Are you planning to visit Japan as a tourist and clueless about how to get a hold of a tourist visa? Be not a worrywart. Here are some tips based on experience.
- Two copies of 2×2 pictures [white background]
- Invitation Letter from the guarantor if you have [with the red ribbon]
- Passport [over 6 months validity]
- Photos to prove the relationship of the guarantor
- Visa application form [the travel agency will provide for it]
- Bank statement of the tourist [this is a supporting document]
- Bank statement of the guarantor [this is important]
How was the application process?
It was a smooth process.
How did I get a hold of the tourist visa for Japan?
Firstly, I traveled to Japan as a tourist with a guarantor, that is my boyfriend. He has been working in the Philippines for quite some time and that I supposed was the reason why the process was smooth.
A red ribbon for the invitation letter was not necessary. Getting a red ribboned invitation letter is something that takes time. Good thing, it wasn’t a requirement. All he had to do was wrote the invitation letter in Cebu.
Proof of the relationship
To prove that we are truly in a relationship, we handed over 20 photos of our travels.
Since he was my guarantor, we made sure to get a bank certificate from his bank. I also got mine even though my bank statement was not necessary. His would suffice according to the agency. However, we made sure we had more than enough supporting documents
Tourist Visa Application
After gathering all the documents necessary, we went to Friendship Travel and Tours (the agency). It is located in Oakridge Mandaue Cebu, City. They have a Japanese representative which was a good thing because my boyfriend talk was able to talk to her about visa details.
After the application, the waiting game began. The minimum number of days to wait is for 2 or 3 days but since there were holidays at that time, I had to wait for five days. That was not a problem though. I got a text message from the agency and was so grateful to God. It was approved. My two weeks request was granted. Yes, two weeks. It was my first time in Japan so he said that we should make the most of it, stay at his home longer and visit pretty sights. And so I did! That was the most memorable trip by far.
Have questions on your mind? Feel free to ask me. Good luck with your visa process!🇯🇵