A news has been lingering for a while that Japan will soon lift its visa requirement for Filipinos visiting the country. Such is being linked to Tokyo’s aim to boost its tourism in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But unless there is an official announcement from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Filipinos have to comply with this requirement. For Filipinos who wish to go to Japan, the first thing to do is visit this link: < EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN THE PHILIPPINES > the official online source about Japan Visa application. Surely, you can see tons of blogs (such as mine) describing the step by step process on how to apply for Japan Visa, but you should first read through the information given by the Embassy of Japan as its policies and procedures may change overtime. Forms and samples are supplied in the website. If there are things still unclear to you and you hesitate to make a call to EOJ’s hotline, these blogs and online communities may help answer your questions:
- http://malago.net/ – This is an online community where members post topics about Japan, including application for any visa types, migrating to Japan, international marriage and relationships. It is like a virtual support group for Filipinos living in Japan. You will have to register first to post a new topic or comment.
- http://magnetic-rose.net/2011/05/how-to-get-a-japan-tourist-visa-in-three-days/ – This blog can provide you tips on how to increase your chances of having that Japan visa application approved. I think the blogger already stopped responding to visa related queries, but if you will browse through its long comment thread, you will likely get the answers that you need
- http://theeagertraveller.com/2013/05/24/how-to-apply-for-japan-tourist-visa-in-the-philippines/ and
- http://morefunwithems.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/how-i-got-my-japan-tourist-visa-in-the-philippines/ — I posted these last two sites since they are relatively recent and the bloggers replied to queries within the last month.
Now, after getting all these info on the procedures, the next thing that you need to do is to prepare and then submit all of the documents required as applicable to your case. Never try to falsify or skip any of the requirements if you do not want to ruin your chances of getting a Japan visa. It seems that in many of the disapproved applications, reasons are (but EOJ will never disclose them to you) lack of financial capacity to support the applicants’ travel plans in Japan and consistency/accuracy in the documents submitted. I have previously applied for Japan tourist visa for five times and once for student visa so trust me, the key to getting a Japan tourist visa is sufficient financial capacity (yours or your guarantor’s) and consistency on the information you are giving in the documentary requirements.