HOW TO APPLY FOR A JAPAN VISA FROM SINGAPORE

Having a Filipino passport requires me to apply for a visa before I can set foot in the land of the rising sun. If you are like me, who is residing and working in Singapore then the visa must be applied for here. 

The good news is that acquiring a Japanese visa here is easier compared to Manila.

Visa application is available Mondays to Fridays 8:30am to 12pm, while visa collection is at 1:30pm to 4pm.

There is no reservation needed for the visa application, but it’s better to arrive at the embassy early in the morning so that you can finish early, too. 

I arrived at the embassy around eight in the morning. The guards will only allow people to enter the embassy at exactly 8:30am, so we had to queue outside the embassy and I was fourth in line.

When it was my turn to face the consul, she just checked my documents and gave me a slip with the collection date of my passport and visa. Visa fee is free for Filipinos so no payment needed.

After four working days, I was able to collect my passport and my approved visa. 

It was a happy day indeed.

Here are the documents that I prepared prior to my trip to the embassy:

  • Valid passport with 2 blank pages
  • Visa application form (http://www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/apply-form-2Apr2013.pdf)
    • You can download the form from the Japan embassy website. Fill it out, print and sign it. 
    • Paste your colored photo following the format from the embassy.
  • Recent color photo taken within 6 months (Original)
    • I had my 2” x 2” photo taken at Fujifilm at the mall near us. 
  • Certificate of Employment 
    • Get this from your HR following the sample format from the embassy.
  • Bank Statement
    • I just printed out my latest eStatement from DBS. Make sure your account name and balance are on the same page. 
    • They say that there is no minimum maintaining balance, and the consul just needs to see that your salary is being credited in that account. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you have at least SGD3000 to cover your expenses in Japan.
  • Flight booking
    • Since I will be coming from Manila before heading to Japan, aside from my Manila-Tokyo-Manila ticket, I needed to provide my Singapore-Manila-Singapore booking as well.
  • Identity card issued by Singapore government (Photocopy)
    • Photocopy of my employment pass (front and back)
That’s it! Just make sure that you have completed all requirements and arranged them accordingly, and you are good to go. 

Good luck on your application! 

Embassy of Japan in Singapore
16 Nassim Road, 258390
Tel (+65) 6235-8855
Fax (+65) 6733-5612
Email: ryoji@sn.mofa.go.jp

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