Japan not lifting visa requirements for Filipinos, to issue multiple entry visas instead

Japan is not lifting its visa requirements for Filipinos. Citizens of the Philippines still need a visa to go to that country, contrary to false reports online.

Japan Visa
Japan Visa
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) issued an official statement saying multiple entry visas, valid for three years, will be issued to Filipinos beginning next month. It will permit pinoys to stay for 15 days each time they visit Japan.

Here’s MoFa’s press release:

Issuance of Multiple Entry Visas for Nationals of the Republic of the Philippines

June 25, 2013

In celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Government of Japan has decided to begin issuance from July 1, of multiple entry visas for short-term stay to nationals of the Republic of the Philippines (ordinary passport holders) who reside in their home country.

The further development of Japan-Philippines exchange is expected as a result of the issuance of multiple entry visas, including increases in the number of tourist from the Philippines who visit Japan and the enhancement of the ease of business transactions between the two countries.

  • Multiple entry visas for short-term stay for nationals of the Republic of the Philippines (ordinary passport holders)
  • Those who have fulfilled certain conditions and who have an ordinary Machine-Readable passport (MRP) meeting International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards or an ordinary IC passport.
Period of stay:
  • 15 days.
Term of validity:
  • Up to three years.

Japan became the top trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday after fake reports that it lifted visa requirements for Filipinos circulated in the internet.

Various reports said Japan only granted visa exemption to nationals of Malaysia and Thailand.