Before You Start Packing For Your Trip To Japan, Read This First!

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Essential tips to secure your visa before you fly to Japan!

Konnichiwa! The Land of the Rising Sun is a popular destination to visit! If you’re from the Philippines and are planning to go, it’s important to know what the Japan visa requirements for Filipino citizens are! Once you’ve got your tourist visa, you’re all set to go and enjoy the food and sights!

 

What are the Japan visa requirements for Filipino citizens?

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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines have stated six required documents for clear guidelines when you need a tourist visa.

1. Philippine Passport

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  • Must have minimum 6 months before expiry date
  • Also must have at least two (2) blank visa pages
  • Important to note that broken passports will not be accepted

2. Duly completed visa application form

  • The application form must be fully completed. It’s available at the Embassy entrance and at any of the accredited travel agencies.
    • If any section is not applicable, N/A is accepted.
  • A signature, date and photo must be on the form

3. Passport-sized photo

  • As with all photos for passports, it should be 2″x 2″ (4.5cm x 4.5cm) with a white background
  • The picture needs to have been taken within the past 6 months
  • The applicant’s name and date of birth should be written behind the photo
  • The photo should be attached to the application form

4. Birth certificate

  • The certificate should be issued within a year from the PSA Main Office or a Serbilis Outlet Centre.
  • If the birth certificate from the PSA is illegbile, the certificate should be submitted with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar
  • If the certificate is a “late registration”, a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137) should be submitted
  • In case there is no record in the PSA, a “Certificate of Non-Record” from the PSA should be submitted with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar

5. Marriage certificate

  • The certificate should be issued within a year from the PSA Main Office or a Serbilis Outlet Centre.
  • In case there is no record in the PSA, a “Certificate of Non-Record” from the PSA should be submitted with a marriage certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar

6. Daily schedule in Japan

  • The itinerary doesn’t need to be overly clustered or complicated
  • But it’s important to use this sample to show what you’ll be doing in Japan during your stay

 

Additional documents

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These are the core Japan visa requirements for Filipino citizens. However, the Japanese Embassy also want to know how you will be paying for your trip and if you can afford to stay there. You’ll need to provide either proof of a sponsor or proof of your own financial capacity to pay for your holiday.

 

Self-funded – Bank certificate

  • The bank certificate needs to be issued within the past 3 months
  • Submit a clear photocopy of your latest Income Tax return (Form 2316)

 

With a sponsor/guarantor

  • A guarantee letter (check out this sample)
  • Submit proof of the relationship between applicant and guarantor
    • If family, PSA issued birth certificate or marriage certificate is acceptable
    • If friends, photos of you two together, as well as screenshots of emails and conversations, are acceptable
  • Submit a clear photocopy of the guarantor’s latest Income Tax return (Form 2316)

And that’s all! The Japan visa requirements for Filipino citizens are quite straightforward and if you submit these, it should be easy sailing to sushi and cherry blossom trees!

 

Follow these Japan visa requirements for Filipino citizens and book your next holiday! Share with any friends who might be planning to go to Japan soon!

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