Travel | How To Apply for Japan Visa For Philippine Passport Holder

By huayyu - 11/03/2017

Japan Visa For Philippine Passport Holder

I have never dreamed of going to Japan since I always hear that they are very strict in approving visas.  Until there was one year when most of my friends' Facebook feed is full of pictures about their trip to Japan.  They said that the Japanese Embassy is promoting their tourism that is why it is now much easier to get approved visas.

For Japanese Visa, all have to go through accredited travel agencies.  There are many travel agencies to choose from (UHI, Discovery Tour, Rajah Travel, Reli Tours, Attic Tours, Friendship Tours, and Pan Pacific Travel).  For more details, you may visit the official website of the Japanese Embassy.

Disclaimer: As usual, I don't guarantee if you will be approved.  I am merely sharing my experience with you.

For our first time Japanese Visa, we chose to go to Pan Pacific Travel.  We chose this agency because this is a well-known agency and my cousins have also used their services for a Japanese Visa as well.  It costs around Php1,000 per person (rates are subject to change).
Requirements for Japan Visa:
1. Philippine Passport
    - Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages. 

2. Visa Application Form 
    - Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies. 

    - Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If an item is not applicable, please fill in [N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank items, no signature or no date in the form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.
    - You may get print the application here or you may get it directly at the agency for the updated form.

     Sample Application Form

Japan Visa For Philippine Passport Holder Application Form

Japan Visa For Philippine Passport Holder Application Form
3. Photo
    - Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background.
    - Photo must be taken within 6 months.
    - Please write the applicant’s name and birthdate on the back side of the photo.
    - Photo must be pasted on the application form.  Photos that have been stapled to the application forms WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

      1. Photo is too small. 
      2. Photo is too large. 
      3. Photo is not centered. 
      4. Do not wear sunglasses. 
      5. Background is not white. 
      6. Do not wear headbands, caps, etc. 
      7. Photos containing shadows or shading are not acceptable. 
      8. Background is not plain (free of objects, designs, and shading). 
      9. Eyeglasses must not reflect light or otherwise obscure facial features. 
      10. Facial expressions in photos must be general expressions (not exaggerated). 
      11. Hair must not obscure facial features.

4. Birth Certificate (NSO)
    - IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).
    - If the birth certificate from Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) is unreadable or has incomplete information, please submit the birth certificate issued by PSA together with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.
    - If the birth certificate is “late registration”, please submit in addition, a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137) from high school or elementary and School Yearbook (if possible).
    - If there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

5. Marriage Certificate (if married)
    - IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).
    - In case there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with the Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

6. Daily schedule in Japan
    - You may get the template here.
    - For Airbnb accommodation, just ask for the Airbnb owner their complete name.  You may get the contact number at the app when you try calling them.   NOTE:  Make sure to write COMPLETE when asking for their name and not the full name.  I tried to ask for the full name but I didn't receive any reply but when I asked for a complete name, I immediately received a reply.

7. Bank Certificate
    - Validity of Bank Certificate is three (3) month from the date of issue.

8. Applicant’s Income Tax Return (Form 2316) clear Photocopy (latest)

9. Certificate of Employment (optional)
    - This is optional but I highly suggest that you also submit this so that you could prove strong ties with the Philippines.  They would know that you have a job to come back to.

- Size of the document for application should be A4 size only. If document is another size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meets the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).

Pan Pacific Travel

ADDRESS: 353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +63 2 243-6666 
FAX NUMBER: +63 2 243-3666

ADDRESS: G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
TELEPHONE NUMBERS: +63 2 523-1990 / 526-6427 
FAX NUMBER: +63 2 338-351
In case you are wondering, I was approved for a single entry.  I would love to know your experiences in applying for a Japan Visa (comment below).

Pan Pacific Travel Website
Japan Embassy Website
Japan Visa For Philippine Passport Holder

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  1. Anonymous10/18/2018

    How many calendar days did it take for Pan Pacific to process your visa? I have been waiting for more than 2 weeks already and still no update from their Cebu branch.

    1. Hi,

      Sorry for the late reply. Hopefully you already got your visa. For me, it took me about 2 weeks for me to get my passport from Pan Pacific and I am from Metro Manila. I would think that since you are in Cebu, it might take longer than 2 weeks.

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