Passport Renewal: A Guide For Filipinos in Japan

Are you a gaijin in Japan and your passport is expiring soon? I’ll be sharing with you my personal experience when I went to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo for my passport renewal last January 12, 2018. This might help you somehow.

Necessary Requirements for Passport Renewal in Japan

1. Personal Appearance

No sleeveless. No slippers.

2. Photocopy of your old passport

Data page:

the page with your photo and information

the last page of your passport

amendment page if applicable

3. Letter Pack Envelope ¥512

4. Duly accomplished application form

Note: Beforehand, I  printed out forms which I downloaded from the website but when I arrived there, they said the government had updated it. There was a new version so my hard copies were useless.

5. Passport fee ¥7,800

Passport Renewal in the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo Personal Experience

It was a Friday when I went to the Philippine Embassy to renew my passport. Luckily, my managers allowed me to take time off from work to  process my passport. The Embassy is located in Roppongi. It’s not that far from Ikebukuro. I took the JR Yamanote Line and transferred to Yoyogi Station for the subway Toei Oedo Line bound to Roppongi. It took me 30 minutes more or so. It wasn’t my first time hence, no sweat. When I arrived there, one of the staff handed me the new application form which I filled in. After that, I was in a queue. When it’s my turn, I showed the documents that I saw on the website. Everything was okay except for my letter pack envelope, I had none. I thought I could buy it inside but I had to go to Family Mart to buy it. Before going to Family Mart, I paid the passport fee. It’s 7,800 ye. Right after that, I headed out to buy the letter pack envelope. I searched for it around the convenience store but I saw none. When I asked the clerk, she got it, showed it to me and I realized they don’t put it on display with the other goods. So, be sure to ask the clerk directly than wasting time looking for it. When I got back to the embassy, I didn’t have to fall in line, I just gave the letter pack envelope to the staff and he asked me to fill in the blank spaces with my name, address, and the postal code. When I was done filling it in, he instructed me to go inside the room for biometrics, data verification, encoding, and picture taking. It didn’t take long when they called my number. For less than two hours, I finished the process

Passport Validity

They advised me to wait for about two months. But you know what? I didn’t wait for two months because yesterday, I got my renewed passport. It only took a month. What’s more? It’s valid for 10 years! Mabuhay!

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  1. Chyn lihaylihay sato says:

    Ang hirap nyo pong tawagan ma’am sir. Dapat po sumagot kayu nandito po kayu sa japan dapat maganda serbisyo nyo sa mga tao. What for may mga phones kayu?. Psensya sa comment nakalagay dito I’D BE HAPPU TO READ A COMMENT FROM YOU. So sana no offends. Thank you

    1. Bethy says:

      Hi! Maam Chyn, you can send me an email if you wanna ask me something in private. I’m not a staff sa Philippine Embassy pala so I can’t answer everything po. And hindi ko po ni.lagay yung phone number ko kasi personal po. Only my family knows. Please e-mail or contact me on Instagram. tinkerbethy89 or Facebook Ybethy Bocao.:)

  2. Kaz says:

    Thank you for sharing your great tips.:)

    1. Bethy says:

      I just wanna help.:)

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