How to get Multiple Entry Visa for Japan?
Though considered to be one of Asia’s most promising economy with a higher trajectory growth than of China (source), the Philippines still find itself held back with visas - US, Taiwan, all over Europe, China, Japan, and I even heard Hong Kong would be in the running, too! (> <)
Though Japan has allowed multiple entry for Filipino citizens, how do you actually apply for one?
I’ve been to Japan for a whole of four times (twice to Osaka, twice to Tokyo) and at the time this will be published, I have just recently came back from my trip to Osaka and it’s thanks to Discovery Tour that I got my multiple entry visa.. on my own!!
The reason I needed to write about this is because my previous Japan visa application was usually together with my family at a different travel agency. I was apprehensive and nervous I’d be denied the visa since it’s a first for me to apply for one. Plus, I read online that if you get denied, you have to wait for another six months! (>~<)
So with fingers crossed, I headed over to Discover Tour at their Makati branch and braced myself.
What are the Requirements Needed for a Multiple Entry Visa?
You can check out the full list at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines website
- Valid Philippine passport
- One (1) 4.5cm x 4.5cm (2 x 2) ID photo with white background
- Accomplished Japan visa application form (PDF)
- Old Japanese visa; if it’s your first time, NSO birth certificate and marriage certificate
- An itinerary for your days in Japan (Taizai Nitteihyo)
- Original bank certificate (takes 24 hours, or so depending on your bank) - should have at least Php100,000 or enough to cover for your planned trip
- Income Tax Return (Form 2316)
- Payment of Php1000 for the visa processing fee as the Embassy of Japan doesn’t allow walk-ins!
The following are not part of the requirements but I still submitted:
- Hotel voucher
- Roundtrip airline tickets
- Old visas I had - I had two Japanese visas on my current passport, a China visa, Dubai visa, and an old passport with my US visa - I wanted to show that I was well-traveled and had a lot of visas already
- Letter requesting for a multiple entry - it was a long shot, but I had to try, right?
You can also check with Discovery Tour’s Japan tourist visa requirements page here. In my opinion, they have the cheapest processing fee at only Php1000! They do have different types of visas so be sure to check the correct one!
How long did it take?