A Reunion with loved ones in Japan - now made possible with the Visiting Friends and Relatives Visa


Have a long-awaited reunion with your friends and family in Japan! Surely, your trip to Japan will be much more memorable with your loved ones by your side. Luckily, this can be made possible through application for a Japan Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) Visa.

Note: Requirements and or entry policies change from time to time, so make sure to call your Japan Visa experts or the Embassy of Japan before submitting any application. -- Updated as of August 1, 2022


What you need to know about a Japan Visiting Friends and Relatives Visa:


Those who wish to travel to Japan to see their family and friends are eligible for this sort of visa (This is applicable if the applicant and the relative in Japan are related in the first, second, or third degree). The documents needed for this type of visa application are different from those required from tourist applicants, and further steps are taken to process it.

To find out if you’re eligible to apply for a VFR visa, we will guide you through the steps and procedures.


Who is eligible to apply for a Japan Visitor's Visa to see friends and family?


Only the following are considered to be eligible for a letter of invitation:


  • Spouse and children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents and grandchildren
  • Uncle and Aunties
  • Nephews and Niece
  • Fiancé


In all other circumstances, a person who is more distant than a third-degree relative must wait until the Japanese Embassy relaxes the restrictions on the types of relationships that are considered acceptable before applying, unless they have an urgent reason to visit Japan right away, such as attending a wedding or relative's home for a medical emergency or funeral.

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Requirements needed to apply for the Japan Visiting Friends and Relatives Visa:

  • Valid Philippine Passport
  • Visa Application Form 
  • 4.5mm x 3.5mm photo w/ white background (must be taken within 6 months)
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (if married)
  • PSA Birth Certificate as Proof of Relationship (if the inviter is relative)
  • Pictures together (if the inviter is a Friend or Distant relative)
  • Invitation Letter from Guarantor in Japan
  • Family Registration (Koseki Tohon) of the relatives in Japan and the Guarantor
  • Copy of Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident certificate of a relative in Japan (both sides)
  • Residence Certificate (Juminhyo) of the Guarantor in Japan
  •  [If an applicant will shoulder part or all of his/her travel expenses]
    • Personal Bank Certificate
    • Applicant's Income Tax Return (Form 2316 or Form 1701) clear Photocopy (latest)
  •  [If Guarantor in Japan will shoulder part or all of the applicant's travel expenses]
    • Guarantee Letter
    • Income Certificate (Shotoku Shomeisho) from City Hall, Tax Return Certificates with Gross Income (Nouzeishomeisho: Form 2) from Tax Office, KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO).

(Note: Guarantor’s Income credential etc. is important in measuring the guarantor’s capability. Therefore, submission of more than (1) document (e.g. Income Certificate and Bank Certificate) is allowed)

Reminders regarding Visa Requirements:

1. Size of the document for application should be A4 size only. If the document is another size, please submit a copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages.

2. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that he/she meets the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant's economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).

3. Submission of requirements does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.

4. If a document submitted for application is verified by the Embassy or Consular Office as fake or tampered with, a visa is not issued.

5. Documents submitted for application will not be returned.

6. Applicants are given three (3) months to submit additional requirements. Otherwise, the application will be terminated.

7. Reason for the denial of a visa will not be disclosed even if an inquiry is made. At the same time, if a visa application is denied, the applicant may only re-apply for the same purpose after (6) months.

How to apply for a Japan Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) Visa:

Universal Holidays, Inc. (UHI) offers a quick and reliable way to apply for a VFR Visa. As one of the accredited Travel Agencies of the Japan Embassy, UHI takes the utmost care in ensuring that the documents for Visa applications will be thoroughly carried out.

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