The main purpose of my travel was to visit my boyfriend (now my fiancé) who is situated near Yokosuka. That’s why when I applied for Japan Tourist Visa, the entire process of application really gave me heebie-jeebies because I was worried that I might not get to see him hehe.
Application and submission of documents
You cannot directly apply at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines; instead, you must apply through agencies accredited by the Embassy. Visit this link to view list of accredited agencies for Japan Visa Application.
I personally do not recommend Reli Tours Travel Agency at their SM Megamall Branch, where I first applied – the staffs are really unfriendly and horrible. I have heard good reviews with Rajah Travels, Friendship Tours, and Pan Pacific Travel though.
Understanding Japan Tourist Visa
There are several types of Japan Tourist Visa: 1) Visa for Visiting Relatives; 2) Visa for Tourism or Visiting distant relatives; and 3) Visa for Relatives/Friends Invited by US Military Personnel (SOFA Status).
In my case, I applied for #3 because my boyfriend is a US Military. Preparing documents for this type of visa is almost the same as preparing for a regular Tourist Visa; the difference is that, the inviting person (Military personnel) will serve as your guarantor.
General Requirements for a Japan Tourist Visa
All documents must be original unless otherwise stated.
- Philippine Passport
- Visa Application Form
- Photo (4.5cm x 4.5cm, white background)
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Contract (if the applicant is married) [4 and 5 must be from NSO Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide) issued within one (1) year. In case of non-record, you must submit certificate of non-record together with the one from Local Civil Registrar]
- Daily Schedule in Japan
- Documents or photos etc. to prove relationship
- Bank Certificate
- Income Tax Return (Form 2316) original and photocopy
- Invitation Letter – Download
- Guarantee Letter (Must have handwritten signature) – Download
- Most Recent Income Tax Return Copy (Form 1040 and Form W-2)
- Residence Certificate (if Guarantor is a Japanese) or Foreign Registration Certificate from City Hall (if Guarantor is not a Japanese)
- Statement of Service (With e-mail address of attestant if possible)
- Invitation Letter from Guarantor in Japan (Must have hand written signature)
If Guarantor in Japan Shoulder Any Part of Travel / Living Expenses
Additional Requirements if also getting a Visa for Relatives/Friends Invited by US Military Personnel
For better understanding of what requirements to submit:
- 1 – 9 Tourist Visa without guarantor
- 1 – 13 Tourist Visa with guarantor
- 1 – 15 Tourist Visa invited by US Military Personnel
Closely looking at it, I have submitted all the requirements except for nos. 9 and 13. I do not have my ITR yet that time as I’ve only been with my company for less than a year, as an alternative, I just submitted my guarantor’s ITR.
You can also read this post to increase your chances of getting that Japan VISA approved.
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