Japanese Embassy here issues visa application advisory

Published October 17, 2020, 1:54 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines has released an advisory on the changes in the scope of acceptance of visa applications for Filipino travelers to Japan.

POEA said that the advisory emphasized the inclusion of eligible Filipino travelers under the “Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel” – a “special quota on the entry into and departure from Japan” which covers technical intern trainees and specified skilled workers.

“Applicants may directly visit the embassy for their own visa application while students and technical intern trainees whose sending or accepting organization is the same can apply through a representative with authorization letters from every applicant,” POEA said.

POEA explained that for short-term stay for business, required documents for visa application include visa application form with attached photo, passport, certificate of employment, invitation letter, letter of guarantee, and a written pledge. “The embassy may also request for additional requirements if necessary, as well as denied visa acceptance for incomplete requirements,” it added.

Visa application is from Mondays to Fridays from 8:40 a.m. to 11 a.m. except embassy holidays. “Also, the embassy does not accept applications after the said accepting time,” POEA said.

POEA noted that prior to visit to the embassy, applicants are also advised to first contact its hotlines as the embassy is “strictly implementing appointment schedule and social distancing measures as preventive measures against COVID-19.”

Applicants were urged to check the complete list of documentary requirements at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html.