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2023 Japan Visa Guide for Filipinos

Updated: May 25

Important Updates:

  • September 27 : Effective on October 11, Japan welcomes visitors who are fully vaccinated with a booster shot, from all WHO-approved vaccine brands. Visitors without vaccines or have invalid vaccine records are required to take a pre-flight COVID test.

  • October 4 : Starting October 11, ERFS visas are no longer required to enter and visit Japan. Multiple-entry visas issued pre-pandemic are now valid again.

  • April 12: Entrants are no longer required to submit proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result starting May 8.

Quick Facts:

Processing Period:

  • 10 - 15 working days

Visa Processing Fee:

  • Through International Journeys:

  • PHP 1,000 for Single-entry visa

  • PHP 1,500 for Multiple-entry visa

For Chinese Passport Holders:

  • Add your Alien Certificate of Registration

  • Visa Processing Fee is PHP 4,200

Document Requirements

All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

1. Japan Visa Application Form

  • Forms must be type-written and hand-signed

  • Forms must be printed on A4 size paper

  • All areas that have no answer or is not applicable, please put "N/A" in the space. The embassy will not accept forms with blanks

  • For Multiple-entry Visa,

  • Fill out Multiple-entry Request Form, check items that apply, and fill in reason for request

2. One (1) piece of Passport-size colored picture with white background

  • Taken within the last 6 months

  • Write applicant's name and birthdate at the back side of the pictures

  • No eyeglasses, headbands, caps, etc.

3. Original Philippine Passport

  • Valid for at least 6 months prior to departure date

  • Broken passport is not accepted

  • Must be signed and have at least two (2) blank visa pages

4. Day to Day Itinerary in Japan

5. Original PSA Birth Certificate

  • Valid within one (1) year of issuance

  • If late registered, kindly insert Original Baptismal Certificate and Form 137 from School

  • No need if with used Japan visa already

  • Required if traveling as family to prove relationship

6. Original PSA Marriage Certificate, if married

  • Valid within one (1) year of issuance

  • One certificate per couple applying together

  • No need if with used Japan visa already

  • Required if traveling as family to prove relationship

7. Authorization Letter for each applicant

  • Print and fill in Date, Name and Signature, Passport Number, and Contact Number only


8. Original Certificate of Employment

  • Including applicant's positions, date hired, compensation, office address, company header, and HR landline and e-mail address

9. Original Bank Certificate

  • Validity is three (3) months from date of issue

  • Indicating the account type, balance, account opening date, and Average Daily Balance

10. Original or Certified True Copy of Bank Statement for the last 3 months

11. Income Tax Return (photocopy) or Form 2316

  • Should contain the signature of employers





Where To Submit?

Visa Receiving Office

International Journeys Visa Office

Z Square Mall, 886 Banawe Street, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Numbers:

Visa Officer - Keildy: 0917 622 5254

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How much is the Japan Visa processing fee?

  • PHP 1,000 for Single-entry visa

  • PHP 1,500 for Multiple-entry visa

How do I pay for my visa application?

Pay in our office or deposit to any of the following:

Account name: International Journeys Inc.

BDO: 00290-004-8598

Security Bank: 0686-0288-09001

Send copy of deposit slip to for us to verify your payment.

How do I claim my passport?

You can pick-up your passport in our office or have it sent back via courier or any real-time delivery service. Check with our Visa Officer if your passport is ready for pick-up.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How soon should I apply for Japan visa?

We encourage you to apply within 3 months before your trip.

Can I appeal if my visa is denied?

The Japan Embassy does not accept appeal for refused visa.

When can I re-apply if my visa is denied?

You may re-apply after 6 months from the date of denial.

Important reminders before you submit your application

  • Attach a letter of explanation for documents that cannot be submitted.

  • Family should apply at the same time and provide proof of relationship: These must be original PSA documents.

  • Apply for visa prior to purchasing your airline tickets and travel services since visa issuance is subject for approval of the consul in charge.

  • Applying through a designated travel agent does not guarantee the issuance of visa.

  • Inform your HR Officer/Contractor/Bank that someone will call or email from the Japan Embassy to validate the documents you provided.


Useful Links & Downloadable Forms

Japan Visa Application Form

Multiple-Entry Visa Request Form

Day to Day Itinerary Form

Guarantee Letter

Authorization Letter

Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Official Announcements

International Journeys summarized the above Japan visa application guide and no part may be copied or reproduced without prior written consent.

Visa Conditions:

  • Visa approval is not guaranteed and is still under the final discretion of the consul.

  • Processing time indicated is based on average application time. It is not guaranteed and may be delayed if additional documents are required by the embassy.

  • Do not purchase your tickets before your visas are issued and approved. International Journeys will not be liable for any unused travel products in the case of visa denial or if the release of visa has been delayed.

  • International Journeys will not accept visa application with departure date scheduled within 3 weeks from the date of submission.

  • Any request for early release and pulling out/cancellation of application is not permitted once the documents are submitted to the Japan Embassy.


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