The Japanese Consulate or Embassy in Vietnam accepts tourist visa applications for foreign nationals including OFWs or Filipinos traveling, working or residing in Vietnam.
I recently talk about my Japan Visa Application in the Philippines and they almost have the same requirements except for working documents in Vietnam such as working permit, residence card or valid visa.
Things you need to submit:
- Passport – and xerox copy of your passport’s bio page
- Photo – 4.5 x 4.5 cm size recent photo with white background
- Visa Application Form – do not leave blank spaces. Write N/A instead.
- Birth Certificate – in some countries like UAE
- Itinerary in Japan
- Bank Certificate – submit a recent certificate from a local bank.
- Labor Contract – they ask in some cases.
- Work Permit (original and copy) – they ask this in some countries.
- Valid Working Visa (xerox copy) – do not apply if you don’t have a business or working visa. If you will submit a labor contract and work permits using a Tourist Visa, you are presenting yourself as an illegal worker in the eyes of Japanese immigration officers. In some countries, a valid working or business visa will do.
- Letter of Employment
Things to note when applying for a visa:
If one document is missing, don’t expect them to call you back. You will not be getting your visa or your application will be denied, instantly!
Tourist Visa Fees
Applying for Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines is gratis. However, the embassy only accepts bulk applications from accredited agencies and service charge are ranging from 800 to 3,500 pesos in different cases.
The Embassy of Japan in Abu Dhabi issue visas to Filipinos living or registered residence of Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain. OFWs in Dubai and the rest of UAE can apply at the Consulate in Dubai.
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Source: Japanese Embassy in United Arab Emirates
Vietnam (Southeast Asia)
Applying tourist visa in Vietnam might be harder compared to other countries. Here, you will need to wait for hours just to get inside the consulate or embassy. Some people need to come back the next day since the consulate only accept application until noon.
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Source: Japanese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City
Submit your application
Unlike in the Philippines, we can just hop on to one of the accredited agencies of the Japanese Embassy in Manila. In Vietnam for example, you will need to queue outside the consulate or embassy to pay and submit your application.
Time for a visa submission for most of the Japanese Consulates and Embassies is from 8:30 to 11:30 am every day from Monday to Friday. Receipts will be issued after submission. The records review usually takes 5 working days. Depending on the purpose of entry, the embassy might require additional documents needed. If necessary, the consulate will invite you for an interview and the visa processing time might take longer than 5 days.
To know more about applying tourist visa to Japan, it is recommended to call your nearest consulate or embassy if information about consular services does not exist on their website.
Have you applied before? Feel free to leave your experience below.