Is it easy to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa? Yes, but of course, we have to comply with the requirements.
In 2005, Philippines is second from China for the most number of visas issued by Japan. Through the years, Japan has always been one of the most visited countries of travelers from all walks of life.
There is a total of 68 countries and regions with visa exemption to Japan for a short term stay. For the not so lucky Filipinos, we have to apply a tourist visa to visit Japan.
How much is the damage?
Visa application is actually free but agencies always ask for visa processing fees. It all depends on the travel agency and the kind of visa that you want to apply. Visa for the purpose of tourism varies from P800 (promo, especially on travel fairs) to P1500 and for a visa to visit relatives and friends (price is higher like P2500). Normally, Japan Visa application processing takes about 7 to 10 business days but it takes shorter for recurrent visitors.
Click this link to view the list of accredited agencies. Accredited agencies has International Air Transport Association (IATA )accreditation, which allows them to transact with travel agents and airlines worldwide. As for me, I transacted with JLT Travel & Tours and the processing took 6 business days. I found this agency during a travel fair in Trinoma mall. Though JLT Travel & Tours is not an accredited agency, I didn’t worry because their agency has a license. My friends processed their visas with Reli Tours and it took them 4 days only.
So friends, I encourage you to visit Japan, not just for a short vacation but for a hiatus. It is indeed one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I would definitely go back again. 🙂