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Access Denied!

For those wishing to visit relatives in Japan or just planning a personal tour without a sponsor, visa applications can no longer be filed directly at the Japan Embassy in Roxas Boulevard. Visa applicants should go through travel agencies duly authorized by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. Check their site for the official list of recognized travel agencies.

I went one Monday morning to the Japan Embassy in Pasay to file my tourist visa application only to be told by the security guards to file my papers to one of the accredited travel agencies so I went to the one located in SM Mall of Asia, submitted the required documents, paid Php 2,000 application fee and was told to wait for their call in seven to ten days for the result. When I went back to the travel agency for the result of my application, I was told that my visa application was denied and the processing fee is non-refundable so it was practically gone to waste. HAHAHA! Parang Farmtown lang.

One good thing about this new visa application process is that you can save yourself the burden of having to go through long queues for long hours. The bad is not only you have to pay the processing fee (I never paid anything for my Japan visa in 2004), you also get to doubt the travel agents whether they really tried processing you documents.

Bitter melon!

Update 18 June 2014: Japan relaxes Visa Requirements for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and India to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level.

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Noel Cabacungan

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46 thoughts on “Access Denied!”

  1. i’m planning to visit a relative in Osaka, my fear is like what u said above. i might just spend my hard earned money for nothing!how can i be sure that the agency i choose really processed my docs. tsk tsk, sad :(

  2. gud pm po..ask q lng po kc kumplete n po aq sa req.kso ung passport nlang po ang d q p nrrenew.pwede q n po b ipasa ung req. q?tpos later nlang ung passport? pls.reply..tnx

  3. gud pm po kuya,ask q lng po kc passport nlang po kulang skin,irrenew q p po kc sa dfa,pwede q n po kya ipasa ung iba requirments n hawak q? bale ihhabol q nlang po ung passport? tnx po..

  4. good eve po.. kuya ask ko lng kung anung mga documents ang kaylangan ko pag mag aapply kmi ng husband ko sa japan immigration ng illigibility? salamat po

  5. hello good day noel, ask lang ako kasi plan ko mag punta ng japan to visit my gf na nagwwork don, my documents na din ako like passport, bank certificate, letter of invitation and sa guarantor, xa ang magsponsor sa akin, pero my ipapakita naman ako bank certificate ko, so pano po ba eto?

    1. Mer, better ask your girlfriend to go to the embassy in Japan for specific instructions on your case kase may bago daw palang rules sa sponsor documents kaya na-deny ang visa ko. Or just go present your own documents without a sponsor kung kaya naman ng show money mo.

  6. gud am po. i’ve been looking at the japanese embassy website but still could not access the list of travel agencies authorized to offer visa assistance. Could you please help regarding this list. My mom has been to japan several times and it will be very difficult to go through the long lines at the embassy. my sisters in japan can send the supporting documents/sponsor letter.

    thanks.

  7. gud pm po kuya noel,,ask ko lang po ano ano po ang mga name ng agency na pwedeng mag processing asistance at tumolung sa akin para po maka kuha ng visa…pls naman po kuya noel..

  8. ask ko lng po kc mag 1 buwan npo ako hihintay ng visa ko, nagpasa po ako s reli travel agency ng docs ko ksma n ng eligibility ko, pastport,mc at bc nmin mag asawa…bakit po kya ang tagal nla irelis ung visa ko…my tendency po bng denied un kuya?.. un lng po hintay ko e bali 1 month en 1 week ko n xa hinihintay, ska every thrusday lg dw pwde magfollow up gnun po b tlg un?…

    1. lilipat ko po sna xa ng ibng agency nagtanong po ako dun s reli agency sb nia pwde ko dw ful out pro pasport n lng dw bblik skin ung eligibility ko ndi n, bali denied n dw agd ako nun,so s takot ko ndi ko n xa pull out sayang din po kc ung bnayad ko..like ko po kc mlman ilang buwan po b b4 marelis ang visa pag agency po?..ndi ko po tuloy alm if maling agency npuntahan ko, hlos lahat po kc ng frnds ko n andun n sb skin 1 week lng sila naghintay relis n agd..pinoy po napangasawa ko d2 kmi knsal…bnigyan ako ng japan ng eligibility 4 1yr po..salamat po…need ko lng po tlg ng sagot…God bless…

  9. Hi kuya noel..ask ko lng po baka may alam kayong agency na pwedeng irecommend na masmabilis magprocess ng papers for japan visa..

  10. hi po! ask ko lang po kung may idea kayo kung magkanong show money ang kailangan para magrant ng visa? and kelangan po bang may prior travel experience? Thanks po!

  11. gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kung my alam kayo tungkol ky rebecca gamurot na pinsan ko na nsa japan almost 20yrs,nang hindi umuuwi dito sa pilipinas ,wala na po kaming balita tungkol sa kanya kung nasaan na sya sa japan…nagaalala na po kaming mga pamilya nya dahil matagal na po naming di nakikita,,pls po..pakitawagan po ako kung my alam po kayo,,,09096874852//

  12. Kuya Noel, Pls advice me on how can i process my Japan Visa, do you have a suggestions for any Agency Accredited my Japan Embassy.? And how much money i need to show? How many weeks they approved my Visa. Thanks you.. Pls reply me here or text me 09153903787. You’re reply must be appreciated.

    1. I’m not really sure what advice can I give you, Irene. But I was told you may want to consider processing your visa with Reli Tours in SM Southmall Branch. By the way, are you visiting Japan taking advantage of Ceb Pac’s budget flight via Osaka?

  13. Hello! Husband ko po half japanese half brazilian and2 po cya sa pinas gus2. Po nya bumalik sa japan kya lang expired n po!pde po b cya kumuha d2 sa japan embassy filipines!ano po kyang requirements!salamat po

  14. Dear Sir,

    Good day po! Ask ko lang po kung anong mga papers ang needed ng 1 kinukuha ng nasa Japan na nakaratay sa ospital dahil sa pagkaka aksidente sa oras ng work.

    Salamat po….

    1. Hello Josephine. If you have contact to anyone in Japan, you might want to ask them to inquire in the Japanese government directly for they have more specific instructions for special cases such as yours. My visa was rejected because I lack a document from the Japanese government but was not disclosed by the agency I applied from.

      Some agencies do not bother to give you these important information.

  15. Idol tanong ko lang.. san meron agency na pwede applayan papunta nihon? palpak nman pala request paper ko ko kulang documents hapon pa naman nag request skin asawa ng tita kop.. hais anu maganda gawin kuya? salamat

  16. Kuya ilang months expiration ng request paper ko? request ng hapon pero malaki tax nya sa japan kaya sa tingin ko kaya. pero mukang expired na 4 months na kc d2 skin. my problema kc sa papers ko e

  17. ask ko lng po kung halimbawa dual citizen ka pinoy/europian at gusto pumunta ng japan need prin ba ng tourist visa khit 1week lng?at ano kaya mga docs na kelangan nila kung wlang sponsor?tnx po!

  18. please give me list telephone numbers of accreditted agency who can process a visa for japan..thank you

  19. GOOD DAY!KUYA NOEL YOUR NAME LOOKS FAMILIAR.TAGA NUEVA ECIJA PO BA KAYO?IM MARICEL FROM NUEVA ECIJA,GALING PO AKO JAPAN LAST 2006 PA.GUSTO KO PO SANA MAG APPLY ULI BAKA NAMAN MAY ALAM PO KAYO AGENCY.IM 34 YEARS OLD.

  20. gud day kuya,ask ko lng po kung nsa mgkano ang processing fee ng japan accredited agency,khit estimate lng po,pra magka idea ako.tnx

  21. In my case mr ko ang may itr at permanent work pero di sya kasama sa japan, ako nmn may mga bank statement at 4 credit cards , need p kaya ng letter from my husband n sya ang sasagot lahat ng gastos? 2k b talaga ang bayad sa agency? 4 kmi with my kids. Ty

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