Pack your bags! Japan Embassy now allows visa application for individual tourists

Pack your bags! Japan Embassy now allows visa application for individual tourists

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Issuance of visas based on eased procedures will start on October 11

MANILA, Philippines – Revenge travelers, time to include Japan on your next destination list! 

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines announced on Tuesday, October 4, that they are now accepting applications for all kinds of visas, including temporary visitor for individual travel, visiting friends, and multiple-entry. 

Previously, Japan only allowed entry to visitors who have package tours arranged by a travel agency. 

According to its website, travelers are also no longer required to register to ERFS – their Entrants, Returnee Follow-Up System, while an inviter’s written pledge is also no longer needed for those visiting friends. 

The embassy said that the issuance of visas based on these eased procedures will start on October 11. Also starting October 11, the suspension of validity of multiple-entry visa and the APEC Business Travel Card will be lifted, while visa exemption arrangements will also resume. 

However, the embassy said that “Philippine nationals are not subject to the visa exemption arrangements and required to obtain an appropriate visa.” 

If travelers need to enter Japan on or before October 10, they have to apply for a visa based on previous procedures. 

Additionally, all Japan entrants and returnees who have three doses of COVID-19 vaccine accredited by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in their valid vaccination certificates are no longer required to acquire a negative certificate. 

“Other entrants or returnees need to obtain a negative test result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours prior to departure,” they added. 

Additional details about requirements and process for Japan’s visa application as of October 2022 can be found here. – Rappler.com 

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