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Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

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Visa and Travel Information

Step #1

  • If you need a visa, check how and when you can apply for a visa: General Rules & Processing Time
  • If you do NOT need a visa, skip to STEP #6 .

Step #3

Visa Information

Who needs a visa.

  • The Visa Waiver Program applies based on your nationality, NOT on your U.S. residence status (including green card).

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General Rules for Visa Application

Application procedure & processing time.

  • In general, it takes 5 business days to issue a visa. (ex., If you apply on Monday, you can pick up a visa next Monday. Our holidays are not counted as business days.)
  • It may take more than one month depending on the visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa approximately 1.5 months before your departure date. We do NOT have expedited services.

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Types of Visas & Application Documents

  • Please click on the applicable box below to see application documents on each visa. 
  • If you intend to stay in Japan more than 90 days, please click on the "COE Holders" box.
  • The online application for a short-term tourism visa ( single entry only, and only for the purpose of tourism ) is available. For further information, please click on the “Short-term Tourism/Business/Study” box below.  

Short-term Tourism/Business/Study

Application drop-off/pick-up & payment Hours

  • No appointment required.
  • No parking available.
  • Please check our holidays before visiting.
  • In case of adverse weather conditions, Embassy of Japan follows the guideline of U.S. Federal Government. When the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are "closed" or "delayed", Embassy of Japan along with VISA section will be closed/delayed accordingly.
  • The Embassy will NOT accept any applications by mail.

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  • US citizens are exempt from visa fees. (Some countries and regions are also exempt from visa fees. Please check the Visa Fee Exempt list to find out if your visa fee is waived. )
  • Applicants who have applied for a visa online are required to bring a printed copy of “Registration Information Form” to the Embassy for your payment (payment is only acceptable in the afternoon). *Applicants who has applied for evisa (online visa) on or after 10th July are eligible for online payment ( Details / Video ).
  • We accept CASH only. We DO NOT accept personal checks and credit cards.

Information on Border Measures

Covid-19 travel guidelines.

  • On-arrival surveillance for travelers and returnees with COVID-19 symptoms has been conducted since 12:00 am (JST) on May 8, 2023.
  • Insurance Before Entrance
  • Guidebook for when you are feeling ill  

Visiting Japan

  • After April 29, 2023, pre-registration for quarantine procedures on Visit Japan Web are no longer required, however, you can still use Visit Japan Web to pre-register for "Immigration", "Customs" and "Tax-free Shopping Service" (Optional).   
  • For information about traveling with minor(s), please read our FAQ . 

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Staying in Japan

  • Be aware of traffic rules in Japan
  • Nice to Meet You! Let's Be Friends!
  • Study in Japan
  • Japanese pension law
  • Information on Local Call Centers
  • It is a CRIME to sell or give a bank account without just cause.
  • Roadmap for the Realization of a Society of Harmonious Coexistence with Foreign Nationals
  • Comprehensive Measures for Acceptance and Coexistence of Foreign Nationals
  • A daily life support portal for foreign nationals
  • Guidebook on Living and Working
  • New to Japan? Useful pages for foreign nationals

Frequently Asked Questions

Recommended Information

Visa Hotline

  • Consular Section: Embassy of Japan, 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Office Hours: Application Drop-off/ M-F 9:15am-12:00pm Visa Pick-up/ M-F 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Contact Us: 202-238-6800/ M-F 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Japan Visa Information Hotline (Available in English/Vietnamese/Russian/Ukrainian) 1-202-499-1468 Domestic call fee applies, 24hours, 7days/week
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  • Information Related to COVID-19 - JapanGov
  • Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • TeCOT (COVID-19 Testing Center for Overseas Travelers) - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Vaccination Certificate for Overseas Travel - Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory information - Japan National Tourism Organization

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Japan: the Official Guide

Japan National Tourism Organization

General tourism information of Japan in multi languages. Climate, Healthcare, Money, Visa, Emergency info, etc. WEB: http://www.jnto.go.jp/

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Open for Professionals

Japan External Trade Organization

The Government of Japan strongly welcomes highly-skilled foreign professionals. WEB: https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/hrportal/

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Disaster Prevention Portal

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Portal Site for Disaster Prevention in a Tokyo Inland Earthquake Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. WEB: http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/

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Safety Tips

Safety tips is an app to push notify the disaster information of Japan. Download the app from the website as follow; WEB: http://www.jnto.go.jp/safety-tips/

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Japan Weather Forecast for Travelers

Weather forecast in English for travelers. WEB: http://www.jnto.go.jp/weather/eng/index.php

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Japan Meteorological Agency

WEB: http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

Embassies, Visas, Customs and other Tourism Related Information

  • Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions Overseas [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Visas – Guide to Japanese Visas – [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Customs – Procedures of Passenger Clearance – [Japan Customs]
  • The Working Holiday Programmes in Japan [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Animal Quarantine [Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries]
  • Plant Protection Station [Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries]

Studying and Teaching

  • Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Gateway to study in Japan [Japan Student Services Organization]
  • Erin's Challenge! I can speak Japanese [The Japan Foundation]
  • Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture [The Japan Foundation]
  • Portal Site on Policies for Foreign Residents [Cabinet Office]
  • The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET)

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JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FORM: Sample + How to Fill it Out

JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FORM: Sample + How to Fill it Out

By continuing to read this article, you agree to double check with the authorities or other concerned entities for the latest updates.

Whether you’re applying for a Japan Tourist Visa or a Visit Visa, the first thing you need to do is to get hold of a copy of the application form and fill it out appropriately. You can get a copy from the agency where you will be applying. But if you want to take care of it before you go to the agency, you can download a copy of the application form below with instructions.

Download the form here

How to fill out japan visa application form.

First, a few important reminders.

  • Complete the form either by hand or electronically. Either is accepted. If you go the hand-written route, make sure that you write in block letters and that they are readable.
  • In fields that don’t apply to you, write NA. Don’t leave any field blank.
  • Print the form in an A4-size paper. Other sizes will be rejected.
  • Paste a photo on the designated area. PASTE! DO NOT STAPLE! The photo must have been taken within the past 6 months.
  • Use a black pen or font. Do not use pencil or one of those erasable pens.
  • Avoid erasures! If it can’t be helped, use double line (2 strikethroughs). If there are too many erasures, start over. Never ever use correction tape or liquid.

Here are some parts of the form that you might have questions about. For the purpose of explanation, I filled out the form in big blue letters just to make it obvious. But when you complete your form, use BLACK.

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  • Given and middle names: Write both your given name AND your middle name (your mom’s last name).
  • Other names: If you have a pen name or nickname or if you’re known by any other name, write it down. If none, write N/A.
  • Place of birth: If you have no province and you’re born in Metro Manila, write METRO MANILA. For example, if you were born in Makati, write: Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines .
  • Former and/or other nationalities or citizenships: Only if you have one. Write N/A if you have none.
  • ID No. issued to you by your government: Any government-issued ID will do. I have tried using UMID. My cousin used Driver’s License. A few times, I wrote the passport number here too, I didn’t have any problem.
  • Passport type: Ordinary.
  • Passport number: Double check. Make sure it’s correct.
  • Place of issue: You can write the city name. In the case of Manila, you can write MANILA. You can also be specific. I usually write DFA NCR EAST, because that’s what’s on my passport.
  • Issuing authority: DFA.

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  • Purpose of visit to Japan: If applying as a tourist, write TOURISM. If you’re visiting a friend or family, write VISIT FRIEND/FAMILY.
  • Intended length of stay in Japan: Number of days including the day of arrival.
  • Port of entry into Japan: Name of the airport. It can be Kansai, Narita, Chitose, etc.
  • Name of ship or airline: Just the name of the airline or the ship. It doesn’t matter if you’re already booked or not. If you’re concerned about funds, write a low-cost carrier like CEBU PACIFIC or JETSTAR.
  • Names and addresses of hotels or persons with whom applicant intends to stay: If applying as a tourist, write down the name, address and telephone number of your hotel. If you don’t know the exact address or telephone number of your hotel, Google it! If applying to visit someone in Japan, write their name, address, and contact number.
  • Dates and duration of previous stays in Japan. Write N/A if it’s your first time in Japan. If you’ve been to Japan before write the inclusive dates of your previous visits and the number of days. If you’ve been to Japan many times and it won’t fit, use a separate sheet and indicate it on the form.

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  • Your current residential address: If you have more than one address, list them all on a separate sheet.
  • Telephone number: If you don’t have a landline number, write N/A.
  • Current profession or occupation and position: Be truthful! If your current occupation or position doesn’t match the ITR you’re submitting (for example, you moved to another company), you can write a letter explaining it.
  • Partner’s profession/occupation: If you’re single and of legal age, write N/A. If you’re married, write the profession of your partner. If for a minor, write the profession or occupation of parents.

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  • Guarantor/Inviter Info: If you’re applying as a tourist and you’re shouldering all expenses, write N/A in ALL of the fields. If you have a guarantor, write their details. If the guarantor is the same as the inviter, write SAME AS ABOVE in the INVITER fields.

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  • If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please provide relevant details: If you answered NO to all the questions, write N/A.
  • Signature: Sign it by hand. I’m not sure if digital signatures are accepted, but I doubt it. If the applicant is minor, a parent or legal guardian can sign, but the relationship must be indicated below the signature.

Other Japan Visa Requirements

To see the other requirements, visit this page: JAPAN VISA REQUIREMENTS

Frequently Asked Questions

1. my guarantor is based in the philippines, not japan. should i write my guarantor’s details in the fields under “guarantor or reference in japan”.

This is the most confusing part. Travel agencies have different takes on this.

The last time we asked Reli Tours, they said YES, even if the guarantor is based outside Japan, you should still write down their details under “Guarantor or reference in Japan”. They might have changed their stance but that’s what they said last time.

But some agencies like Attic Tours say that you should write down N/A instead.

To be sure, what I suggest is to leave them blank temporarily and ask the agency what to do when it’s time to submit your application. If they tell you to enter your guarantor’s details, then do so right there and then. If they say write N/A then do it then.

Or you can call the designated agency where you plan to lodge your application beforehand.

2. Should all documents be printed on A4-size paper including the ITR and bank certificate?

Documents that you have control of like Schedule of Stay, Application Form or even COE should be A4.

In my experience, I’ve submitted ITR printed on legal size and bank certificate on letter size, but they were all accepted regardless. But I’m not sure if that’s still the case now or if that’s always the case.

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guest

Do i have to mention about my children or only my self and a husband? I dont see in the form about the children please answer my question thank you.

Shai

Ask ko lang, malaki ba chance na ma denied yung application mo pag may mga na leave ka na blank? like; other names, tel.no etc.?

Yosh Dimen

Hi Kairu, group application? You will have to enumerate your companions in an additional form called “Accomplished List of Visa Applicants.”

More info here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/

Zarina

Hi sir, base sa nabasa Kong information galing po sa inyong blog. Regarding po sa “BANK CERTIFICATE issued 3months before”. Eh ung sakin po Kasi mag request palang ako today April 23, 2019 then tomorrow April 24, 2019 sya ma release. Balak ko po Sana straight nako sa Japan Embassy sa Manila. Isubmit ko na po together with other documents. Possible po ba na ma approve ako kahit recent palang ung bank Certificate ko?

Muhammad saif

Sir Iam Muhammad saif Pakistan Army retired security guard job interest

Hi Zarina, that’s perfectly fine.

I think you misunderstood. It’s NOT “issued 3 months before.” It should be issued within the past 3 months.

arielyn

hi, if issued ung birth certificate last nov 2017 and mag apply ako visa this december 2018, pwede pa kaya i-allow yun?

Hindi po, kasi lagpas one year na.

Jojee M.

Hi! What if i write down three addresses and they don’t fit in the space provided? should i just attach a separate piece of paper?

I think so.

Samantha De Castro

Hi, my ticket was from Manila to Osaka, but when I applied visa, I indicated that port if entry is Narita. will this be accepted?

Linda

Hi mag apply sana ako ng tourist visa paano po ba kasi first time po. Pinag aaply ako ng bf ko nasa japan salamat po. Gusto ko sana guide agency pde poba iyon

Accepted where? If sa visa application, dapat consistent.

If na-grant ka na ng visa pero iba ung entry point mo sa dineclare mo, I think ok lang un.

Eliza

can I submit my payroll bank account?

Arth

Pno kung kktpos lng ng contract s ibang bnsa as ofw, gusto mg apply ano illgay s profession no.16 in application form, tnx

Hi Arth, kung ako po nasa lugar nyo, kung ano po yung profession nyo abroad kahit na tapos na contract. Pero ako lang po yun.

Gie

Okei lang po kung hindi nailagay ang sign by mother/father dun sa signature?

Michiko

My Guarantor po ako. Tapos dun sa mismong visa application yung sa may work ko now, my need ba ko ipasa na itr? Kasi dun sa instruction mo sabi mo dapat my need ako isubmit. If meron saan ko po pwede kunin?

If your current occupation or position doesn’t match the ITR you’re submitting.

Hi Michiko, if the ITR and current employment don’t match, you need to write a letter explaining that you recently moved to a new company etc.

Aquajennie

Hi sir. Ask ko po. Bf ko po is my Japanese guarantor Dun sa no.19 ilalagay ko ba N/A or ilalagay yung last na occupation nya? Retired na po BF ko.

Hi Aquajennie, I think #19 is for married lang so NA pa rin. Ask mo na lang din agency to be sure.

Cathy

Ask ko lng Dba Pag first tym mag apply ng late rigestration , dba need ng form 137 and baptismal , tpos ipasa na ung both original non…. So pano Po pag pang second apply na Po need pa ba ulit ng both original ng form 137 at baptismal sa pangalawang apply ng visa Po ?

chrys

Napaka-useful nitong blog mo. Ang daming kong nakuhang tips. Napakalinaw ng explanation. Thanks!!! Taga-West ka ga?

shehroz

hey hello.. my name shehroz, im apply japan visa. please tell me how to apply japan visa and which document required to visa.

If you’re a Filipino applying in the Philippines, this is our guide: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/

Otherwise, I don’t know how to help. :(

Charlene

Hello. Reg. sa ID Number, do I have to put the specified ID after the number? Or basta number lang?

Donna

Hello! Ask ko lang yung guarantor ko is my sister and she is working as “Seafarer” or seawoman. Sa Royal Caribbean Cruise siya. Problem is wala silang ITR. anong pwede pa ipasa aside sa bank certificate? payslip nila or contract? Ano pwede ipalit sa ITR? pls reply. thanks

Hi Donna, ang alam ko, pwede sya magsulat ng explanation letter. Tapos submit ng other docs in its stead like payslip or COE. :)

Pero best to consult a travel agency kasi mas alam nila ang dapat gawin.

OK. Another question is yung sa visa application form na “if you have guarantor” dun ko ba i-ffill up yung name ng sister ko (taga dito siya Phils) or its applicable lang sa mga nakatira sa Japan? should i put N/a.

Hi Donna, iba-iba yung stance ng travel agencies about that. May nagsasabi na ilagay ay N/A kasi para lang daw yan pag sa Japan ung guarantor. Meron naman nagsasabi na ilagay dyan ung guarantor kahit nasa Pilipinas. Tawag ka na lang sa agency kung saan ka mag-aapply kasi medyo iba-iba talaga.

fatima

Hello i really need some advice i am from pakistan n my brother applied for japan visa since last year through some sponsor and from last two months he said you will get your visa very soon but all in vain.kindly tell me wat ll we do to do to find out whether he applied or not

I’m sorry but I’m not familiar with the process when it comes to other nationalities. :(

Inna

Hi po. Kapag po ba ang guarantor is nakatira sa Philippines, kailangan po ilagay yung name sa Guarantor / reference in Japan? Or yung section po na yun is for guarantor who lives in Japan?

Hi Inna, iba-iba yung stance ng travel agencies about that. May nagsasabi na ilagay ay N/A kasi para lang daw yan pag sa Japan ung guarantor. Meron naman nagsasabi na ilagay dyan ung guarantor kahit nasa Pilipinas. Tawag ka na lang sa agency kung saan ka mag-aapply kasi medyo iba-iba talaga.

Ysa

If visiting multiple cities, e.g. Osaka, Nagoya & Tokyo, dapat ba ilagay name and address ng lahat ng accommodations? or kahit yung sa port of entry lang?

Hi Ysa, di ko alam kung ano ba dapat ang gawin pero ang parati kong ginagawa kapag multi-city, isa lang ang nilalagay ko sa form tapos the rest ay sa Schedule of Stay (Daily Itinerary) ko na nilalagay. Tinatanggap and naaapprove naman.

Aire

I want to apply for the Japan visa for the first time now while I still have my job so I can provide the requirements needed like COE and ITR. But truthfully, I really wanna quit my job na pagktapos, so say for example, I’m lucky to get approved, do you think there’s a huge chance for me to be offloaded by the Immigration during my flight date kasi kahit may approved visa ako eh I cant present any work documents na kasi I was only employed upon visa application but unemployed na upon my Japan visit?

I understand na medyo mahirap ipredict ang mga bagay bagay pagdating sa Immigration but I just really wanna know your opinion/insight on this based on your own experience or probably other people you know.

Thanks a bunch!

What’s your travel history like? And with whom are you traveling?

Want to travel with my boyfriend. Asian countries pa lang napuntahan ko so far, South Korea is one of them.

Thanks for the response!

Mhae

Another question po,should I strictly follow the scheduled activities and flights?Cant I deviate from it?I’m planning to write about the tour around tokyo. But if ever my application gets approved can I do multi-city tour?

Yep, you can deviate from your submitted itinerary. :)

Hello I have an apartment. What will I write in occupation?is it Business owner or Self employed?and the name of employer? is it Self or the name of apartment?

Ay, di ko po alam kapag ganyang case.:S

rosita rama

Hi! I plan to leave on January 2020 can I apply now for Visa?

No. See FAQ 4.9 in this post: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/#How_early_can_I_apply_for_a_Japan_visa

Jake

Thank you for the detailed guide. I plan to visit my aunt/cousins and probably spend the Christmas/new year holidays there. Is it alright if I fill my itinerary with tourist activity even tho I will be staying at their house?

First time and personal expense. Thank you!

Yep! That’s fine. When I handle my cousins’ applications to visit my sister, I also put tourist activities in the itinerary.

ANGELIQUE

Hi Sir I would like to ask kung required po ba na ung ipapasa na birth certificate from local register this year din nakuha meron po kasi ako copy ng Civil Registry Form No. 1A kaso year 2016 pa. Yung PSA ko po kasi medyo malabo letter E sa name ko

Di ko po alam :(

Thanks anyway =)

Uma

Hello po. Ask ko lang about number 20. Yung guarantor lang po ba FROM japan yung ilalagay na details? O kahit na from philippines din? Bali group po kami, ung brother ko ung magguarantor sakin. Salamat po sa isasagot po nyo.

Hi Uma, nasagot ko na po ito sa ibang comments sa taas.

Iba-iba yung stance ng travel agencies about that. May nagsasabi na ilagay ay N/A kasi para lang daw yan pag sa Japan ung guarantor. Meron naman nagsasabi na ilagay dyan ung guarantor kahit nasa Pilipinas. Tawag ka na lang sa agency kung saan ka mag-aapply kasi iba-iba talaga.

Jane

Hello! Good day!

Meron po akong gurantor/sponsor sa Japan, He’s a Friend, Permanent resident na po sya sa japan, do I still have to pass and ITR and Bank certificate kahit meron naman na po syang pinadalang mga papers like ITR/Bank certificate.

Though I don’t have ITR and COE yet because kaka pasa ko pa lang po sa boards, ano po kayang possibleng ipakita ko for proof na uuwi ako sa pinas, though I have an exam this October 27, for med. Okay na po kaya yun and my review center?

So much appreciated po for the answer.

This post might help: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2018/03/japan-visa-requirements-with-guarantor/

If may guarantor, usually di na need ng employment and financial docs. Pero may mga cases na pede pa rin humingi ang embassy.

Jean

Thabks you! Oh paano po yan, since, what i said po i just passed my board exam so wala pa po akong work talaga :( so wala pa akong itr and coe .

Though volunteer pa lang po ako now sa redcross dahil wala pa pong bukas na hiring, pwede ko din ba ilagay dun sa form volunteer medtech ganun po? Position and occupation.

For me, if unemployed pa, the safest is to find a guarantor, preferably close relative. Mas straightforward kasi un. And Japan is one of the few countries na hindi kiss of death ang pagkakaroon ng sponsor.

Pag ipilit mo kasi to apply without ITR, you will need to write an explanation letter. Pero pwede rin naman yun. Feeling ko lang mas ok ang chances if my guarantor, in your case. Pero feeling ko lang yan ha. :)

Aaron

Good evening po. Kailangan po ba talaga na mag pa reserve ng place to stay online before submitting JP Visa Application?

Nope. You just need to know where you PLAN to stay. No reservation needed. You just need the hotel name, address and contact number.

Mark

Hi sir.. ask ako about itr, below 250000 yong sahod ko annualy, so tax extemted ako, paano ba yan sir? need ba resibo sa itr? tnx

Hi Mark, usually kahit tax-exempted, meron pa rin dapat na ITR from your employer. Nakalagay lang na zero tax.

Di naman need ng resibo sa experience namin.

If wala ka talaga ITR, pwede ka gumawa ng explanation letter kung bakit. Pero mas maganda talaga kung meron.

Donna

Hi! Question! Dapat ba one page lang yung form kapag prinint? Harap at likod? :) Or pwedeng 2 pages? Thank you!

Kami 2 pages pag nagsusubmit

Q

Hello, all set na po lahat ng finillupan ko for VISA, ang tanong ko lang po is yung balance ng bank account ko is almost empty bago magfirst week of the month. I plan to stay for 7 days, including the time of arrival and departure. How much po yung needed para mapprove ako?

See FAQ #11 here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/#How_much_money_should_I_have_in_the_bank_to_get_approved

Dess Bautista

Good day po . Paano po kung unang country ko po na pupuntahan ay Japan . ppwede po ba kong kumuha ng visa? posible po kaya na maapprove po ?

Hi Dess, pwede pa rin naman. Mas may laban ka lang talaga pag may travel history na. Pero di naman ibig sabihin na denied agad pag di pa nakapunta ng ibang bansa.

JC

Pano po ba mapapakita yung travel history sa pag pasa ng requirements? Bago lang kasi yung passport ko and nasa luma yung mga stamps.

You can submit photocopy of your past visas and stamps.

Lott

Hi po Yoshke, I am also a blogger and wala akong employer. Do you think okay na ilagay kong occupation is “Blogger” (similar to the one in your example) tapos N/A na lahat ng employer info?

Hi Lott, I wouldn’t recommend that. I think red flag pag N/A ang employer.

Need mo na ba magtravel to Japan agad? Is your blog your source of income?

Gerald Gonzales

Hello, please review po if tama yung procedures ko for getting my wife and son. 1. Application of COE, once na mareleased to ippdala ko lng po ito sa wife ko. 2. Apply lng po ni wifey ko sa Accredited agency ng Japan embassy sa pinas (e.g RELI TOURS & TRAVEL AGENCY,South Park 123, SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay City). 3. Wait for the release of visa then can go to Japan na.

Questions. For #2. Yun po bang application for ei handwritten at dun na fill upan sa agency or before going to agency pwedi prepare na? Yung po bang visa cost ei is per person? Normally po ganu ktgal marelease yung visa? Appreciate your advice po.

What do you mean “getting my wife and son”? Ang plan nyo po ba ay for them to move to Japan or mag-visit lang short-term?

If short-term lang, to answer your questions: 1. Pwede mo sya i-fill up beforehand para mabilis na ung process pag andun ka. Pag may di ka sure, i-blank mo na lang muna tapos ask the staff pag andun ka na.

2. Cost is per person.

3. Normally, 7 days ang processing.

For more information, visit: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2018/03/japan-visa-requirements-with-guarantor/

Raymund Salle

Ask lang, kasi recently lang ako nagresign sa company ko 6 months ago and now helping sa family business namin. I am applying for a Japanese Visa for vacation sa november with regards to submitting an ITR, do I still need to include the ITR of my last company, plus a letter explaining why wala po akong ITR ngayon?

Another question is kung need ba maglagay ng guarantor provided na I am working sa family business? thank you po sa pagsagot :)

Hi Raymund,

Wala pa naman talagang ITR for 2019. Submit mo yung for 2018 tapos gawa ka explanation letter to say na you’re involved sa family business na.

Whether or not kailangan mo ng guarantor, depende sa finances mo.

Rodel

Thanks for the step-by-step guide! Big help! Just a few follow up questions:

1.) Do I need to print and include my booking confirmation from the hostel I’ll be staying in? 2.) Other than the visa application form, should the rest of the documents (bank cert, COE, ITR, schedule of stay) be printed in A4 as well? 3.) How many photos should I submit to the agency?

Thanks in advance!

I’m assuming you’re applying for a tourist visa in the Philippines.

1. Not really. Hotel reservation is not a requirement. They just need to know where you PLAN to stay. You can still submit hotel reservations but it’s not a requirement.

2. Documents that you have control of like Schedule of Stay, App Form or even COE should be A4. In my experience, I’ve submitted ITR printed on legal size and bank certificate on letter size, wala namang naging problem. But I’m not sure if that’s still the case.

3. Just one.

Also do I need to print a copy of my government-issued ID and submit to the agency?

Thanks again!

Saidrex

hi goodafternoon po

1.)ask ko lang po since apat kaming mag aapply ako at 2kapatid then mother ko then yung mother ko ang aming guarantor pwede bang isang ITR na lng i provide namin and need ba naka A4 size din yung clear copy ng ITR?

2.)ask ko rin po kung pwede bang hand written ang fill up namin sa documents?

Hi Saidrex,

1. Sa experience ko po when I applied with family, 1 copy lang pinrovide namin. Actually, may dala kaming maraming copies pero 1 lang ang kinuha. Just make sure you also fill out the form called “List of Visa Applicants” para alam nila na group kayo. More info here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/

2. Yep. Madalas handwritten ako magsubmit.

Jhennie

Dear Sir, I’m planning to go to Japan this Dec. Kaso i was worried pagdating sa immigration bcos i dont have any job or should i say housewife na lng ako now..ano ba mga needed docs na hihingin nila or malabo ang chances ko na mtatakan nila passport ko?thank you..sna matulungan mo ako

Juvelyn deleon

Hi yoshke Kaylangan ba mag submit ng travel clearance ang applicant(minor) to get a japan visa and what if kung baptismal lang ang isa submit dahil iba na ang address ng applicant(minor) nung nag aral sya. Yung applicant(minor) is 7yrs.old, grade2.

Hi Juvelyn,

Di naman po needed ang travel clearance pag visa application, sa experience ko applying for my niece and nephew.

Regarding baptismal/school record, di ko po alam ano gagawin sa case nyo po.

Dale

Good day. Ask ko lang re: filling application form. I will accompany my mom during our trip and will be covering for her expenses. I live and work in the Philippines. Should I fill-up the “Guarantor” area with my details? And then put N/A in the “inviter” area? Thank you so much!

Hi Dale, this has been asked many times in the Comments section, so I’m adding an FAQs section to this article na lang. See the new updates. Thanks!

Mara

Hi po. Ask ko lang po kasi hinahabol ko yung promo ng ticket for Japan and balak ko na syang bayaran tom. kahit mag aapply pa lang ako ng visa. Non refundable nga yung ticket and i take the risk na ipabook na kc sayang ung promo. Ask ko lang kung madami bang nadedeny s pagkuha ng visa application ? Im worrying din kc i cant provide for my itr but i have travelled several countries na like hongkong, taiwan and indonesia. Ano kayang chances ko na maapprove ang visa ko? Thanks.

Mahirap po ma-determine ung chances nang konti lang ang information.

Pero di naman ganun ka-strict ang Japanese embassy.

Nilda G. ramos

I just want to be honest, I have been deported in year 1999 in Japan,for overstaying because my family that time was financially unstable, I was lucky then to have a Japanese couple who treated me so well in a laundry shop so I rendered in return best of my ability in that work. My employer treated me so well, that some of my filipino co-workers envy me in that situation, my employer then was planning to get my children so we live together while I work with them, so they reported me to the Immigration. sad to say it ended to a broken marriage…Since then I became a single parent, with Gods blessing I was again blessed to have employed in the Philippine Government again until today. I am now in my senior age, all sons are now professionals, I want to visit Japan again , to treat myself as a single mom. Please help me.

Peripatetic Juan Travel and Tours

You could still possibly enter Japan because your ban period elapsed though it is not still guaranteed that you might get an entry visa for tourist as immigration has records of you already. You can try with all the papers that supports your financial capability and strong ties to your country as it will tell them that you are going back to your country. Good luck!

Hi Ma’am Nilda,

Unfortunately, I do not have any idea on what to do for cases like yours. :(

I think it’s best to consult a travel agency for that because they might know better.

Den

Hi, Yoshke.

Pwede ba mag pasa ng dalawang bank / bank certificate (BPI/BPO)?

Hi Den, yep!

Sam

Dear sir, I am planning to go to japan in the month of December,i am not sure on which date i will arrive in japan its either 22 December or 25 December.In my application form if i write 22 December i will be arriving in japan and submit to the embassy,but then afterwards i change my arrival to 25th December is it ok if i do that

Hi Sam, yes, that’s alright, as long as it’s still within the validity period of the visa.

Marie

Hi po. Ask ko lang po ang opinion nyo reg my situation. Wala po akong, itr, coe or business reg. self employed po ako, i buy n sell used cars, sa letter of explanation ko, ilalagay ko link ng fb page ko para makita ng consul mga binebenta kong cars. May 7 figures po ako sa bank. What do u think of my chance getting tourist visa approve? Thanks

Hi Marie, di ko po kayo masagot nang sure. Usually pag walang ITR, nadadala naman sa explanation letter + other proof of income. Pero parang malabo ung FB page kasi madali lang namang gumawa ng FB page.

Ikay Medoza

Hi po! ano po kayang mas maganda, indicate ko po na may inviter ako (boyfriend ko) or mas ok po na wag na lang para di nila isipin na mag stay ako dun as tnt?

Ann

Just want to ask what is 60K enough money in the bank to have better chance of Japan Visa approval? I’ve been to 4 countries outside of the Philippines but it is my first time to apply for a Visa. Hope you can help.

Hi Ann. Merong mga naaapprove na 60K lang ang laman ng bank account. Depends on how long your trip is and sometimes, your ITR.

My apologies for the typo in my previous question. I wanted to ask if 60k is enough savings in the bank for Japan Visa application. I’m planning to visit Tokyo for 4 days. I’ve been to 4 countries outside of the PH but it is my first time to apply for a Japan Visa.

Kiki

Hi, I am planning to book a trip to Japan for 5 days to visit my relatives and go for sightseeing as well. I live in Canada and I’m applying for a visa from my country. Regarding the question of what is my occupation, I don’t have a job and I’m currently a full-time student. In that case, what do I put?

Janet Lynn Montemayor

Hi. I intend to visit three cities in Japan (Matsuyama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto). I plan to stay in 3 different hotels, too. How do I fill out the application form, given that the space is not enough to mention the three hotels (name and address)?

Yung ginawa ko, ung first lang ang sinulat ko sa form tapos the rest, sa Schedule of Stay ko na nilagay . :)

Juvy

Hi,gusto ko po sanang mag tour sa Japan for two weeks at iyong guarantor ko po is only my boyfriend. Pwde po ba iyon? Sa tingin ko parang mahirap nga kasi boyfriend ko lang… Pwde ko po bang ilagay na Instead boyfriend iyong guarantor ko ay friend nalang. Please I need your advice. Thanks

VIRGINIA VIDA VALENCIA

I am a senior citizen and this will be my 4th travel to Japan ,with my husband. But now my husband is already retired and no ITR to present. But we have Bank certificates. do you think this is enough proof we have money to travel? Thank you.

Hi po! Di ko po sigurado. Pwede po kayong magsulat ng letter explaining na he’s retired.

Pero best to contact the travel agency where you plan to lodge your application to be sure po.

Kalea

I already have a multiple-entry visa for Japan. I would like to apply one for my baby who will be barely 1 year old by the time we plan to fly to Japan.

Also, I did not indicate her birth father on her birth certificate. She has my last name.

What requirements do I need?

Nicole

Am not sure if you are able to answer this but I’ll try since we went to Japan multiple times already. Is it ok to apply for Japan Visa for a newly release passport? My friend told me that the passport should be active after 6 months from the release before applying for Visa. Is it true?

I have never heard that rule before.

But my niece got her passport September and we applied for a Japan visa 3 WEEKS later. She was granted a visa October same year. That’s way shorter than 6 months but she was still granted a visa.

Muel

Hello I have two bank certificates one with my name only and the other an ITF bank account with my mom. Should I still put my Mom as my guarantor? or Is it okay not anymore since my name appears in the account name. thank you.

Since you have a bank account with your name only, you can apply on your own without guarantor. Assuming, of course, it has sufficient funds and you have ITR too. :)

JV

My ITR(2018) is still using my old address. Will this have issue with the current residential address I used in my other IDs?

What other IDs?

Not sure if magiging issue. But to be safe, you can simply write an explanation letter.

Margaret

Hi! I just want to ask if possible mag apply for ME visa kahit naka guarantor lang? First timers po kami ng mom and brother ko, guarantor po namin father ko. Will probably go back sa Japan after our April trip. Or should we apply for SE only? Thank you!

If you fall under the categories here, pwede: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2017/03/japan-visa-multiple-entry-requirements/

mhara

HI , on the “ID no Issued to you by your government” section , do i need to specify if this is a SSS id umid , passport etc ID? Example CRN-123456789452(UMID)

Me, I usually indicate the type of ID. :D

Wendy

which date should i write on date of issue? like the date i issued my visa or the date of going to japan? I can’t book a plane yet cuz of corona. So there is no certain date.

The one on Page 1? Date of issuance of PASSPORT.

raquel fernandez

Hi. I just wanna ask, may sister po ako sa Japan and dun na sya nakatira. Kapag nag apply po ba ako ng tourist visa kahit unemployed ako may chance po ba na maapprove kasi may guarantor? Thank you.

Marinelle Gabriel

Hi! Your blog is very useful especially sa mga first timer na gaya ko. If I may ask po, I already have ticket for September 16-24, 2021 but I don’t have a hotel to stay kasi andun naman yung bf ko. But he’s not my guarantor. Can I put his address sa place to stay po?

Hi Marinelle! Thanks for your comment.

I’m assuming VISIT visa yung inaapplyan mo.

Yes, pwede mo ilagay ung address niya sa address (#14 sa post).

OK lang naman na yung pagse-stayan mo ay hindi mo guarantor or na wala kang guarantor. Just make sure na sa next page, leave the GUARANTOR section with N/A answers tapos ung INVITER section ung i-fill out mo.

Very helpful po. Thank you so much! God bless and stay safe po. :)

Rosemarie Manzano

Can I Travel to Japan I’m a US Green Card Holder

Marvin

Required po ba magpasa ng COE?

Ankit

I want to apply with my Wife for Japan Tourist Visa but she is not working currently so Bank Statement with Salary Credit she cannot show but I have all documents line Bank Statement, Employeer NOC etc.

Now my wife needs to fill separate Application form or I can fill her details in list of Visa Applicants?

Kindly guide.

Each applicant need to submit a separate application form. The list of visa applicants is just a reference to check which applicants are traveling together.

Cherry Davis

Hi. What if may guarantor, do i still need ITR and bank statements? Thanks.

NANA

Hi Yoshke! This post is so helpful. Just a question with a particular item on the application form tho! I am a Virtual Assistant and I registered myself in BIR as self-employed. When it comes to item # 18: (Name and Address of Employer part) – Should I write my name (since that’s how I registered the business, under my name) or Should I write my current client’s information? Thank you so much!

MARK

hi, if wala pa kong hotel and ticket, anong isusulat? :(

Di naman po required ang hotel and ticket. Kung ano pa lang ang target mong sakyan and pagstay-an.

Nana

Hi!! Thank you so much for this guide! Just a quick question. I’m a virtual assistant and currently working for just one client now. I registered myself in BIR as a professional as well (so I can file my taxes next year). In the employer name section, should I just write the name/company of my client? Or should I use my BIR information (business is just my name tho.)? Thank youuuu!

If I remember correctly, when I was a freelancer, I just wrote my job title / self-employed, and wrote by business name as registered.

(I think I’ve also tried writing my client’s company name on another occasion, but I also wrote a cover letter to explain it.)

foi

Freelancer din po ako. Pano po kaya pag 2 employers. Balak ko ilagay name ng emloyers ko sa form pero pang isa lang ung space sa form. Okay lang na ilagay ko sya pareho sa space na un?or do i need another sheet?

ak dv

Hi, i have always been using your page as a ref every time i’m doing an application.but this time, i cannot find anywhere on how i can list all the hotels given that the space is very limited. Please help what should i do? Thank you!

If I remember correctly, you can just use a separate sheet. List them down and their details (address, phone number) and corresponding dates of stay on another page.

Gie

Hi, just wanna ask if I have to sign beside a mistaken information I fill in the form or I can just leave 2 strike throughs? Thanks

Venus Bongoyan

Ano po sinsavi sa baba na number of application max*10 po?un mag papa appointment ka sa consulate ng japan sa uae ng pa visa appointment.malaki kaliwanagan kung masagot nyo po sir Josh.

Naku di po ako familiar sa system sa consulate ng Japan sa ibang bansa.

Hcn

Hi! I have a question.

Since yung guarantor ko po is My Mom with Permanen residence na sa Japan.

May kailangan pa po ba siyang kunin doon sa Japan Embassy? Or/May kailangan pa ba lagyan ng red ribbon yung letter of invitation and Letter of Guarantee?

For visa application, wala naman po. Need nyo lang po nung Guarantee letter, and Income Certificate (Shotoku Shomeisho) from City Hall, Tax return certificate (Nouzeishomeisho: Form 2) from Tax office (Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae), OR Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shomeisho). Best if you have all three.

Need po ng stamp ng mom mo ‘yung docs na ‘yan.

Van

Hi po, hope na makita niyo po yung comment ko. I just wanted to clarify paano po yung counting sa intended length of stay? If for example April 1- 7 yung schedule, will it be 7 days po ba or 6 days? Thank you

Hi Van! If tama ang alala ko, it should be 7 days. Day of Arrival is considered Day 1.

Jel

Hi, how are you? Sir, ask ko lang po kapag ba student applicant sa part po na current profession or occupation and position ang ilalagay po ay Student then sa Name and Address of employer po ilagay po ba pangalan at address ng school or NA lang po ilagay ko? Please advise po if ano po dapat ilagay. Salamat po in advance. God Bless

Gob

Pano kung di ko na matandaan yung exact dates nung previous stay ko sa Japan? di ko narin mahanap yung old passport ko to check :(

Celestine C.

Hi, Dun po sa part ng employer section ng form, Pano po if I am working directly to my client (remote work direct client US) and I have three clients, is it okay lang po to put the names of my clients? Thank you

Isabela

Hi. I am planning to apply for a multiple-entry visa (I already traveled to Japan early this year on single-entry) this week. And at the same time, I’m in the talks of moving to a new job/employer, though,I haven’t signed any contract yet (no start date yet) with the new employer and haven’t resigned from the current employer because everything is in the process of negotiations pa. I just want to ask, if magaapply ako ng visa this week, is it correct to put in NAME OF THE EMPLOYER field in the application form yung current employer ko pa din? I want to take a break sana before starting in the new job. Thanks!

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Japan is finally releasing a digital nomad visa – here's what you need to know

A person uses a mobile phone to film the shopping street at Asakusa district near Sensoji Temple, a popular tourist location, in Tokyo on January 18, 2024 (Credit: Getty Images)

Japan's Immigration Services Agency just announced it will start issuing its long-anticipated digital nomad visa within the next few weeks. According to the Japan Times , the visa will be available to nationals of 49 countries, a list that includes the United Kingdom and the United States. Once obtained, visa holders can legally live and work remotely from anywhere in the country for up to six months.

It has come as welcome news to the global digital nomad community, with the announcement garnering plenty of praise in online communities such as Reddit's r/DigitalNomad sub and hundreds more comments on the social platform's r/Japan page . However, would-be digital nomads have been quick to point out that, like many new digital nomad visas, this one comes with some rather hefty requirements for eligibility.

As Japan Times reported, applicants must show they earn a minimum income of ¥10 million (about £54,356 or $66,622). Applicants must also hold private health insurance, and visa holders will not be allowed to obtain a residence card. The visa expires after six months and is not eligible for renewal. Although it comes with steep terms, the visa is likely to be a popular one. It's the result of a survey of digital nomads, who overwhelmingly indicated they'd prefer to be able to stay longer than the current, 90-day visa-free tourist stays allow.

And why not allow for an extended stay? After all, Japan ranked as the fastest-growing remote working hub in 2023, according to data shared with CNBC by Nomad List , a website for remote workers, which analysed more than 300,000 check-ins on its database. 

The eligibility requirements are quite strict and difficult to meet for the average digital nomad – Brittany Loeffler

But, beyond simply providing supply for the growing demand, Japan is also likely hoping to cash in on the economic benefits that can come with digital nomads moving in. As the BBC previously reported , a 2023 survey by Carlos Grider estimates that digital nomads contribute nearly $800bn to the global economy annually. A lot of that cash was flowing to places such as Portugal and its neighbouring nation of Spain. The former was home to nearly 16,000 digital nomads in December 2023, according to Nomad List , thanks to its Golden Visa residency program for expats looking to make Portugal a permanent home – plus a newly launched digital nomad visa of its own . As for Spain, VisaGuide.World named the country the top destination for nomads thanks to its visa's low barrier of entry , requiring proof of income at just €2,600 (£2,225, $2,394) per month, which equates to less than half the yearly salary Japan will soon require. Japan's high-income requirement also appears to be a trend across several countries in Asia that are dipping their toes in the digital nomad visa waters.

"To be honest, it doesn't seem that Asia is introducing 'easy' digital nomad visas," says Brittany Loeffler, the head of operations at Nomad Embassy , a website that helps nomads obtain the proper visas. "They are requiring higher salaries compared to Europe's digital nomad visas or have strict requirements for the nature of their remote work."

Additionally, Loeffler says that Southeast Asia has become an especially popular destination for digital nomads "due to the affordable cost of living, reliable wi-fi and great weather" but that the entry barrier might be too high for some people. "When there was news that Thailand had released a digital nomad visa (officially known as the Long-Term Residence Visa), the community was very excited," she says. "Unfortunately, the eligibility requirements are quite strict and difficult to meet for the average digital nomad." 

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Those requirements for Thailand include showing proof of income of at least $80,000 (£63,576) annually for the two years prior to the visa application date, and a minimum of $1 million in assets. But even with these higher barriers to entry, the country believes the visa could bolster the local economy. As the Thai Embassy explains, the visa "is believed to help boost economic development and stimulate overseas investment in the country, particularly in this post-pandemic phase. Through this special visa, the government hopes to bring in one million eligible foreigners over the next five years."

"There is huge potential for digital nomads to help local economies – think tourism spending, but for weeks or months at a time," Loeffler says. "Digital nomad visas are an excellent way for countries to boost their economies as they invite digital nomads to live in the country for a year and not have to worry about them taking jobs from citizens and residents. Instead, they earn their income overseas and spend it in the local economy where they hold the digital nomad visa."

Loeffler, however, is aware that these visas can be problematic for locals. "There is a downside to inviting digital nomads to a country, as we have seen in Lisbon, Portugal. Real estate prices skyrocket, making renting or buying a home in popular areas more difficult for the residents of that country. As landlords realise digital nomads can pay two or three times [the] rent each month, they are raising prices and the rest of the market is following." The same could hold true for major cities in Japan, like Tokyo, which has also experienced its own surge in housing prices even without the added pressures of the new visa. 

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Even still, that post-pandemic economic afterglow is likely to benefit Japan’s inbound tourism recovery plan (of which the new visa is a part) that was set forth by prime minister Fumio Kishida and unveiled in May 2023 . But, like Thailand, the high barriers might see some digital nomads forgoing the visa in favour of what is known as " visa runs ": staying as long as possible on a tourist visa, leaving the country to reset the clock and entering again on their tourist visa.

"Thailand is particularly hard because most people are there on an education visa [that] enables you to stay for six months or one year, or are there on a tourist visa and coming in and out doing visa runs," says Evelina Krusinskaite , a 28-year-old digital nomad living in and out of Thailand. "It's a bit of a pain because Thailand's a great place to be."

Krusinskaite was on a visa run back to her home in Ireland as we spoke but was already plotting her return back to Thailand, specifically to Chiang Mai, often touted as the "Digital Nomad Capital" of the world. While her move began under a working visa as a visiting English teacher, Krusinskaite explains she fell so in love with the city that, for now, she can't wait to go back.

"I absolutely love Thailand," she says. "People there are so kind."

Though in true digital nomad form, when asked if she'll continue this lifestyle of getting to live and work from anywhere forever, Krusinskaite refused to commit. She says, "Forever is a very long time."

Ready to start a digital nomad life in Asia? Here are three other nations offering either a digital nomad visa or something close to it – and what they require.

Malaysia currently offers a digital nomad visa that allows people to stay in the country for up to one year. Applicants must have a valid passport; work remotely for their company; work in a "digital domain" such as IT, content creation or digital marketing; and show proof of income of at least $24,000 (£19,067) a year. Nomads must also show proof of health insurance.

In January 2024, South Korea began offering its digital nomad visa that allows travellers to stay for up to two years. Applicants must also hold a valid passport, work remotely, show proof of income of at least $66,000 (£52,435) a year and hold valid international health insurance. 

In 2023, the Philippines released its digital nomad visa , allowing travellers to spend up to 12 months in country. Those wishing to use the visa must show a proof of income of at least $24,000 a year (£19,050) and proof of health insurance. The nation is debating extending the visa for up to 24 months. 

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Japan is launching a digital nomad visa—you'll need an annual income of at least $67,500 to qualify

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If living and working in Japan is on your bucket list, mark your calendar.

Japan plans to start offering a six-month digital nomad visa at the end of March, according to The Japan Times . The Immigration Services Agency announced that to take advantage of the visa, digital nomads must make an annual income of  ¥10 million or $67,556.80 USD.

The visa will be offered to visitors from 49 countries and territories, including the U.S., Australia and Singapore. In addition to the income requirement, Japan also requires digital nomads to have private health insurance. Spouses and children will also be allowed to stay in Japan.

Japan will not provide residency cards to those holding a digital nomad visa and visas can't be renewed immediately. Visa holders can reapply but only six months after leaving the country, The Japan Times reports.

American travelers can stay in Japan visa-free for up to 90 days, according to the U.S. Department of State . To take advantage of this option, travelers need a valid passport and an airline ticket out of the country at the end of the 90-day stay.

Last year, Japan announced it would launch a digital nomad visa in an effort to drive tourism back to the country after the covid-19 pandemic. Japan welcomed 25 million tourists last year, its largest number since 2019 .

The capital city of Tokyo is one of the fastest-growing remote work hubs , according to the 2023 report from the Nomad List. The city saw a 67% increase in digital nomads from 2018 to 2022, according to Nomad List.

Conversions from Yen to USD were done using the OANDA conversion rate of 1 Yen to 0.00676 USD on February 8, 2024. All amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.

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If working remotely in Japan for six months as a digital nomad sounds like your idea of heaven, we have some good news. Whether you want to get cosy in a tiny Tokyo apartment, go full Totoro in an old house in the countryside or something in between, Japan's new digital nomad visa program is the perfect way to do it on your terms. Lonely Planet's resident Japan expert John Walton digs into what we know so far.

The details of Japan’s 90-day digital nomad visa are still somewhat fluid since most of the information available is coming from social media posts by Imaeda Soichiro  by Japan's Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture & Science (MEXT), Unseen Japan , the Japan Digital Nomad Association and the Japan Times . Imaeda notes that the government will be listening to feedback during a period of public consultation throughout February, and then expects to launch the program in March 2024.

Imaeda suggests the program is likely to be a six-months-in, six-months-out system, with eligibility resetting six months after the digital nomad departs Japan. I’d expect the detail of this to eventually state 90 days rather than six months, largely for purposes of where your tax residency ends up (see below).

Details of how to apply and what documentation will be required have not yet been published – keep an eye on Japan’s Immigration Services Agency for more details.

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Passport-holders of visa-exempt countries with tax treaties can apply, but you won’t be an official Japanese resident

Eligibility for the digital nomad visa looks set to be aligned with passports issued by countries that are part of Japan's  visa-free stay program . That includes the US and Canada, the EU, several other European countries, Australia and New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and many more.

Imaeda notes that a secondary requirement is for the passport holder’s country to also have a tax treaty with Japan , which is standard to avoid double taxation. The lists are different in some ways (Lesotho, Barbados and a few other countries don’t appear on the tax treaty list, for example) so do check your eligibility carefully.

Note that you won’t be eligible for resident records, which likely means that you won’t be establishing Japanese tax residency either. You’ll also need to have private health insurance.

It’s aimed at high-income remote workers, with a ¥10 million salary requirement

Imaeda highlights that an income of ten million yen – around US$68,000 or €62,000 of income at the time of writing – will be required for the program. There’s little detail available on this topic but I’d expect digital nomads will have to prove this through forward-looking contracts and/or past-year documentation.

Only certain kinds of workers will be eligible, largely to prevent the digital nomad visa from being used as an end-run around Japan’s immigration system.

Specifically, he mentions that the visa is for contracted workers remunerated by foreign public or private organizations. For sole proprietors (in other words, independents and freelancers), Imaeda states that they will need to have concluded a contract with a non-Japanese public or private company, and from the sounds of it this will need to be done before applying rather than afterward.

Keep an eye out for details about whether spouses and children are eligible in some cases – there's a lot of conflicting information around this point of concern. In particular, LGBTIQ+ travelers hoping to bring families along should read the details carefully when they are published: Japan does not have nationwide marriage equality or civil partnership registers for same-sex couples. Some municipal and prefectural bodies do operate couple registries – but these are unlikely to have an impact on immigration matters.

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Your passport may already mean you can work for three months in Japan

If all this sounds a little complicated, or you’d like to wait and see how it all works out in practice, an easier option might be to try a three-month visa exemption in Japan. This is already available for quite a few countries and it permits tourism and business travel.

Most travelers with a passport from one of the 70 countries on the eligibility list  are already granted a 90-day (so just under three months) visa exemption on landing – that’s the little sticker that goes into your passport when you arrive in Japan.

Exceptions include Brunei, Indonesia, Qatar, Thailand and the UAE (who get less time) and Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK (who can renew their 90-day visa exemption by applying to the Japanese authorities before their 90 days is up).

Japan also has a working holiday program for younger residents of 29 countries.

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Always wanted to live in Japan? A new digital nomad visa is launching next month

Japan set to launch new digital nomad visa in March.

Immerse yourself in Japan with this new digital nomad visa.

Japan is gearing up to launch a digital nomad visa next month. It will allow citizens of 49 nations, including EU member states, to stay in the country for up to six months.

With buzzing cities, diverse natural landscapes and world-renowned pop culture, Japan is the perfect place to combine work and travel.

The country is increasingly opening up to foreigners in the hopes of boosting its economy and international competitiveness, which are threatened by its ageing population.

Over two million foreign nationals now work in the country - the highest number ever, according to Japan’s labour ministry.

Here’s everything you need to know about Japan’s new digital nomad visa , including who can apply and what the conditions are.

Who can apply for Japan’s digital nomad visa?

Citizens of 49 countries and territories are eligible to apply for Japan’s digital nomad visa. These include nations that have signed a tax treaty with the country or that are visa-exempt when visiting Japan.

All EU countries are included, along with Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Iceland , Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkiye and the UK.

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Outside of Europe, Australians, South Koreans , Singaporeans and people from the US are among the other citizens who can apply.

The visa targets highly skilled professionals - especially those working in IT. It will be granted for ‘designated activities’, including working remotely for a company outside of Japan or as a self-employed freelancer for clients abroad. This is expected to also apply to YouTubers making revenue from overseas advertisers.

How much do you need to earn for Japan’s digital nomad visa?

Applicants for Japan ’s digital nomad visa must have an annual income of at least 10 million Japanese Yen (€62,672).

They must also have private health insurance.

The visa allows remote workers to stay in the country for up to six months - double the 90 days currently allowed for visa-free ‘short-term visitors’, who are technically not permitted to work during their stay. It can only be renewed six months after leaving the country, meaning consecutive stays won’t be possible.

Children and spouses will be allowed to accompany digital nomads during their stay in Japan, provided they are also covered by private medical insurance.

However, applicants will not be eligible for residency and will not be permitted to rent long-term accommodation .

The proposed visa is now open to public comment before it is expected to launch by the end of March.

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Japan is launching a new visa for digital nomads but will it be enough to solve its economic woes?

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Japan has become the latest country in Asia trying to capitalise on the rise of remote work but plans for a new digital nomad visa may face stiff competition from its neighbours.

Remote-work advocates have welcomed the "institutionalising" of what is already a reality on the ground — laptop-laden travellers working at digital startups or remotely for large multinationals.

But many in digital nomad communities have criticised the visa for being far too restrictive.

Its six-month stay limit is too short for long-term travellers and the $100,000 minimum annual salary requirement is often out of reach for those working at startups.

While Japan's weak yen is putting downward pressure on the cost of living, other countries are being more flexible with who they let in as a digital nomad.

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Who are the nomads?

The normalisation of remote work ushered in by the pandemic has transformed the life of a digital nomad from an influencer-fuelled fantasy to a liveable reality.

Many are entrepreneurs, running online businesses from wherever there's decent WiFi.

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Others are former office workers whose bosses let them ditch the daily commute provided they don't miss too many Zoom meetings.

Some countries want to capitalise on the trend, setting up flexible visas and promoting themselves as a cheap and idyllic place to log on.

But some regulators fear a flood of tax-avoiding visitors and want to ensure foreigners aren't arriving on tourist visas only to set up at the nearest co-working space.

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The Japan Digital Nomad Association has been lobbying the government to take a pro-active approach and "institutionalise" something that has become increasingly common since 2020.

Executive officer Ryo Osera welcomed the new digital nomad visa but was pushing for fewer restrictions, given what is available elsewhere in Asia.

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South Korea offers up to two years for digital nomads and their families, but applicants must earn at least $100,000 and be employed by a foreign company.

Taiwan's "Gold Card" is not technically a digital nomad visa but it can offer unlimited entry for three years, along with working and residency rights for those who are self-employed abroad, provided they have suitable qualifications.

Thailand's "Long Term Resident Visa" can accommodate digital nomads for up to 10 years.

They must earn more than $120,000 a year, have five years of work experience and be employed by a listed company or private business with a combined revenue of at least $230 million in the past 3 years.

Malaysia's "nomad pass" provides up to two years' stay for people of all nationalities, provided they earn more than $37,000 a year.

"It's not competitive at this moment … but Japan is now a really like popular destination," Mr Osera said.

"We are still talking to the government. It is a really big step but it's not yet enough."

Meanwhile, Japan's sixth largest city, Fukuoka, is trying to position itself as a digital nomad hub.

Tech entrepreneur Pablo Riveros spent more than a decade working abroad before starting the Fukuoka Startup Collective, a community for both nomads and expats.

He said Japan had lots to offer, from its fast internet and transport, to its culture and cost of living.

"It's super convenient for many Australians to come to Japan. It's really good and it's quite affordable," he said.

But Mr Riveros said the six-month limit on the new visa was "very short" and the $100,000 salary requirement was "one of the most expensive" in the region.

"It's really high. It's way higher than the senior roles in Japan in Tokyo," he said.

What's in it for Japan?

Given Japan's notoriously shy approach to immigration, how exactly the public will respond to a potential influx of digital nomads remains to be seen.

Because Japan has been dealing with population decline and an essential worker shortage, ideas about immigration did not always match the "reality on the ground", Shiro Armstrong, director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre at ANU, said.

People cross Japan's Shibuya crossing, with a number sporting umbrellas, as night sets in. Advertisements adorn buildings.

"They don't have wholesale, open immigration that we are used to or that we would recognise," he said.

"But there are about 2 million expats or foreigners living on various visas in Japan — and 2 million is not insignificant."

Like tourists, digital nomads could stimulate the economy by spending on food and accommodation but Mr Armstrong said that would not address one of Japan's biggest problems.

"They've got such huge public debt. Government debt dwarfs anything we've ever seen," he said.

"They need to raise revenue. So if they bring in foreigners on [a lower tax rate], it would be pretty interesting to see how the population responds."

Mr Osera saw how digital nomads could exchange ideas and build connections with locals when he recently took a group to a startup conference in Fukuoka.

"There could be more opportunity to communicate [with] each other, the digital nomads, the tech people and the local startups," he said.

"Japan is a big market and I believe a lot people are interested in having some business opportunity in Japan."

The visa comes as Japan grapples with the existential threat of a rapidly aging population and a subsequent labour shortage.

Authorities are also trying to foster a national digital transition.

It's a somewhat challenging task given old technology is so pervasive that some bureaucrats used fax machines to report COVID case numbers in the early months of the pandemic.

While digital nomads won't join the local workforce, Japan's Ministry for Justice hopes they will have the "ability and power to be a source of various innovations".

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