Hi! It’s time for another travel series once again. 🙂 Hopefully I will be able to finish this as soon as I can, before I forget all the details of our Japan trip. Hehehe. Very well then, shall we begin?
We booked a flight from CebuPacificAir bound for Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Japan) last March 2015. I’m not sure how much the original flight amount would be but I was told that we got ours on sale. Anyways, there are a few things that should be considered before going to Japan. The most important of all is that entering this country would require a visa for Filipino citizens. We were advised to apply for the Visa at least a month before the intended date of arrival in Japan so I applied for mine on the 20th of November. Keep in mind that the application process in Singapore is different from the Philippines. In PH, everyone is required to go through an accredited travel agency to apply for Visa. In SG, it’s an individual application. I went to the Japan Embassy in Nassim Road (just beside the Philippine Embassy) and submitted all the document requirements for a short-term visit as per their website:
- Philippine Passport – A valid passport with at least 2 blank (visa) pages remaining.
- Application Form with 1 Passport-sized photo (taken within 6 months) – This can be downloaded from their website. A sample page is also available for reference.
- Certification of Employment – Most important requirement for foreigners currently working in Singapore. A sample page is also available as reference.
- A copy of flight itinerary – A travel itinerary showing round-trip tickets to and from Singapore. Since I would be coming from the Philippines I was asked to provide an itinerary of my SG-PH-JP-PH-SG flights.
- A copy of updated Bank Statement – Personal savings account statement showing at least 1-month’s banking transactions.
- A photocopy of my Identity Card, or in my case my S Pass.
I went to the embassy before 8:30 am and was done by 9:00 am. Afterwards they gave me a slip which states the date on when I can collect my passport. For my case I didn’t have to pay for any fee although there are certain countries that are required to pay. I went to apply on a Friday and was able to collect my passport on Tuesday the following week. 🙂
The visa they gave me is valid for 3 months from date of issuance and I was granted 15 days stay. So I advise that you apply for visa at least a month before your departure date. For more information on Visa application process in SG you can go to their website. And for information on the Visa application process in the Philippines, you can read it up on Babe’s blog post here.
Embassy of Japan in Singapore
16 Nassim Road, Singapore 25839
Application – 8:30am to 12pm
Collection – 1:30pm to 4pm
That’s it. Until my next post on this Japan series.