Do you have a Japan Visa? Were you planning to go to Japan but have changed your plans? This article will update tell you the announcements of the Japan Embassy in the Philippines. It will also inform you of what to do with our visas due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Filipinos need a Japan Visa to enter Japan. The single-entry visa is good for 3 months and will allow you to enter depending on the days stated on your visa. Should you not be able to use it, please read further on what to do. In case you also have pending travel, please also take note of some restrictions.
Japan Embassy Directory
Consular Office of Japan in Cebu
7th Floor Keppel Center
Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Contact Number: (63-32) 231-7321, 231-7322
Consulate-General of Japan in Davao
4th Floor, BI Zone Building,
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada,
Davao City 8000
Contact Number: (63-82) 221-3100
Japan Visa Issuance FAQs
Is the Embassy Stopping the Issuance of visas to Japan?
So far, there are no announcements about stopping visa issuances in the Philippines.
Are there people who will be automatically refused for a Japan Visa?
Yes, those who have traveled or will travel to affected places, e.g., China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, or San Marina and are arriving within 14 days in Japan, will be rejected.
Is there an additional requirement for Japan Visa?
Yes, as per the Embassy, you need to fill in a Japan Visa that’s related to your travel history or plans.
Is the Embassy closed due to community quarantine?
The Japan Embassy and its consulates in Cebu and Davao are still open. However, as per this announcement, the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) is closed to the general public from March 16 – April 12, 2020.
Library staffs of JICC are there to receive applications for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program. Scholarship consultations are canceled. However, you can communicate with them through email or telephone. Contact details are [email protected] for MEXT Scholarship, [email protected] for JET Program, and 8551-5710 loc. 4210 or 2313.
I have an unused visa, what will I do?
If you are still planning to go to Japan, the Embassy says to please apply again. You may follow the same procedure and documentation.
Do I need to state that I have an unused visa due to coronavirus?
Not necessarily as per the Embassy. In case you want to be sure, you can submit a cover letter and a copy of your unused visa.
Will this affect my visa application?
Not necessarily, your application will be based on the documents you have submitted.
Can I submit a cover letter, what should be inside it?
Yes, you can. You can write that you were not able to use it due to coronavirus outbreak and canceled flights. You can also submit a copy of your unused visa. You can avail of our cover letter writing services.
Are there documents I don’t need to renew?
So far, an extension of the validity of documents is only for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) as per this announcement. Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Ministry of Justice; this is usually for those who have sponsors in Japan. Instead of being 3 months valid, it will be extended to 6 months.
Japan Visa Novel Coronavirus Announcements
- Not allowed to enter Japan – those who traveled to the following places 14 days before traveling to Japan
- People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Hubei, Zhejiang Province
- Republic of Korea(ROK)- Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongsan-si, Andong-si, Yeongcheon-si, Chilgok-gun, Uiseonggun, Seongju-gun, Cheongdo-gum, Gunwi-gun
- Iran – Qom, Tehran, Gilan, Mazandaran, Isfahan, Alborz, Markazi, Qazvin, Semnan, Golestan, Lorestan Province
- Italy – Lombardia, Veneto, Emilia, Romagna, Marche, Piemonte
- Republic of San Marino(SMR)
- Aboard a passenger ship that carries a risk of being afflicted by the coronavirus
- Visa applicants who will plan to travel to the following 14 days before entry to Japan shall not be accepted.
- Those with visas or exemptions which are stopping by or coming from mentioned places shall be denied entry.
- False declarations in the questionnaire resulting in a visa issuance – your visa will be null and void once it is revealed you had false declarations
- If you do land on Japan and had false declarations (e.g., you stated you didn’t travel to South Korea but did) you might be imprisoned, imposed a fine and deported
So far, these are the updates and announcements made by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. Should you need more information, please feel free to contact the Embassy, contact details are provided above. We will regularly update this article for your convenience. Keep safe and stay at home!
About the Writer
Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.