Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dad's Review - Practical tips for Filipinos applying for Japan Visa in Philippines


Update as of 06 May 2014

After our arrival at Narita Airport our family of five got separated and fell in line at different immigration counters. We were not worried at all since we have done this many times in our previous trips without encountering any problem. However, my eldest son was interrogated by the immigration officer due to his status as student on his arrival card. In addition, we were supposed to stay at an apartment in Harajuku thus the immigration officers kept on asking my son whether he has a relative in Japan and why he would stay in an apartment and not in a hotel. Furthermore, aside from being a student he stated that he wasn't carrying any banknotes with him. The immigration officer told him thrice in a raised voice "you can't stay." Fortunately I was near him but on a separate queue. I approached the immigration counter and informed the guy that I am his Dad and our family got separated at different immigration counters. The guy simply smiled and allowed my son to pass after verifying my arrival card.

Thus, when in queue at the immigration counters at Narita airport better to stay in group so as to prevent anybody from being questioned. Remember that having an entry visa doesn't mean that you can't be denied entry anymore by the immigration authority in Japan.

Enjoy your trip and stay tuned for my additional tips regarding Suica card / Narita Express and Keisei Skyliner.








Japan visa is selling like hotcakes nowadays. It has been in news for quite some time and I am sure that in the past few months thousands of visas have been issued to Filipinos who intend to visit the land of the rising sun. We joined the frenzy and received our passports with visas on 16th of this month.

Before anything else, the steps in acquiring the much coveted visa are not as easy as walking in the park notwithstanding the Japanese Embassy's announcement that these steps have been simplified. 

There are several tour agents accredited by the Japanese Embassy where you can submit your application. You can easily search these tour agents on the net but in our case we preferred Reli Tours located at 5th floor of SM Megamall. You may check its website: Reli Tours. We chose this tour agent due to good review on the net and it was the most convenient place for us.

Since we plan to go to Japan without any guarantor we prepared all the necessary requirements as stated on the tour agent website before we submitted our applications.


1. Valid passport with 2 remaining blank pages

2. Application Form - You can download this from the tour agent website: application. When filling this form do not leave any blank spaces. If you don't have guarantor like us then put "N.A." in all the spaces such as guarantors' addresses and Tel nos. More so, there is nothing to worry if you are traveling as a family and you have a single breadwinner. The visa applications of my wife and three kids were approved even if they stated their status as housewife and students on their applications.

3. Photo - 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm or 2" x 2." Reli Tours asked for a single photo to be pasted on the application form. You should be wearing a collared t-shirt with white background on your photo. If you have long hair both ears should be exposed. Moreover, there is no need to go to any expensive photo centers at the mall. It costs us 106 pesos for 6 copies while my eldest son paid only 24 pesos for 4 copies printed on photopaper by our friendly neighborhood internet shop. The embassy accepted all our photos.

4. Birth Certificate from NSO - If you are alone and have plenty of time to spend then it is preferable that you apply for this document at any SM Business Centers or at Teleserv Online application. The cost is reasonable but processing will take more days.

In our case, we were five in the family thus we applied for our birth certificates at NSO Main Office at Quezon City to reduce our expenses. The wife and I went to NSO at around 10 am and received queue number 4219. We were aghast since the number being processed at that time was 2150; it took another hour to reach 2300. We inquired at the Teleserv counter inside NSO office for home delivery of the documents but the guy was asking 350 pesos per document and around 3 days delivery period. It was way too costly.

inside NSO Main Office

Feeling helpless I asked the security staff whether our queue number would be entertained and luckily he assured us that all queuing numbers issued for that day would be completed before the office closes at 6 pm. Hence, we decided to come back at 4 pm.

We came back at 4 pm only to find out that the number being processed has already exceeded 5000; I don't know how they did it. Since our queue number was way ahead, we proceeded immediately to evaluation desks and after that went directly to cashier area. In less than 30 minutes we were able to finish the transaction and returned the following day at 7 am to collect our NSO issued birth certificates. Just make sure that you have valid ID otherwise the evaluator won't accept your application. We paid 140 pesos per document or 700 pesos for five of us. 

5. Bank Certificate - We requested this from BDO and paid 100 pesos. The bank has standard form for bank certificate to be used for visa application so no worries about this procedure. Our bank certificate was released the following day. Just to add, there is no specific or minimum amount required by Japan embassy for bank certificate for visa approval.

our 5D/4N itinerary

6. Daily Schedule in Japan - You can download the form from the tour agent website: schedule. Nothing especial here just make a research on the net of the places you intend to visit. In fact, we submitted a very general itinerary for 5D/4N.

7. Income Tax Return Copy - Since I am an OFW I don't have this document. In lieu of this I attached my contract from my company in the Middle East. It was accepted by Reli Tours.

8. Marriage Contract from NSO (if applicant is married) - Reli Tours initially didn't accept our visa applications since we forgot to attach our marriage certificate from NSO. Lesson learned. Make sure that you have complete documents before you submit your application to avoid losing time and resources.

Nevertheless, it was pretty obvious that we can easily produce this document thus Ms Jane of Reli Tours asked us to pay the processing amount so we wouldn't need to wait upon coming back to re-submit our applications. We obliged and paid 1,200 pesos each or 6,000 pesos for five of us. I noticed that you don't need to personally submit your visa application; anybody can do this for you as long as you have complete requirements.

The following day I went back to NSO Main Office and arrived at 7:30 am expecting that it would open at 8 am like any government offices. To my surprise I found a long queue inside the compound. They started giving queuing number as early as 7 am. Mine was 1239. I completed the task at around 10:30 am thus my receipt showed 1 pm collection time. So if you are in need of your NSO document urgently make sure that you will be able to finish the transaction before lunch time to be able to collect it in the afternoon. Otherwise you have no choice but to return the following day to collect your document.

My wife and I collected our NSO copy marriage contract at 1 pm and raced towards SM Megamall to re-submit our visa applications. Ms Jane finally accepted our visa applications; processing would take 5 to 7 working days according to her. It was Wednesday. 

I called Reli Tours on Monday at 5:30 pm; they haven't received our passports yet and beckoned us to call again the following day at the same time. Since we have some business to attend near SM Megamall the following day we opted to pass at Reli Tours at around 5:30 pm. Fortunately, our passports were included in the batch of passports that just arrived. Great!

I checked one by one all our five passports. I verified the passport number, name and birthday indicated on each and every visa. I was terribly surprised to note that the passport number indicated on my wife's Japan visa was wrong. Their Japanese liaison officer was apologetic and promised that they would send my wife's passport back to the embassy within that day for correction free of charge. Since it was only a correction they asked me to come back the following day. Be very careful about this thing since I saw an applicant at Reli Tours having his Japan visa corrected thrice. Trust me, you don't want to notice any visa error on the day of your flight.

Come Holy Wednesday at around 5:30 pm, all of us have received our single entry Japan visas.

By the way, I added these documents to our applications:

- Return tickets booked as early as January 2014
- Hotel or apartment booking through Airbnb website
- Copy of my company ID and credit cards with blocked/cut-out numbers.
- Old passport of wife having Japan (trainee) visa issued in 1991. She used to work in a Japanese semicon firm. They were sent by their company for training for two months in Japan.

All documents you have submitted will not be returned back by the embassy. In addition, you will know whether your visa application has been rejected or granted once your passport has been returned to you. The tour staff won't give any details over the phone.

By the way, one of my readers asked about the affidavit of support for my wife and kids. We didn't submit it while both Japanese and Filipino immigration officers DIDN'T demand it as well. We simply followed the requirements of Reli Tours for visitors WITHOUT guarantor. I believe this document is needed when you plan to go to Japan with a guarantor. Furthermore, in case you have visited japan recently I suggest that you coordinate with the tour agent to know whether you still need to submit all the requirements or not. They are in better position to answer your query.

Here is a tip to fellow Filipino Dads planning to visit Japan, I have been told by several individuals while waiting inside the office of Reli Tours that the processing of visa for visitor without any guarantor was simpler and faster than applying for a Japan visa with guarantor like family or friend. You know what to do.

I hope Japan will waive its visa requirements for Filipinos in near future as stated on recent news. By doing this, Filipinos will definitely start flocking to their country in throngs. In fact, my kids are bugging me when they have learned that Harry Potter theme park will open at Universal Studios in a few months. Hey, that's another tip for other Dads out there who plan to bring his family to Universal Studios in Japan.


114 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for this detailed post about your experience getting a Japanese visa.

    I notice that you used airbnb as your accommodation. We're also thinking of airbnb for our stay next year and I would like to know how you wrote down your accommodation address and name on the visa app form.

    Salamat!

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    1. Once your booking has been confirmed by the host through Airbnb, the correct address of the house will be sent to you. We left blank the sponsor's (guarantor) address on our visa application.

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  2. Thanks for the quick reply.

    So, what did you enter under the question: Names and addresses of hotels or persons with whom applicant intends to stay? Did you write down the name of the person from whom you rented the place from? Did you indicate that it was through airbnb?

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    1. Before we apply for Japan Visa, we booked our apartment first through Airbnb to show the Japanese Embassy that we have place to stay in japan.

      Thus, after our booking has been confirmed by the host, she gave to us the correct address of her apartment. We used the address and her name on our visa applications with a note beside her name "BOOKED THROUGH AIRBNB."

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  3. Thanks. This is such big help :D

    We prefer to book our accommodations through airbnb kasi. It gives us more space than a regular hotel room and at the same time it feels less like a tourist :)

    Hope we're as lucky as you are. Cheers!

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  4. Sir sa mga anak nyo po wat requirements pinasa nila.

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    1. NSO copy lang ng birth certificate.

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  5. Hello po :)

    I'm a 24 y/o working girl and I'm planning to go alone to Japan April next year as a tourist. (None of my friends could afford and Japan is one of my dream countries *_* )

    Umm, I have over 100k sa savings po and tenured sa company for 4years. Sa tingin nyo po kaya enough na po yung mga bagay na yun to warrant that I can fund myself for a 6-day trip to Japan?

    Tsaka nabanggit po ng friend ko na parang malabo daw po ma-approve yung tourist visa kapag mag-isa lang daw po sa trip ><

    Thanks!

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    1. Madali ng mag-apply ng Japan Visa ngayon. Kung first timer ka ay malamang single entry lang ibibigay sayo Basta i-submit mo lang lahat ng requirements ay malamang na makakuha ka ng Japan Visa.

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    2. Greetings! In related to this post, we have the same story. But im a frequent traveler but in a budget tour. I have been to SK, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. This is my first time to apply visa in Japan. Since im traveling alone, is it possible for me to get the visa approve? Anong mga requirements pa ang dapat kong iprepare?

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  6. Hello po
    Ask ko lang po,, kapag nag byahe ka mag is a ano ba ang kadalasang tinatanong ng mga immigration officer,saka anu ba ang nga papers na hinahanap Nila? Ako po ay ma byahe mag isa, visit with guarantor po, sunduin na lang ako ng sis ko at brother in law ko sa airport.. Thanks po..

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    1. Pag may japan visa ka na dapat wala ng tanong ang immigration officer lalo na at may guarantor ka.

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  7. Hi im planning to go to japan but afraid to take the risk of buying the piso tickets before the visa application. But since those are promos, they need to be purchased way before the 3-month validity of the visa.

    Im planning to go there with my family. Is applying for visa as a family easier than when alone? Or the same? Like, would families have better chances of approval than individuals

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    1. It is easier to apply for Japan visa nowadays, regardless whether you will travel alone or as a group, as long you have submitted all the requirements.

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  8. should i book the airline ticket first or the japan visa first

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    1. That is a very tricky question. I booked promo tickets for 5 since I expected that I would be able to have Japan Visa for the whole family. If this is your first time to travel abroad then better wait for the visa first. However, chances are you won't be able to avail any promo fare.

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  9. In the visa application form if I do the visa first what date will i place since Im not sure what date I will be going to japan. will the date of arrival matter is it just a one entry visa or a multiple entry visa? Thank you very much

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    1. A single entry visa is valid for 3 months after the date of issue. If you are given a multiple entry then it is valid for 3 years if I am not mistaken.

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  10. planning to go there with myself,just to ask,is it better to have a DAILY SCHEDULE first? how can i get the accomodations?

    hope for your reply :)

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    1. Book your accommodation through internet.

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    2. Hello I'd like to ask about the number you used ..was it hotel's number or yours?I'm just confuse :) Im planning to process my requirements anytime next month so I'd like to know more about it beforehand :) IN addition I've never been to other countries...is it possible ma grant yung request ko? hoping for your reply :) thanks :)

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    3. Of course I put my apartment (through airbnb) contact number since I don't have any.personal number in Japan.

      It depends on Japanese embassy whether they will give you an entry visa since it will be your first time to travel outside Phils. If you have been to other countries before then.you have a good chance of entering Japan.

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    4. Of course I put my apartment (through airbnb) contact number since I don't have any.personal number in Japan.

      It depends on Japanese embassy whether they will give you an entry visa since it will be your first time to travel outside Phils. If you have been to other countries before then.you have a good chance of entering Japan.

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  11. Hi! For the daily schedule part, what should i put on the contact column? is it my personal mobile number or the number of the hotel im staying?

    Thanks!

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    1. Either your contact number in Japan or the hotel's number. It is not that important actually.

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  12. Good day po! ask ko lang if OFW applicant, ano po i submit documents instead sa ITR..salamat in advance!

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  13. 7. Income Tax Return Copy - Since I am an OFW I don't have this document. In lieu of this I attached my contract from my company in the Middle East. It was accepted by Reli Tours.

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  14. hi. a company will be sponsoring my tour (transportation/accomodation/food) except for the pocket money. however, im worried if ill be given a visa, since my bank acccout is only 100k , though my passport shows that i traveled in hongkong and singaporev already... is the 100k enough? although u mentioned they are not strict w the bank account. thank u

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  15. hi ask lang po.my interview pa po ba for applying tourist visa going to japan.but i do have a garantour..thanks

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  16. thank you for this! such a helpful blog

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  17. Hi! wanna ask how many days is your process time for your Japanese visa in PH? I actually want to apply my Japanese Visa in the Philippines since I'm travelling to Japan with my family. And do think it will be okay if my bank statement would be from Dubai? I am the bread winner in the family. What requirement would my mom and sister submit? My mom is a house wife and my sister is a student.

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    1. Processing time is less than a week. For the requirements coordinate with Reli tours. They will inform you if you need to submit additional documents.

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  18. good eve po...sir mag ask lang po ako about visa po..sa visa ko po may nakalagay dun for stay of 30 days lang kasi un po namn talaga ang inaplay ko..pero ung visa is good for 3 months nmn bago mag expire ngayon po gusto ko magbuy ng ticket na ang return date is hangang sa ma expire po ung visa ko pwede po kaya un kahit may nakalagay dun sa visa na for stay of 30 days?im hoping for ur reply tnx

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    1. Your visa indicates 3 months validity. You can enter Japan within that time frame.

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  19. Hi! I'm travelling with a group for 6 days, been employed for about 2 years now, and have already purchased a ticket [promo]. Thing is, I only have less than 40k in my bank account. Do you think that will be a major factor for a visa denied? Thank you so much :D

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  20. can I present bank statement from other country if i dont maintain an account in the Philippines?

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    1. I think so since the Japanese embassy didn't emphasize that only local bank certificates can be accepted.

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  21. Hi sir! We're intending to travel to Tokyo by July and have already submitted requirements thru Universal Holidays. We are travelling in a group of four but we applied for visas in pairs thru separate travel agencies. I was reading threads above and i started worrying if they would still verify from the hotel if we have a confirmed reservation. Our accomodation was booked under my friend's name who applied thru another agency. Would that have any bearing on my visa application?

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  22. Hotel booking has no bearing on your visa application; it is not even required. In fact some visa applicants would purchase tickets and book hotels upon receiving their Japan visa.

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  23. SIr, thank you for your very detailed and helpful tips. Appreciate knowing all these tips. You've mentioned about NSO for B/C. Do you think an NSO B/C issued last 2012 would suffice to complete the requirements or do they require a fresh one (current year, depending on when the intended travel will be)? Thank you in advance.

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    1. I think your 2012 NSO issued B.C. is enough.

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    2. Thank you sir.

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  24. hi sir! same lang po pala tayo ng accomodation nung nagtravel kayo sa japan :) mas pinili namin apartment type kasi hirap na kami makahanap ng mura2 na hotel near shibuya , nagkataon may avail kami na nahanap na apartment type lalo na malapit sa station mas ok sa pag tratranspo namin pag mag sisight seeing na kami :) anyways, ask ko lang po wala naman po ba naging problema sa itinerary at receipt na inemail sa atin ng airbnb? :) i mean hindi naman po ba to na question sa immigration since apartment ang napili natin at hindi hotel sa pag tour? :) flight na po namin sa july 9 hagang july 16 lang po kami dun, and pinaghahandaan na namin ung possible na hanapin naman ng IO, at ayaw po namin masira ang vacation at masayang lahat ng efforts lalo na s a pag aasikaso ng japan visa na isa pang mahigpit :) sana mag reply po kayo thank you! :)

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    1. We didn't encounter any problem using airbnb. Nobody asked for our accommodation itinerary or receipt kasi once na may Japan visa ka then lusot kana sa mga IO natin.

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    2. yey buti naman po, nag babasa din kasi ako ng tips kasi first time namin to travel abroad , 2 lang po kami ng bf ko :) anyways, yen na po ba dala nyo agad sa japan or dun kayo nagpapalit? parang hassle mas maganda po kung before umalis no? sabi po nun father namin sa naia terminal 1 may money changer daw po dun na lang daw po kami mag papalit para sure na safe, kaso naisip ko baka ma late po kami pag inuna namin un, kasi iniingatan namin ung oras lalo na baka in case magtagal sa immigration booth. and 6 am po namin balak mag check in kasi 1030am flight namin. lalo na magtratravel pa po kami ng 3am to manila galing pa po kami ng quezon province :) ano po kaya ma advise nyo? thank you

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  25. Hi Sir! Plan po namin magtravel sa Japan by next year, I read several blog sabi nila you need at least 50 thousand pesos sa account para maapprove yung visa. Sa case natin na andito sa abroad usually padala natin majority ng earnings natin kaya wala ako ganun kalaking balance sa account ko dito at sa Pinas naman eh under sa name ng ate ko yung account ko. Tanong ko, what if wala ako ganun kalaking money sa account ko, gaano kalaki/kaliit ang chance ko for our visa application?

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    1. Isa sa requirements ay bank statement. Pag wala ka noon or maliit lang pera mo then baka ma deny ang visa application mo. Japan is a very expensive country to visit kaya mahigpit sila sa financial capacity ng tourists.

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  26. Good day sir. My husband is also ang ofw and I dont have work as of the moment, so no itr for me. What other documents/letters do we need to submit to inform that I am my husband's dependent? I have my own bank account din po. Planning to travel to Japan on March 2016. Thank you.

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    1. Stick with the requirements as mentioned above. Like marriage contract, etc..

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  27. Hi, I just applied for a tourist visa and I didn't submit any additional documents. Will that affect my application? Thanks

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    1. As long as you have submitted all the requirements I don't see any problem. Anyway, you will know it after 3 days...Goodluck.

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  28. Hello! How much on estimate must be inside the bank account for a family of 4-5? Thank you!

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    1. Wala namang minimum amount na required but the higher the better. You should have money at least to cover all your expenses while in Japan.

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  29. kinabahan po ako bigla coz I'm a student going alone to Japan as a tourist. I'm a frequent traveler po sana may bearing naman yun
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    1. It all depends sa Japanese Embassy.

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    2. I mean sa immigration po sa japan... mas ok na madeny visa dito kesa andun na ko tas ayaw ako tanggapin ng officer :<
      (pero sana hindi ko maexperience both /praying hard/)

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    3. Just make sure na kung mag isa ka ay may complete documents ka like RT tickets and hotel/hostel/apartment booking.

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  30. Hello po! I will apply for my tourist visa without guarantor po next week. Government employee po ako. Will it matter po ba sa Japanese embassy na yung COE na issubmit ko is naka-indicate na 1 yr pa lang ako sa company? Pero po above 100k naman yung nasa bank account ko po. Salamat po! Hoping for your reply.

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    1. Hello din. Pasensya na po, Japanese Embassy lang po ang makakasagot sa inquiry ninyo. Basta mag submit lang kayo ng lahat ng requirements and wait ng result.

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  31. Hi! I just applied for tourist visa yesterday at Friendship Tours. I submitted all the required docs stated (my bank balance is 1xx, xxx). Plus i gave additional docs like plane and hotel bookings, COE, approved leave, copies of credit cards, company and PRC ID, and the visa paper from Australia last year, they don't issue visa sticker kasi. That was my 1st trip abroad and it was an official business trip from my company.

    What do you think po is my chance of getting the visa? Kinakabahan ako hehe habang naghihintay po sa call within 7 working days daw po. THANK YOU!

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  32. You have high chance of getting your tourist visa.

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    1. Hi po uli! Thank you for the response! Got my tourist visa today! Ambilis! They called me yesterday. I even asked kung approved ba sya, and the caller from Friendship Tours said yes! That was surprising since I have read that the agencies don't disclose over the phone if the visa is approved or not. Anyway, I am soo excited to visit Japan next month! Yey!

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  33. Hello! Ask lang po ako since your family went to Japan. 2 original copies po ba ng marriage certificate ang binigay niyo (meaning tig-isa kayo na wife niyo) or 1 is okay? Thank you very much for the help!

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  34. Hello. OFW din po ako and I don't have ITR (buti nabasa ko to hihihi) Plan ko mag vacation sa Pinas this Nov. and plan ko mag book ng flight and apply ng visa to Japan in PH on the same month, Possible kaya yun? kahit 4D3N lang in Tokyo,JP. Thank you :D

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    1. Wala rin akong sinubmit na ITR dahil OFW din ako. Contract ang binigay ko. Puede yun sa Nov kasi 3 working days lang processing ng Japan visa.

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    2. Hi sir same OFW plan to have my vacation in Philippines this month NOVEMBER and will apply po ng Tourist visa to Japan with Japanese guarantor. clarify ko lng po requirements ko since I don't need an ITR, as you have mentioned po na Contract lng binigay mo.. Scanned copy tas e-print ko is Okay lng?
      And sir sa Visa Application Form may nakalagay kasi na I.D issued to you by your government ano po pwedi ilagay ditto I'm not sure kasi kung valid pa VOTERS ID ko kasi tagal nku di ng vote.

      Lastly sa DAILY SCHEDULE form since hindi pa kami bibili ng ticket until visa is ISSUED so pwedi ilagay ko arrived in TOKYO aboard FLIGHT xxx?

      Desperate for your reply po MARAMING SALAMAT

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    3. Yes, scanned copy of contract but make sure you have a valid residence/work visa stamped on your passport.

      Your passport, SSS ID, Driver's license and even your voter's ID will do.

      Just indicate your daily itinerary while you are IN japan. No need to indicate flight number and date. Like 1st day......... 2nd day.....

      Goodluck

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    4. Yes, scanned copy of contract but make sure you have a valid residence/work visa stamped on your passport.

      Your passport, SSS ID, Driver's license and even your voter's ID will do.

      Just indicate your daily itinerary while you are IN japan. No need to indicate flight number and date. Like 1st day......... 2nd day.....

      Goodluck

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  35. Hello sir im processing myvisa got all requirements but im worried about my bank certificate i only have 100k.

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  36. Is 100k enough to have my visa approved im travelling this march30,2016 sir. Got all requirements im 24 employed here in davao been to hk, sg, thailand,malaysia,macau,and korea already. Will that help me got a japan visa sir?

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  37. Actually, there is no minimum amount for bank certificate indicated on the requirement so don't worry.

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    1. Thankyou for responding sir. I can go ahead and file now right? Cause i they said visa will be valid for only 3months.

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    2. Yes, you may file your application now.

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  38. hi sir, nasabi ninyo po na OFW kayo.. pwede po bang mag apply ng visa sa pinas ang OFW or dapat doon kung saan siya nagtratrabaho? OFW kasi ako dito sa SG tpos nasa pinas ung asawa ko. Planning to visit Japan this September. Paki advise naman po..salamat

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    1. Sa pinas ka na lang apply, sabay kayo ng application ng asawa mo. Mabilis naman processing basta kumpleto kayo ng docs.

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  39. hello sir u said may standard for,at ang dbp ng bank certificate. 3 months old pa lang account ko at joint account pa. ano sa tingin nio?

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  40. Ok lang yun. The bank certificate will simply indicate your outstanding balance.

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  41. Just a question here, in the visa form, ...So if I travel as tourist; I don't need to fill out the guarantors information can I simply put N/A?

    Many Thanks!

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    1. yes. don't leave any blanks. Put N/A .

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  42. Thank you sir. Your blog is very helpful.

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  43. Hi Sir, I am a public school teacher since July, 2015 but I've been a preschool teacher for almost 5 years. Yung ITR 2015 na pinasa ko po is mejo mababa ung nakalagay dun since July, 2015 ako nagstart magwork sa public at yun lang po ung naipasa ko sa agency. Pero ang savings ko naman po aya nasa P150,000 naman po. We already booked our roundtrip tickets and accommodations. Nagpasa rin po ako ng COE,Clearance from the principal since hindi pa napipirmahan ung travel order ko. Dapat po ba pinasa ko rin ung ITR 2014&2015 ko from my previous company. Thank you.

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    1. Sana nag submit ka rin ng bank statement ng savings mo. No need for ITR ng 2014 kasi di naman required yun. As long na tinanggap ng tour agent yung mga requirements ay malaki chance mo na makakuha ng Jap visa.

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    2. Yes po, nagsubmit naman ako ng bank certificate. May nabasa lang kasi ako sa ibang blog na masyadong malaki ang 150k for 4 days.

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    3. No. Pinapakita lang ng bank statement na may financial capacity ka mag travel.

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  44. Thank you so much, Sir! God bless. :)

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  45. Can I enter Japan even if I don't have stable job? But I have 100k plus on my bank and I have my small business here
    I do have ITR my sister is currently in Japan but I don't want to ask for her sponsorship since she only have 1year visa as a spouse of permanent residence. I want to apply as a pure tourist no intention to be illegal alien what is my chances to be approved?

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    1. As long as you can provide complete requirements and the travel agent accepts your application then you have a chance to get Jap visa.

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  46. Hi guys. Very nice article. :)
    Can anyone please help me with my concern? I have a US Air Force boyfriend in Okinawa Japan and he is my guarantor and everything. He recently just got his divorce papers finalized this March 2016 but we have been together for 1 year now. I'm thinking would this mess with the Consulate's head? Another problem is his Statement of Service doesn't have his commander's signature so what we did was he wrote an email with his electronic signature and we attached that to the statement of service. I am a first time traveler and a college student, I have no proof of employment which serves as a strong tie in the Philippines. I have been feeling anxious over the last few days. I really wanna see him for only 15 days. Do you guys think I might get approved? We didn't submit his bank certificate too only his ITR. Would that suffice? Thanks. :)

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  47. Hi, Po sir good day! Sah immigration Kailangan po ba ng hotel reservation receipt? Tour po inapply ko without a guarantor.Pero plan ko sana Japan na ako mg book ng hotel may address na ako sa hotel na pupuntahan ko kasi Hindi ako gumagamit ng credit card.

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    1. Usually they are not asking for any hotel reservation anymore. To be safe, book a hotel then once you got hold of your reservation cancel it. Our immigration won't be able to validate whether your hotel booking is confirmed or not.

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  48. Good day sir! Ask ko lang po sana, kakatapos lang po kasi ng contract ko sa Bahrain nung June. So wala po akong work sa ngayon. Ok lang po ba na aside from required documents, ipasa ko na din yung contract ko last year sa bahrain? Thanks inadvance!

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    1. Yes. Puede mong gawin yun. What is important is you can prove na may financial capacity ka to travel.

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  49. Same case here sir. Im Ofw from Singapore nag end contract last March and im planning to travel alone to japan this october. It is ok if i will still put my previous occupation kahit wala na ako sa company na yun. Will they verify it sa employer?

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    1. I don't think that they will verify your employment. What is important is that you can prove that you have the financial capacity to travel.

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  50. Hello sir. Just want to ask kung magkakaron ng conflict yung visa application ko as tourist without guarantor kahit nang galing nako dun dati pa thru eligibility ng dad ko? May prob kasi sya ngayon sa tax nya kaya di nya ko ma gguarantor kung sakali din ba pwede mag guarantor yung mga uncle or cousins ko?? Thank you and more power!

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    1. Only the Japanese embassy can decide about your situation.

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  51. Hi,

    We already have a plane ticket for 12-day trip. Pero pwede ba kapag mag aapply kami 7 days na lang iindicate namen na stay tapos within kansai region lang para mas malaki chance of approval namen? Mabbgyan pa din ba kami ng 15 days since un naman standard dba? And wala naman record un na mkkta ng immigration officer kapag sa mismong airport na? Thanks.

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    1. Yes. I believe you can do that as long na hindi kayo lalagpas ng 15 days.

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  52. Hello! We are very much like your family. We plan to apply for visas this october and visit japan on december. What bothers me is yung mga nababasa ko na pag wala pang tatak ang passport mababa ang chance maapprove. Is it true? Because japan happens to be the first country we are about to visit. We already have roundtrip tickets. We are 6 in the family, 4 children are students. May I also ask about the complete requirements for your children? NSO lang ba talaga? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, we submitted only NSO copies. No worries if this is your first time to travel outside the Philippines as long as you can submit all the requirements.

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    2. Thank you! And for the additional requirements like yung return ticket, photocopy lang ba nun ang sinubmit nyo sir?

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  53. Good day sir! Ask ko lang po sana kung need padin ba ng RT tickets kahit may guarantor? Visiting relatives po iaapply sanang visa? Thank you and god bless!

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    1. Actually RT tickets are not included on the list of required documents.

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  54. One last sir, ilang months po kaya validity ng mga bank certificate like BDO??

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  55. Im an ofw working in Dubai. Unfortunately, my application was rejected here. Hindi naman denied ibinalik lng sa akin ang docs ko kasi hindi sila tumatanggap ng PH bank statement, Only UAE bank statement. Well, thanks sa blog nyo po. I will apply in pinas na lang pag uwi ko. ���� Thank you po.

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