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Visa Application Process

Standard Procedure For Visa Applications

Foreign travelers who need entry visas to travel to the Philippines should file their applications at least two weeks before their intended departure from Japan.

Completing the Application Form

Visa application forms are to be fully and legibly completed by the applicant in English, and his/her signature (and seal/inkan/hanko, if one is available) must be affixed in the form where required. Only properly filled-out visa applications with complete supporting documents will be accepted.

Personal Appearance

As a general rule, visa applicants are required to appear in person at the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy for interview, evaluation, and assessment of their visa applications.

Minor Applicants

Visa applicants below eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the application may have their parent/legal guardian sign the application form and submit the pertinent supporting documents on their behalf. The minor applicant, not an infant in arms, may be required to appear and be interviewed by the visa officer, along with the parent/legal guardian.


Foreign minor children below fifteen years of age traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by, or not joining a parent, will not be allowed entry to the Philippines unless a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) is issued by Philippine immigration authorities in favor of the minor child. Please see the corresponding details about the entry of foreign minors and the WEG in the appropriate subsection in this website.

Processing Period

Visas are normally ready for release after five (5) working days from the date of acceptance and payment of applicable fees, except for visa applications requiring clearance and approval from Manila as determined by the visa officer, which needs a lead time of at least 7 working days (but averaging to 10 days).

Processing Fees

Applicable fees are non-refundable and vary per category of visa being applied for, pursuant to existing bilateral and/or multilateral agreements between various countries and the Philippines, and in accordance with regulations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Additional Information from Other Documents

The visa officer may require additional supporting documents not listed herein, refuse a visa application, or deny its issuance as warranted in accordance with existing rules and regulations, consistent with Philippine law.


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