Visiting Friends or Distant Relatives Visa

Visiting friends or distant relatives residing in Japan.

requirements(All documents must be original unless otherwise stated)
  • Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies.
  • Application form should be filled out all items correctly, if item is not applicable, please fill in [N/A].
  • Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the form, or with erasures, may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.
  • Specs: 45mm long x 35mm wide, with white background.
  • Photo must be taken within 6 months. No eyeglasses
  • Please write the applicant's name and birthdate on the back side of the photo.
  • Photo must be pasted on the application form.


  • If the Birth certificate is unreadable, or has incomplete information, submit the Birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.
  • If the Birth certificate is "late registration," submit a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137)
  • If there is no record in PSA, submit a Birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and a "Negative Certificate" issued by PSA


  • If the marriage certificate is unreadable, or has incomplete information, submit the Marriage certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.
  • If there is no record in PSA, submit a Marriage certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and a "Negative Certificate" issued by PSA
  • Validity of Bank Certificate is three (3) months from the date of issue
  • Describe the relationship between Applicant and Inviter in detail
  • must be issued within three (3) months


            - If inviter/guarantor is not Japanese, submit his/her  photocopy of Residence Card (both sides).

  • If you are friends, submit photos, E-mails, receipt of remittance or parcel, photocopy of passport including stamps of friend’s country, etc.
  • If you are relatives beyond the third degree, submit Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Koseki-tohon.

(To show guarantor’s precise capability to pay, submission of some of the following is allowed.)

  • must be issued within three (3) months, Submission of Withholding Slip (GENSEN CHOSHUHYO) in lieu of (14) is unacceptable.
  • Please note that tax certificates to be submitted must indicate gross income amount.
  • Guarantor's Income Certificates, etc., is important in measuring the guarantor's capability to support the applicant therefore, submission of more than one document (e.g. Income Certificate and Bank Certificate) is allowed
  • Visa applications of foreigners who are on short-term (temporary) visa in the Philippines cannot be accepted. Please apply at the Japan Embassy/Consulate General with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant resides or over the country of which the applicant passport was issued.
  1. Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages.
  2. Applicants are exempted from submitting (4) and (5) indicated above if they can submit old/valid passports with used Japan visa.
  3. It is applicant's responsibility to ensure that he/she meet 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).
  4. Submission of requirements does not guarantee issuance of visa.
  5. If document submitted for application is verified by Embassy or Consular Office as fake or tampered, visa is not issued.
  6. Documents submitted for application will not be returned.
  7. Applicants are given one (1) month to submit additional requirements. Otherwise application will be terminated.
  8. Reason for the denial of visa will not be disclosed even if an inquiry is made. At the same time, if a visa application is denied, applicant may only re-apply for the same purpose after (6) months.

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