Japan relaxes visa requirements for Filipinos

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The Japanese government relaxed the visa requirements for nationals of the Republic of the Philippines beginning August 1, 2018.

“[T]he relaxation of visa requirements for short-term stay for nationals of the Philippines was decided in order to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines, and will come into effect on August 1, 2018,” the Japanese Embassy in Manila said.

There are three measures for the said relaxation: first, the scope of applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay with business purposes and for cultural and intellectual figures will be expanded; second, the validity period of the visas will be extended from 5 years to 10 years maximum; third, the above mentioned relaxation of visa requirements is expected to contribute to improvement of convenience for tourists and increase in repeat visitors as well as further advancement of people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines.

“The visa is for the purpose of business affairs for the first visit, but from the second visit it is possible to use as tourist or visiting to relatives/ acquaintances as well. But it is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration,” the Japanese embassy said.

For business purposes, qualified individuals together with his/her spouse or children are:

(1) A regular employee of a public (government) enterprise
(2) An employee of a private company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and third countries)
(3) A regular employee of a Japanese-affiliated company which is a member of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and has a management base in Japan
(4) A regular employee of a joint venture company, a subsidiary company or a branch office of a company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and the third countries)
(5) A regular employee of a private company with constant business transactions with a Japanese company which is listed on the stock exchange
(6) A regular employee of a company among the “Top 1,000 Philippine corporations in terms of gross revenue”
(7) A regular employee with a travel record to Japan for business purpose and travel records as temporary visitor to G7 countries (except Japan) in the last three years
(8) A regular employee with more than three travel records to Japan for business purpose in the last three years

For cultural or intellectual figures, qualified individuals together with his/her spouse or children are:

(1) An artist (Fine Art, Literary Art, Music, Stage Play, Dance etc.) , a specialist in humanities (Literature, Law, Economics etc.), or a scientist (Technology, Medicine etc.) who has relevant accomplishments
(2) A lawyer, certified public accountant, patent attorney, judicial scrivener, notary, medical doctor who has a national or international qualification and actually working as the same position.
(3) An amateur sports player who has relevant accomplishments
(4) A full-time professor, assistant professor, or lecturer of a university or a college
(5) A director or higher post of a national or public research institution or a museum
(6) A Diet member, government official, local assemblyman, local government official

Requirements include Philippine passport; Visa Application Form (Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies); Photo (4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background); Employment Certificate (with applicant’s salary, tenure and position) or Certificate of Business Name Registration for business owner; documents to prove qualification; Explanation letter for requesting multiple-entry visa; A letter of explanation stating the reason of applying for the multiple visa (letter of mission or travel requisition by employer, etc.) *for business purpose; and documents to prove kinship.

Sources: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000596.html; http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000386537.pdf