Visa/Consular Services

2022/4/21

VISA

Important Notice 

1. Visa application (Updated on February 25, 2022)
Application of the types of visas mentioned in (i) and (ii) below are acceptable
 
(i) New Acceptable Visa
From February 25, 2022, visa for the purposes mentioned below are acceptable, on condition that receiving organizations/schools in Japan obtain a “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system” in advance of visa application. 

For details, please see “Types of Visa and requirements” below.  

(a) Short-term stay (three months and below) for business/commercial purposes (No tourists) 
(b) Long-term stay (ex. for employment, technical intern trainees, students). 
* A Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system is a documentary proof issued by ERFS of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare after the receiving organization has applied and registered the entrant’s information online. 
* ERFS (Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System) 
   https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp/ 

Embassy cannot accommodate inquiries as to ERFS. Please contact 050-1751-2158, 050-1741-8558 from 9 AM to 9 PM directly.

 (ii) For other purpose:
Visa applications which have been acceptable before February 25, 2022, such as "Spouse/Child of Japanese National/Permanent Resident" and "Long-Term Resident" are still available to apply.
For visiting relatives in Japan, the subject of applicants has been relaxed.
For details, please see “Types of Visa and Requirements” below.

3. Re-entry
Re-entry permit (including special re-entry permit) holders can travel to Japan.


4. Entry and visa restrictions by Japanese government may frequently change, taking into consideration the COVID -19 infection situation, etc. 
The Embassy of Japan will update information on this website when visa arrangements change.

The validity of visas issued before December 2, 2021 and visas with Remarks of "M19" on the sticker are still suspended, due to the entry and visa restrictions by Japanese government.

Requirement at the border control in Japan  

1. All persons who wish to enter/re-enter  Japan need to submit negative test result for COVID-19 (Nasopharyngeal Swab/ Nasal Swab/ Saliva / Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs) conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of stay. For details, see Valid Format of Certificate of Negative Test Result.
※FAQ for Confirmation of Certificate of testing for COVID-19


2. All entrants/re-entrants are required to submit “Written Pledge”, "Questionnaire" and download applications at port of entry.
Please see  “Border Enforcement Measures Japan” and secure them before departure.
 
3. All entrants/re-entrants can use “Visit Japan Web” service to register information for Japanese quarantine, immigration and customs procedures before departure.
For details, please see “Visit Japan Web”.
 
 

How to Apply

Given the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 in the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines processes visa application/consultation with reduced staff for the time being to give the maximum consideration on the prevention of infection by applicants, as well as to carry out its urgent duties. We may take longer time to respond to your inquiry.
Your understanding would be highly appreciated.
 
  1. Inquiries Concerning Visa 
  2. General Information
  3. List of Accredited Agencies
  4. FAQs on Japan Visa

Types of Visa and Requirements

(i)    Choose one of visas below suitable for purpose of your travel and click the name of visa. You can find requirements for it.
(ii)    Check “IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE DOCUMENT SUBMISSION”.

    1. Visa for Tourism *Temporarily suspended.
    2. Visit Friends or Distant Relatives *Temporarily suspended.
    3. Visa for Visiting Relatives 
       (a) To visit Japanese National/Permanent Resident in Japan: a spouse, parents, children, sibling, grandparents, grandchildren may apply for a visa.  
       (b) To visit Long-term Resident in Japan: a spouse, parents, children may apply for a visa. Proof of residence of family in Japan such as "Jyuminhyo" and photocopy of "Residence Card" required.
       (c) To visit relatives other than (a) and (b) above: Explanation letter and proof of necessity of visit required (ex. medical certificate, admission letter, appointment letter etc.) 
       (d) In the case that a relative in Japan died or is under a grave condition, visa application may be acceptable with an official death/medical certificate
       (e) In the case that a relative in Japan truly needs emergent caregiving/assistance due to accident, disease or delivery, visa application may be acceptable with an official medical certificate.
    4. Visa for Commercial Purpose 
* "Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system" (photocopy) required.
    5. To attend Conference by Private/Public Organization 
* "Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system" (photocopy) required.
    6. Visit Relatives/Friends Invited by US Military Personnel (SOFA Status) 
* Explanation letter and proof of necessity of visit required (ex. medical certificate, admission letter, appointment letter etc.) 
    7. Visa for Spouse of a Japanese National living in the Philippines (Temporary Visit) 
    8. Official/Diplomat 
* For short-term business and visiting relatives (within the second degree of relationship only), proof of necessity of visit required. 
    9. Visa for house servant hired by Official/Diplomat
* Proof of necessity of visit required. 
   10. Visa for application with Certificate of Eligibility Issued in Japan (Please check here
* "Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system" (photocopy) required.  
* For "COE" on which "1584" is printed, No need "Certificate for Completion of Registratin to the ERFS sysytem"
* For “Spouse/Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse/Child of Permanent Resident” and "Long-Term Resident" are acceptable for a visa application without "Certificate for Completion of Registratin to the ERFS sysytem". For Long-Term Resident (No.3), proof of residence of spouse or parent in Japan such as "Jyuminhyo" and photocopy of "Residence Card" required.
 * For "Dependent", proof of residence of family in Japan such as "Jyuminhyo" and photocopy of "Residence Card" required.
         * For expired Certificate of Eligibility, please see this page.      
   11. Visa for Transit *Temporarily suspended.
   12. Visa for Medical Stay *Please consult with the Embassy in advance.
   13. NIKKEI-JIN (JAPANESE DESCENDANTS) *Please consult with the Embassy in advance.
   14. Visa for Filipino Parents of Japanese- Filipino Children (JFC) who are traveling to Japan with the children *Please consult with the Embassy in advance.
   15. Single- Entry Tourist Visa for Philippine Nationals Joining Package Tours Organized by Registered Travel Agencies *Temporarily suspended

If you wish to apply for a multiple-entry visa, you need to submit a form of reason for requesting a multiple-entry visa with documents to prove that you are qualified for a multiple-entry visa. In case it is not possible to issue a multiple-entry visa as a result of the examination, you may also submit the necessary documents for the single (or double) entry visa. *Temporarily suspended.

Multiple Visa
  1. Multiple Entry Visa for Tourist *Temporarily suspended.
  2. Multiple Entry Visa for Business Purpose and Cultural or Intellectual Figures *Temporarily suspended.

Extension of Re-entry Permit
Please read "NOTICE ON SPECIAL MEASURES FOR “PERMANENT RESIDENT” WHO FAILED TO RE-ENTER JAPAN AND LOST THE STATUS OF RESIDENCE DUE TO INFLUENCE OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS(COVID-19)." on here.

Sample Forms

 Application Form (sample- pdf format)
 Application Form (pdf format)
 Accepted Size of Application Photo
 Letter of Guarantee (Japanese) 
 Letter of Guarantee (English) 
 Invitation Letter (Japanese) 
 Invitation Letter (English) 
 List of Visa Applicants (Japanese)
 List of Visa Applicants (English)
 Schedule of Stay (Japanese)
 Schedule of Stay (English)
 An overview of the Company/Organization (Japanese)
 An overview of the Company/Organization (English)
 Application to Extend Re-entry Permit
 Reason For Requesting Multiple Entry Visa
 Visa Fee Exemption Request
 Family Tree (PDF)
 Family Tree (Excel)
 Family Photo Sample
 Petition (Japanese) *For expired "Permanent Resident"
 Petition (English) *For expired "Permanent Resident"
Petition (Japanese/English) * For expired Certificate of Eligibility holders (Working, Technical Intern Trainee, Student)
 Petition (Japanese/English) * For expired Certificate of Eligibility holders (Spouse/Child of Japanese National/Permanent Resident, Long-Term Resident)
Written Pledge (Individual)
   * No need to come to show this to the embassy at visa section. Please submit to Japanese quarantine at port of entry. 

For Inquiries

JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE (24 hours / 365 days)
English : (+63-2) 8299-3970
 
Manila :    (02) 8834-7514 
  E-mail Address      ryoji@ma.mofa.go.jp
Consulate-General in Cebu :   (032) 231-7321/231-7322 
  E-mail Address     cebucoj@ce.mofa.go.jp
Consulate-General in Davao :   (082) 221-3100/3200
  E-mail Address     cojd2@ma.mofa.go.jp