Monday, 4 May 2015

Guide on How to Apply for a Japan Visa in Singapore

Filipinos going to Japan for travel purposes must secure tourist visas before entering Japan. Getting a tourist visa is easy as long as you have completed all the necessary documents that they require. However, this still varies according to your nationality. I went to Japan last year and here is the list of the documents that I prepared before I applied for a Temporary Visit for Sightseeing and/or Business up to 90 days. By the way, I applied for a visa one month before my travel date.

  1. Travel document. You need a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages remaining. As a general rule which the travel industry recommends, you have to make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months before flying abroad.
  2. Visa Application Form and 1 Passport size Photo. The photograph should be coloured and recently taken, which you should affix to your Application Form. Visa Application Forms are available and can be downloaded online here.
  3. Certification of Employment. Request a copy of Certificate of Employment from your employer. Click here to view a sample.
  4. Flight Itinerary. If you booked your ticket online, you may provide an e-ticket flight reservation.
  5. Bank Statement. You must provide your personal savings account statement showing the latest one month banking transactions. You may also submit a statement printed online. However, you have to make sure that the Account Name and Account Number are visible on the pages that you are going to submit.
  6. Identity Card. Photocopy of your Identification Card.
  7. Additional Document. Detailed itinerary of your trip. You may view a sample here.
To avoid rejection, you have to ensure that you have completed the documents required before proceeding to the embassy. Arrange them accordingly (in order as specified above). Do not staple them. Please take note that you are required to personally visit the embassy to submit the requirements. If all the requirements were met, your visa will be granted and issued after three working days. 

Visa processing fees may be different depending on nationality and type of visas applied for. In my case, I didn’t have to pay the Visa Processing Fee. Read more about the Visa Processing Fees here.

Happy Travels! xo

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