How to Apply For A Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport

By Kach Umandap - Howe February 15th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, VISA Application Guides No comments

Dreaming of that Japan multiple-entry tourist visa? Know more about that here! This guide will help you with everything you might need.

Applying for a Japan tourist visa has been smooth for Philippines Passport holders. The Japanese embassy made it easier for Filipinos to apply for a visa to boost tourism. And as a result, a lot of Filipinos now can travel to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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However, if you’re planning to apply for a Japan Multiple-entry tourist visa, there are different requirements and conditions that you need to know to be eligible for it. And we provided you that information and details so you will know what to do when you apply for one.

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Conditions for Issuance of Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

In order to have high chances of getting approved, these are the main conditions that the Japan embassy looks for when reviewing your application. 

  1. Those applicants who have travel history to Japan as a temporary visitor within the last 3 years. Has no history of violation of domestic laws of Japan including a problem with immigration regarding the entry or status during the period of stay. And has sufficient financial capability to support expenses during the travel and stay. 
  2. Those applicants who have travel history to any G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US excluding Japan) as a temporary visitor within the last 3 years. Has no history of violation of domestic laws of Japan including a problem with immigration regarding the entry or status during the period of stay. And has sufficient financial capability to support expenses during the travel and stay. 
  3. Those who have the abundant financial capability.
  4. A spouse or a child of a person with abundant financial capability. 

Main requirements in applying for Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

  • An explanation letter stating the reason why you want to apply for a Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa to Japan. There’s a prescribed form at the Japan embassy website that applicants can fill in. Check it here
  • A valid Philippine Passport

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How to Apply For A Japan Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport

  • Passport photo pasted to the application form (4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background). Write your name and birthdate on the backside of the photo. 
  • Daily Schedule / Itinerary in Japan. It must include the address and contact number of your accommodation.
  • UPDATED: Due to the recent news about the ‘Novel Corona Virus’, the Embassy of Japan announced in February 2020, that it will be adding a questionnaire to its main requirements for tourists applying for a Japan visa. You can download this questionnaire on their main website. IT MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED. 

How to Apply For A Japan Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport

Specific Requirements for Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

For applicants who fall under number 1 condition above

  • Proof of travel to Japan within the last 3 years (old or recent passport with a used temporary visitor visa and landing permission stamps).
  • Latest and clear photocopy Income Tax Return or ITR 
  • Proof of Financial Capability. It can be your bank deposit balance certificate or dividend certificate of stock etc.

For applicants who fall under number 2 condition above

  • Proof of travel to Japan or any G7 countries within the last 3 years (old or recent passport with a used temporary visitor visa and landing permission stamps).

For applicants who fall under number 3 condition above

  • PSA Birth Certificate 

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  • Marriage Certificate (must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center Nationwide).
  • Latest and clear photocopy of Income Tax Return or ITR 
  • Proof of Financial Capability. It can be your bank deposit balance certificate or dividend certificate of stock etc.

For applicants who fall under number 4 condition above

  • Latest and clear photocopy of  Income Tax Return of Guarantor
  • Guarantor’s Proof of Financial Capability (guarantor’s bank deposit balance certificate or dividend certificate of stock etc. as proof of abundant economic status)
  • Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate

Note

  • If your PSA birth certificate is unreadable, submit it together with your birth certificate issued by the local registrar. 
  • If your birth certificate is “late registration”, also submit a baptismal and school record (form 137) from high school or elementary and yearbook (if available). 
  • And if you don’t have any record in PSA, you can just submit your “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA along with a copy of your birth certificate from the local registrar. 
  • All documents must be in A4 size ONLY. If your document is not in A4 size, then it must be adjusted before you submit them. 
  • You are encouraged to submit other supporting documents like your economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation, etc.

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Visa Processing Fee for Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

As for the visa processing fee, it depends on the travel agency, but it’s usually around PHP 800 – PHP 1,500 PHP.

Processing time: The regular processing time is usually 5-7 working days. But it can be more than that.

Embassy in the Philippines

Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
Address: 2627, 1300 Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila
Contact number: (02) 8551 5710
Office hours: Monday –  Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Note: You don’t need to go or contact the embassy of Japan when you apply for the visa. All visa applications must be done at any of their accredited travel agencies ONLY. Contact the embassy if you have other personal concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions About Japan Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

1. I will travel to Japan for the first time, can I apply for a multiple-entry Japan visa? 

It’s possible if you have a high financial capacity, or your guarantor (immediate family) has a high financial capacity. But just to be sure, it’s safer to apply for a single-entry first if you’re a first-timer.

2. How much money should I have in my bank account?

There is no clear answer to that. However, if you’re applying for a multiple-entry visa, consider having a 7-digit amount in your bank account. In that case, you’re eligible. 

3. How long is the validity of a multiple-entry Japan visa?

Your visa is valid for 5 years. And you can stay for 15-30 days in Japan with your multiple-entry visa.

4. What if I have lapses on my requirements?

Your accredited travel agent will definitely inform you about this.

5. Do I need to book a flight and accommodation before I apply for the visa?

It is not required to have a confirmed ticket and accommodation before you apply. A RESERVED flight ticket and accommodation is advisable (with free cancellation is much better). Don’t take a risk of buying a plane ticket and booking accommodation when you’re not really sure if your visa will get approved or denied. Renting a flight is highly recommended as it’s cheap and reliable.

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6. Should I put N/A or just leave an item blank when it’s not applicable to me?

This is one is confusing for applicants since most accredited agencies process both Japan and Korean visas. And these two countries have different policies. But the generally accepted rule is this: write N/A for Japan Visa, and leave it blank for Korean Visa.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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