visa this week. We already have been issued single entry visas before (just last March 2018), traveled to Tokyo last April and we really want to return to Japan (in January, possibly in April too or during autumn and hopefully next year again) since there are still so many places that we want to explore there. However, in my parents case, although both are senior citizens already, my mom is still working while my dad is retired. I’m just worried about the possibility of my dad getting an ME visa. For example, if both my mom and I were granted ME visas, how will my dad apply for a new visa before our next trip?

    Also, I am planning to travel solo sometime next year (maybe during summer). But by that time, I might not be working anymore since I plan to resign and take a vacation for a while. Should I worry getting asked by the IOs about being unemployed and traveling alone? I have been to HK (twice), South Korea, Taiwan and Japan already.

    Thanks.

  27. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:56 am

    Hi Auie, I can’t speak for the embassy but it sounds like you’ll all have a good chance of getting a multiple entry visa since you’ve already traveled to Japan without incident. That’s what happened with me and other people I know. I was given a single entry visa for my first trip then multiple entry when I applied for a second time a couple years later. Hope it all works out!

  28. Kunal Vaidya at 12:11 pm

    Hello,

    I have 4 hotels in my bookings, do I need to put all of them on the visa application form? If yes, there is not enough space for that. Any suggestions?

  29. JB & Renée Macatulad at 12:50 pm

    Hi Kunal, I’m sorry but this post is only applicable to Philippine passport holders applying from the Philippines. I don’t know what the requirements are for India so best for you to consult with your local embassy. Good luck.

  30. Asad Khan at 2:55 am

    I would like to apply for a Japanese tourist visa from Germany. On their official website, they have not mentioned anything related to income tax returns and birth certificate. I am a full-time student in Germany and have more than enough financial means. Do you think documents vary from country to country, I am just curious?

    I applied for the South Korean Tourist visa in Germany. I did not submit any tax return however just travel history to OECD countries like Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

    Any inputs.

  31. JB & Renée Macatulad at 3:46 pm

    Hi Asad, this post is only for Philippine passport holders applying from Manila. I have no idea what the requirements are for other nationalities.

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