What’s one of the most agonizing moments pre-travel? For us, it’s waiting for your Travel Visa to be approved. We applied for a Visa to China once and got approved and Edcel has applied for a US Tourist Visa last year and got denied.
We recently applied for a Japan Tourist Visa and have read through a number of horrors stories of a number of people’s application getting denied. After 5 days of waiting, we were ecstatic as our Japan Tourist Visa got approved.
Japan is actually more lax now in issuing Tourist Visas for Filipinos. as hear-says go they need to increase the number of tourists for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics. It is easy as 1, 2, 3 provided that you submitted all the documents required by the Japanese Embassy.
So here it is, sharing you tips and requirements for the first time applicants in applying Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines.
There are a number of types of Visas for Japan, but this post is particularly for applying a Tourist Visa without a Sponsor/Guarantor as this is what we applied/experienced for. If you are looking for other types of Visas, you can directly visit the official website of Japan Embassy in the Philippines.
I’ve read some articles that before, Japan Visa processing is free, however, you really need to be up early and line outside the embassy located in Manila — quite a hassle and time consuming.
Since July 30, 2007, Japan Tourist Visa application NO longer accepts walk-in visa applicants. It can only be processed through an accredited travel agency of The Japan Embassy in the Philippines. The travel agency will cross-check your documents before submitting it to the embassy and of course, will charge you an extra fee.
Requirements for a Japan Tourist Visa (without sponsor/guarantor)
- 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
Helpful tip 1: Since this application is for ‘no guarantor/sponsor’, then it would be much better if you could also submit a Certificate of Employment (COE), booked plane tickets and accommodation.
Helpful tip 2: If you are a freelancer and you can’t obtain an ITR, you can simply write a Letter of Explanation and addressed to the Consulate-General of Japan.
Helpful tip 3: We’re not sure as to what the minimum amount you should have on your Bank Certificate because the travel agency nor the Japan Embassy never disclosed this information. Just make sure your bank account is opened for at least 6 months from the date you applied for a visa. The lowest amount we had on one of our bank certificate was roughly around 43,000PHP.
Below are the list of accredited travel agencies who can help you process your visa.
- Attic Tours Philippines, Inc
- Friendship Tours and Resorts Corp
- Rajah Travel Corp
- Reli Tours and Travel Agency
- Pan Pacific Travel Corp
- Discovery Tour, Inc
Once you have submitted all required documents to your chosen travel agency, it will take 5-7 working days to process the visa. The agency will give you either a call or text if your passport is ready for pickup.
For denied applicants, you can re-apply after 6 months.
We chose Friendship Tours and Resorts Corp (Oakridge Business Park in Banilad) to process our tourist visa application because of positive feedback we got from our friends and also due to proximity.
So since our Visas have been approved, it is safe to say, Japan, we’re finally coming for you!
Belen agustin says
Paano ung katulad nmin na senior na itatravel lng kmi ng anak nmin sa japan na siya ang gagastos ano ang kailangan naming isubmit
Yung anak niyo po ba nag wowork sa Japan? If yes, then secure a letter of invitation (you can get this from the accredited agencies) & bank certificate nang anak mo.
You can also contact the agency of your choice from the list to confirm this information.
You’re so lucky for having your tourist visas got approved. My friends and I were planning to travel to Japan someday next year, but these requirements is doubting me. Anyways, enjoy your trip! 🙂
Which of the requirements would you have trouble securing?
wow I declare na pag aq nag apply dn na kasama si 2 years old na baby q e approved agad.
Salamat sa info. Pila d.i ang bayad sa Visa?
1,200 PHP sir.
Do you have “Letter of Explanation” sample? I intend to travel Japan with my senior citizen parents. They do not have ITR, retired a decade ago. I am an OFW and will apply to the country where I am working at but my parents and child will apply in Manila. Appreciate your reply, thank you.
I will try to dig up our documents. Do you have an email address where we can send the sample to? 🙂
Hi, can you also send me a sample?
Can you also send me a sample? I am planning to travel with my senior citizen parents and they do not have an ITR.
JANICE GAY FRONDA says
CAN YOU ALSO SEND ME THE SAMPLE? WE ARE APPLYING FOR THE VISA AND MY HUSBAND NEEDS ONE.. MANY THANKS
Hi! Can you send me also a sample? I am also a travelling with my senior citizen parents. Appreciate your reply. Here’s my email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Summer, whats the process for obtaining visa’s for senior citiziens? I’m planning to go to Japan this november kasi and same with you, dito ako sa ibang bansa mag apply ng visa then lola ko sa manila.
hi there, may I ask if you submitted an explanation letter as regards the absence of signature in the passport of your child?
Hi. There is no need for such. 🙂
Mark Lucabertd says
I want to go to japan i have my business but only barangay permit i stkll dont have BIR only next year im going to apply BIR coz oct 2014 to 2016 our business is on and off only last august of this year my business got stable. What wil, i do to get a tourist visa in japan