The Philippine Government offers different types of visas to foreigners depending upon their specific reasons for visiting the country.
Japanese nationals are therefore encouraged to explore the several categories of permits offered by the Philippine authorities. This will help to determine whether or not they need to obtain a visa in order to enter the Philippines and which authorization best suits their circumstances.
There are two main classes of Philippine visas: immigrant and non-immigrant. People looking to travel to the Philippines for tourism purposes will need to apply for a non-immigrant tourist visa.
Do Japanese Citizens Need an eTA Visa Waiver for the Philippines?
The Philippines allows citizens of many countries, including Japan, to travel visa-free for short stays of up to 30 days.
For stays exceeding the 30-day limit, Japanese passport holders will need to obtain a visa in order to visit the Philippines.
Eligible travelers will be able to apply for a Philippine eTA visa waiver online from Japan without having to visit a local embassy or consulate. The process for applying for the Philippine eTA tourist permit is relatively simple and takes a few minutes to complete.
Deciding whether or not to obtain an eTA authorization will require the traveler(s) to assess their plans. If the Japanese visitors know beforehand that they will need to stay in the country beyond the 30-day limit, they can either request an extension after they arrive in the Philippines or they can apply for a visa before entering the country. Either way, fees apply.
Travel Documents and eTA Requirements for Japanese Citizens
Before a foreigner begins the application for the online eTA visa waiver, they must ensure that they meet the requirements set by the Philippine Government for traveling to the country. These include:
- An eligible passport. Passports can be used to apply for an eTA only if they will stay valid for 6 months or longer once the traveler leaves the Philippines
- Intention of leaving the Philippines after the trip is over. This may be proved, for example, with a return flight ticket.
- Intention of not seeking and/ or carrying out paid work while in the Philippines. This can be proved, for example, with bank statements, cash, or other evidence of financial means.
It is worth noting that these requirements need to be met prior to applying for the visa or making any travel arrangements. This is because all visitors to the Philippines have to go through immigration checks at the airport/port of entry.
Philippine immigration officials interview foreigners by asking them certain security questions and all individuals are expected to answer these honestly and accurately. Tourists must also be prepared to present any necessary travel documents and a printed copy of their eTA permit. The outcome of the interview determines whether or not a person will be allowed to enter the Philippines.
Philippines eTA Application from Japan
In order to begin the application process for the eTA visa waiver, the applicant will have to access the Philippines eTA website. On the website, the traveler will be able to locate a link to the eTA visa waiver application form that they can use to request the permit.
This form will ask the applicant to list some personal and passport details, a valid email address as well as valid credit/debit card information.
It is imperative that the information provided on the online application form matches the information shown on the traveler’s passport. Otherwise, foreigners can be denied entry to the Philippines on the basis of having an invalid permit.
If the traveler makes a mistake in filling out the application, they may be required to fill out an entirely new eTA request online. In some cases, the applicant can contact the Philippine eTA visa website and simply ask to have the information updated in the system.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Philippines eTA from Japan?
The Philippines electronic travel authorization is very quick and easy to obtain. The online application can be completed in a few minutes from anywhere in the world (including Japan) as long as there is a reliable internet connection.
Once the online eTA visa application has been completed the applicant will be given a Unique Identification Number or UID. In case of multiple individuals traveling together as a group, the UID will be assigned to the primary applicant. The traveler(s) will also be charged a processing fee for the permit(s) on their credit/debit card.
After the request is submitted, the applicant can expect to hear back on the status of the review within 3 business days. In some cases, it can take longer than that depending on if there is any additional processing required on the application.
If the application is approved, the eTA visa waiver will be sent via email. The traveler will then need to bring both a digital and printed copy of the permit with them to the Philippine border.
Please note that each eTA holder should have a separate sheet of paper for their eTA visa waiver in order to pass the security check at the Philippine border/port of entry.
Before traveling to the Philippines, foreigners must ensure that they have a valid ticket for onward travel. Most airlines will check it before allowing people to board the departure flight to the Philippines and in some cases, tourists might have to buy one on the spot in order to go ahead with their travel plans.