How to Apply for a Japan Transit Visa in the Philippines

If you are in for a long-haul travel to distant countries and will need to stop by or make an interim stop at a Japanese airport and make a brief visit here in Japan, you will need to apply for a Japan Transit Visa first.

However, if your purpose of visit is to be with friends or relatives residing here in Japan, there is an appropriate visa that you will need to apply for as well. The Japan Embassy in the Philippines has provided the following information and steps in order to help you with your Transit Visa Application to Japan as follows:

Applying for a Transit Visa to Japan in the Philippines


  • Your valid and original Philippine passport
    • Note: Your passport must not be dilapidated or broken as it will not be accepted for your visa application. Also, make sure that your passport has at least two (2) consecutive blank pages upon application.
  • A completely filled-out visa application form (available at the Philippine Embassy website or on-site)
    • Note: Make sure that you fill out all the information required including the application date as well as your signatory. Incomplete or incorrect information provided in your application could lead to your application to be denied by the Embassy.
  • Your recent 4.5 x 4.5 cm photo, in white background (with the applicant’s name and birthdate written at the back of the photo). The photo must be pasted on the application form.
  • A copy of your birth certificate issued within one year by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Main office or from any Serbilis Outlet Centres nationwide.
  • Important: If the applicant does not have a record in the PSA, he/she may submit a “Certificate of Non-record” from the PSA along with a copy of his/her birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar”
  • A marriage certificate (if the applicant is married) – must also be issued within one year by the PSA or from any Serbilis Outlet Centres nationwide.
    • If theres is no record of marriage in the PSA, the applicant may submit a “Certificate of Non-record” from the PSA along with a copy of his/her Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar”
  • Your daily schedule
  • A copy o of your bank certificate (the document should be valid for three months upon date issued)
  • A valid visa of the country for your final destination

Important Notes:

  • Prepare your application document in A4 size format only. Applications that do not follow this format will be denied. Also, make sure that there are no stapled or pasted pages in your document as this could also delay or cause problems with your application.
  • If the applicant can submit any old/valid passports with used Japan visa, he/she will be exempted from submitting his/her birth and marriage certificate, if applicable.
  • Providing any supporting documents such as the applicant’s economic and social ties with the Philippines (i.e. letter of employment, registration of business, etc.) and other urgent reasons for travel such as proof of medical necessity or a wedding invitation, is highly encouraged.


Here are the following steps for direct or walk-in visa applications at the Japan Embassy in the Philippines:

  1. Visit the Japan Embassy in the Philippines with your complete application requirements. Get a numbered ticket available at the gates for your visa application.
  2. When your number is called by the officer in charge, proceed to the designated booth accordingly and submit all your documents and pay the transit visa fee (Php300).
  3. Once your application has been accepted, you will be given an 8-digit acceptance code as reflected on the receipt and a preliminary verification date for your visa application.
  4. Return to the Embassy at the specified verification date indicated on the receipt issued upon submission of your requirements. Your passport may be released on the same date if verification has been completed.
  • Note: If your visa has been approved, it will be issued together with your passport. If not, you will only receive your passport.


Japan Embassy in the Philippines

Address: 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1300
Contact Details:
Tel. No: (02) 551-5710
Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays (except regular holidays)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm

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