I always wanted to go to Japan and initially planned it as the last country I’ll visit. However, since I went home to the Philippines last January 2020, I decided to make this a side-trip to add a new country on my list. I applied to the Japan Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia where I got my Five Year Multiple Entry Japan Tourist Visa for free within an hour.

If you want to apply for it in the Philippines, you can read this article.

Japan is a gorgeous country, and I visited Tokyo and Osaka just this year. Filipinos can also get a Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines. It’s free; however, you may need to pay an accredited travel agency as you can’t apply directly to the Embassy. Check out how you can get a Japan Visa!

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Who can apply for a Multiple-Entry Japan Tourist Visa?

1. Those who have traveled to Japan as a temporary visitor within the last three years and is financially capable of supporting trip(s) to Japan

2. A person who has traveled to Japan as a temporary visitor within the last three years and has traveled to other G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US) several times within the last three years

3. Those who have high sufficient financial capacity

4. Immediate family member (Spouse or Child/ren) of the person with high sufficient financial capacity

Multiple Entry Japan Visa at a Glance

Validity: One to Five Years
Entries: Multiple (15, 30 or 90 days)
Processing: 5 days
Where to Apply: via Accredited Travel Agency

Multiple Entry Tourist Japan Visa Requirements

Make sure you are an eligible applicant, the one stated above. Please do submit the documents in A4 size paper.

1. Explanation Letter

How to Get Five Year Multiple Entry Japan Visa for Filipinos

Use the Request for a Multiple Entry Visa Form. Here you can state the reason why you are requesting Five Years Japan Visa.

I asked for a five-year visa rather than a single entry since I’m planning to go back to other areas with Jon. It will save me money in the long run as there is no Embassy in Montenegro.

2. Philippine Passport

This must be signed, valid, and has at least 2 blank pages. Broken Passports are not accepted.

3. Visa Application Form

How to Apply For A Japan Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport

You can download this Application Form. Remember to fill up everything, use [N/A] if it’s not applicable. Please also sign and date the form. Wrong information and blank items may result in your application being denied. If possible, you make it neat and clean, too. Here’s a sample filled-up application form.

4. Photo

4.5 x 4.5 cm with white background and taken within the last 6 months. Write your name and birthdate on the backside of the picture. Please paste this on the application form.

5. Schedule of Stay

How to Apply For A Japan Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport

You may use this form. Make sure it’s neat and realistic.

Additional Requirements under Category 1

Those who have traveled to Japan as a temporary visitor within the last three years and is financially capable of supporting trip(s) to Japan

Philippine Passport

1. Proof of Travel to Japan in the Last Three Years

Old or recent passport with a used temporary visitor visa and entry/exit stamps

2. Income Tax Return of Applicant

Clear Photocopy of the latest Income Tax Return

3. Proof of Financial Capacity

Pass a Bank Certificate. You can also add your titles like Certificate of Stocks, Land Titles, Real Estate Contracts, etc. Certificate of Employment or DTI/SEC Registration Certificates may also be submitted as additional proof.

Additional Requirements under Category 2

A person who has traveled to Japan as a temporary visitor within the last three years and has traveled to other G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US) several times within the last three years.

1. Proof of Travel to Japan in the Last Three Years

Old or recent passport with a used temporary visitor visa and entry/exit stamps

2. Proof of Several Travels to G7 Countries in the last three years

Other countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US. Pass old or recent passport with entry visas and stamps. If you don’t have stamps, you might as well send an official travel history.

Additional Requirements under Category 3

Those who have high sufficient financial capacity Proof of Travel to Japan in the Last Three Years

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1. PSA Birth Certificate

  • Issued within one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Centers
  • If the PSA birth certificate is unreadable or with incomplete information, you pass it with a birth certificate issued by a Local Civil Registrar
  • If it’s “late registration,” then submit an additional baptismal certificate or Form 137 from your school during elementary or High School
  • Submit a “Certificate of Non-Record,” if there’s no PSA Record, with a birth certificate from Local Civil Registrar

2. Marriage Certificate

  • Issued within one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Centers

3. Income Tax Return

  • Clear Photocopy of the latest Income Tax Return

4. Proof of Financial Capacity

Pass a Bank Certificate. You can also add your titles like Certificate of Stocks, Land Titles, Real Estate Contracts, etc. Certificate of Employment or DTI/SEC Registration Certificates may also be submitted as additional proof.

Additional Requirements under Category 4

Immediate family member (Spouse or Child/ren) of the person with high sufficient financial capacity

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1. Income Tax Return of the Guarantor

Clear Photocopy of the latest Income Tax Return of the Guarantor

2. Guarantor’s Proof of Financial Capacity

Pass Guarantor’s Bank Certificate. You can also add your titles his/her Certificate of Stocks, Land Titles, Real Estate Contracts, and etc. Certificate of Employment or DTI/SEC Registration Certificates may also be submitted as additional proof.

3. PSA Birth Certificate (if Child/ren is applying)

  • Issued within one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Centers
  • If the PSA birth certificate is unreadable or with incomplete information, you pass it with a birth certificate issued by a Local Civil Registrar
  • If it’s “late registration,” then submit an additional baptismal certificate or Form 137 from your school during elementary or High School
  • Submit a “Certificate of Non-Record,” if there’s no PSA Record, with a birth certificate from Local Civil Registrar

4. Marriage Certificate (if Spouse is applying)

  • Issued within one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Centers

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Tips on How to Get a Five Year Multiple Entry Japan Visa

  • The embassy does not state how much money you should have to obtain a five-year multiple-entry Japan visa. However, you need to show that you are financially capable of traveling to Japan in the next five years. Most agencies would advise a PHP 10,000 per person per day budget, so if you travel for ten days, you’ll need at least PHP 100,000. In case you want to travel once every year, it should be more than that, and you should be earning money or income, too.
  • I submitted a Bank Statement under my name for proof that I’m financially capable of traveling for the next 5 years. I showed both my Peso savings in the Philippines and my Montenegrin Bank Account. Might as well, show them your savings – be it personal, checking, or time deposit.
  • A Certificate of Employment is not required; however, it can be of great use. This will show how many years you’ve been in the company, your position, and your annual salary. From there, they can check if you can afford to travel in the next five years.
  • If you have a business, it’s better to register it with DTI or SEC and pay income taxes regularly. You can also attach this to your application even though it’s not required.
  • You can also submit Titles of your Properties. I showed my Original Real Estate Purchase Contract with the value of our property, and the title is under my name (and my husband’s).
  • I also submitted a flight ticket reservation and hotel reservation for my initial stay. You can do this too.
  • If you have been too G7 countries, you can also submit your stamps and old passports even if it’s not required under your category
  • Try submitting a cover letter explaining why you want the five-year visa. Also, mention the requirements attached and arrange them neatly during your submission.
  • P.S. If the Embassy doesn’t think you can go for a five-year multiple-entry Japan visa, you may get one to four or a single entry visa
  • Pray!

Embassy or Consulate Addresses in the Philippines

Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

2627 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, 1300
(02) 834-7514
[email protected]
ph.emb-japan.go.jp

Consulate-General of Japan in Davao

4th Floor, BI Zone Building,
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City
(63-82) 221-3100

Consular Office of Japan in Cebu

7th Floor Keppel Center
Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
(63-32) 231-7321, 231-7322

I hope this guide will help you get a Five Year Multiple Entry Japan Visa. The Land of the Rising Sun is such a stunning country that you want to visit in all seasons. Spring and autumn are gorgeous and colorful; winter is also fun with all the snow, and so are the summer Festivals. You won’t regret coming back again and again because the beauty is not only with the spots but also through their people. Good luck and happy travels!

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