How to Successfully Get a Japan Tourist Visa in Qatar? | Visa Guide for Filipinos

How to Successfully Get a Japan Tourist Visa in Qatar? | Visa Guide for Filipinos

Japan has been one of every Filipino’s dream destinations. We wanted to go there for various reasons such as to see the cherry blossoms, taste the authentic Japanese cuisines, ski during the winter, experience Japan’s heritage and a whole lot more. But in order to make that “dream” of getting there a reality, the first step that every Philippine passport holders should do is to apply for a visa (apart from saving). 

On this post, I am going to share with you my personal experience on applying for a Japan tourist visa here in Doha. Unlike in the Philippines, you will have to submit your requirements directly at the Embassy of Japan instead of going through an agency. Below are the steps that I took to successfully get that visa stamped on my passport.

I. Visit the Embassy of Japan in Qatar website to check out the requirements and other information.

Most of the information that you will need for your visa application such as the Embassy’s office hours, visa type, list of requirements and sample forms are available on their website, which you can visit through this link. Just one note though, you need to be a resident of Qatar in order to be eligible to apply here, as they don’t accept application from non-residents.

II. Gather all the necessary documents

Once you know the requirements that you need to submit based on your visa type, nationality and purpose of travel, you must now prepare and gather all the necessary documents. I applied for a tourist visa without a guarantor and here are the documents that I submitted:

1. Original Passport – more than 6 months validity and with at least 2 blank pages left.

2. 1 Passport Copy – particularly the information page.

3. Visa Application Form – click here to download. If you need some guidelines on filling up the form, you may visit this page provided by the Embassy. Make sure to answer everything, don’t leave anything blank. If some parts are not applicable to you, simply write “Not Applicable”or “N/A.”

Since I don’t have a guarantor, this is how I filled up the Guarantor and Inviter portion on the 2nd page of the form.

4. Photo – passport size with gray, blue or white background, and taken within 3 months

5. A letter from sponsor in Qatar – Not needed if your sponsor here in Qatar is the Company where you work, no. 6 below is already sufficient. But if your sponsor is your husband or parents, then you need to provide one. I am not sure though if this is still necessary if you will be traveling with them. This letter needs to state that your sponsor does not have any objection or issues with you traveling to Japan. It should also have details such as passport no., Qatar ID no. and the purpose of travel. Below is the letter that I submitted. My sponsor here in Qatar is my husband and sadly he can’t join me on this trip.

6. Employment Certificate – Should have details such as your Nationality, Passport No., Qatar ID No., your  position in the Company, joining date, salary, purpose of traveling to Japan, duration of travel and return guarantee to Qatar.

7. Copy of residence permit on passport and copy of Qatar ID (both sides)  should have atleast 3 months validity

8. Schedule of Stay in Japan – click this link for the format. If you don’t have a final itinerary yet, it is fine, as long as you indicate on the activity plan column the specific places or attractions that you wish to see and visit in Japan. See example below.

9. Hotel reservation for the period of stay – In my case, I submitted an airbnb reservation document that was booked by my sister from the Philippines who was with me on this trip. The Embassy required me to submit her Japan tourist visa just to be sure that she is eligible to travel with me. The accommodation document must also bear or show your name especially if you will be traveling with others.

You can also try to reserve through, they have an option where you can cancel your reservation anytime before the check in date.

10. Copy of flight booking – Your Qatar to Japan flight booking, but if you will not be flying directly from Qatar, then you need to provide your other airline reservation. I submitted 2 flight bookings, my Qatar to Philippines flight with Cebu Pacific and my Philippines to Japan flight with China Airlines, since I stayed in Manila for a few days before going to Japan.

11. Bank Statement for the last 6 months  This must be authorized and stamped by the bank. Take note that they are very strict especially with the deposits and the balance. You may be required to submit additional documents if you have loans or they may ask you to provide explanation for some cash deposits on your bank. The balance should be consistent for the last six months (Don’t attempt to deposit a huge amount of money before submission just to make it look good) and sufficient enough to cover your whole stay in Japan (For the show money, I would suggest at least QAR 1,000 per day/per person, just to be on the safer side).

12. Copy of previous visas  this can be Japan, USA, Schengen or UK visa if you have any.

In case you have a guarantor who will pay some or all of your travel expenses, you need to provide additional documents such as Letter of Guarantee, Guarantor’s Passport Copy and Bank Statement.

III. Go to the Embassy of Japan for document submission

If you have already completed all the necessary documents, then it’s time for you to go to the Embassy. Visa application is from Sunday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 12:00pm (8:30am – 12:00pm during Ramadan). In case you are not available to submit the requirements (applicable also with passport collection), you can let somebody do it on your behalf.

Upon your arrival, the security personnel will check your bags and you will leave to them your ID and mobile phones. Afterwards, proceed to the Consular Section. Once inside, you can directly go to the embassy official’s window or wait for them to call you. Hand them over all the requirements then wait for around 10 to 15 minutes to know the result of their assessment. The embassy official may require you to give further documents or sometimes they will just ask you to explain some items on those you submitted. In case you cannot submit the additional documents that they requested from you, you can politely explain it to them and ask if you can submit an alternative instead.

If the documents you presented are complete, they will hand you over a receipt showing the date (usually after 3 working/business days) on when you can get your passport with the visa, as well as the amount of visa fee that you need to pay. Good news for us Filipinos, as our visa to Japan is entirely free.

IV. Collect your Passport and Visa at the Embassy

The timing of the passport collection is from 10:00am – 3:00pm (10:00am – 1:30pm during Ramadan) every Sunday to Thursday. Once you got it, check first all the information on the visa and make sure that everything is correct before you leave the embassy.

There you go guys, I hope this will help you. If you have further questions regarding the application, you may shoot a message below or you can contact the Embassy (see information below), as they will gladly assist you with your queries.

I guess that’s it, good luck, hope for the best, have fun and enjoy Japan.

P.S.: Here’s my single entry, 15 day stay tourist visa with 3 months validity. 

Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar
Address: West Bay, Diplomatic Area, Doha, Qatar  P.O.Box 2208
FAX :   (+974)4483-2178

Office Hours
Office Hours: 7:15 – 16:00 Sunday to Thursday (During Ramadan 8:00 – 13:30)
VISA Application: 7:30 – 12:00 (During Ramadan 8:30 – 12:00)
VISA Collection: 10:00 – 15:00 (During Ramadan 10:00 – 13:30)
Closed every Friday, Saturday and Holidays

Visa Fees
This will be paid upon collection of the passport and the Embassy only accepts cash. 



  1. Jade Reyes
    January 19, 2020 / 6:55 PM

    Hi, ask ko lang po is there any issue if my friend is working in Qatar for only 1 year and 5 months on the time we are planning to apply for a visa. Because i think in applying Korean visa they require that you are working in Qatar for 2 years or more. Thank you and a big help po yung blog mo 🙂

  2. Lei
    December 9, 2019 / 7:12 PM

    Hello, first thank you sa helpful blog. Sa mga naghhanap ng tips share ko lang, I got warned din na risky un application because of bank account. I have less than 10k 😅 po pero i attached a cover letter na i will be receiving vacation pay and last salary amounting to 5k. But in the end they gave me visa 😍 today. I think plus points ang travel history ko ,been to 4 countries in the past two years with my bf. i applied with him also and we attached out r travel,pics together, tinanggap po nila un sa requiremnts,. Waiting pa kmi sa passpor nya inshala approved din sya. Kaya po sa mga desidido as much as possible magsave po tlg pra mabwasan ang kaba, qnd more travel more fun. Ty

    • December 9, 2019 / 7:16 PM

      Thank you so much Lei for sharing some of your tips.. Enjoy your vacation..

      • Lei
        December 9, 2019 / 7:23 PM

        Thank you

      • CammyV
        January 11, 2020 / 4:35 PM

        Hi, may i know kung anung nilagay niyo po sa part ng application form na “ID no. Issued to you by your government”? I’m confused if this is the QID number or an ID in the PH

        • January 11, 2020 / 5:45 PM

          Hello! I’ve put an ID number from PH, my driver’s license..

  3. Cams
    October 24, 2019 / 12:06 PM

    Hello just want to ask lang how long po ang processing time ng visa? My flight is on January and I’m planning to apply for visa on December. Is that enough time? Thank you in advance!

    • November 5, 2019 / 5:00 PM

      Yes you can.. Make sure to apply atleast 4 weeks before your intended trip..

  4. Russ
    September 29, 2019 / 12:24 PM

    Hello po! pwede po mag tanong? kailangan po ba dapat naka pag book ng Flight tickets before you apply for a tourist visa?

    • October 8, 2019 / 2:09 AM

      We booked our ticket before our application.. I know that it is one of their requirements.

  5. August 27, 2019 / 5:33 PM

    Hello po! Me and my friends (na nasa Philippines) are planning to go to Japan. The problem is I do not have bank account here in Qatar as I was only issued a payroll card. Is it still possible to apply from here but with Bank Statement from my Philippine bank account? Thank you po in advance ;A;

  6. vanessa
    April 28, 2019 / 4:59 PM

    Hi Mi, magkano po kapag multiple entry visa?

    • April 28, 2019 / 5:23 PM

      Hello Vanessa!! Are you a Filipino citizen? If yes, then it is for free whether single or multiple visa.. Plus, I know that it is upon the discretion of the visa officer if they will give you a multiple visa..

    • Jilyana
      May 6, 2019 / 2:27 AM

      Hi. If ever po na hihingan ka pa ng supporting documents like if may ibang bank accounts ka dito sa Doha or Pinas pero wala ka na mabibigay kasi yung payroll account lang yung meron ka. Ok lang po ba yun? Or there’s a bigger chance of getting denied?

      • May 8, 2019 / 10:11 AM

        Hello Jilyana! Make sure that your payroll account has enough savings, because I don’t think that they will ask for other bank statements if they think that the money that you have is sufficient..

    • Jho
      May 19, 2019 / 8:16 PM

      Hi ms MI.. ask lng po if pede n ung PH bank statement ang ipasa instead of the salary acnt that we have here? Nasa pinas po kc ang savings.. thank you.

      • May 19, 2019 / 10:32 PM

        Hello!! According to some readers of this blog, they were able to submit their PH bank statement and it was accepted by the embassy.. I would suggest you to call them, see the contact info above, and better check with them, just to be on the safe side.. Thank you..

    • Jho
      July 6, 2019 / 11:17 PM

      Hi Ms MI.. ask lng po about s flight booking.. does it have to be a confirmed booking? Thanks mam

  7. Mark
    March 30, 2019 / 11:15 PM

    Hi Ms.Maria,

    hi, ask ko lng po kung papayagan ba ng japan embassy kung wlang COE ,Yun company ayaw mag provide ng letter,pro the rest of the requirements are complete na. may nag advice samin na mag provide ng explanation letter and i attached yun mga supporting docs, like contract, salary bank statement , offer letter and leave form..

    any advice from your part.?

    • March 31, 2019 / 11:20 AM

      Hello Mark! Yes, I think that might do.. But just to be sure, kindly call the Japan Embassy first regarding that, I have provided their contact info above.. They usually answer queries over the phone..

      • mheyn
        April 1, 2019 / 11:36 AM

        hello po! Ms Maria I have question po regarding sa ticket and accomodation necessarily pba na mag purhcased agad ng ticket and hotel bago po mag apply for tourist visa?. 😀

        thank you in advance

  8. Hazel Joy
    February 13, 2019 / 1:18 PM

    Hi miss maria, I just want to say thank you for the informative post ( even though matagal mo na po syang blog). Ive been reading your blog again and again before I applied to make sure, and thankfully I got the visa 😊. I just want to share, maybe it can help the others, na I also got warned about the bank statement that I can get a high risk of rejection (I also have 10k plus budget) Yes they are a bit strict but I think I realized is, what they are looking for is the savings account, because what I submitted is the salary account. And if they’d ask for a bank statement in the Philippines, no problem po sa kanila na hindi official sa bank. pwede po iopen lang sa mobile, took a screen shot of my account and then sent it to them. After that they gave me a slip of reciept, kalas hehe. I hope this helps, para hindi po sana madiscourage yung iba na magapply 😊

    • February 13, 2019 / 1:27 PM

      Hello Hazel!! Thank you so much for the update.. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding bank statement, and thanks for that information.. I am so happy for you.. Enjoy your vacation.. 😊

    • joy
      April 16, 2019 / 9:56 PM

      Hi Ms Hazel,

      clarify ko po yung bank statement na need nila, savings account lang po ang tinatanggap nila?

      • April 26, 2019 / 3:14 PM

        Hello!! not really.. Any bank account will do as long as you have enough money/savings on it..

    • Gliza
      August 1, 2019 / 11:42 AM

      Hi Hazel, was it free? For the bank statement do you think a copy of the bank statement only (not original) from Philippines will do?

      Thank you.

    • Elaine
      December 4, 2019 / 4:15 PM

      Hi were you able to provide additional bank statement, i mean savings po.?

    • Elaine
      December 5, 2019 / 11:42 AM

      Nka pa provide kpo ng bank screenshot sa pinas butvthen you still got warned po for possible rejection?

  9. February 10, 2019 / 3:09 PM

    Hi Mam,

    Is it possible to stay for 90 days even if the visa mentioned for 15 days only

    • February 11, 2019 / 8:48 AM

      Hello! I don’t think so.. You might pay a penalty if you overstay..

      • Sunitha
        May 8, 2020 / 5:09 PM

        Hi Mam

        I am living in Qatar for business visa I can apply for japan visa without id and my company they will not give NOC can possible??

        • May 9, 2020 / 4:29 PM

          Hello Sunitha. You cannot apply unless you are a resident of Qatar. Thank you.

  10. nifras91
    November 10, 2018 / 9:50 PM

    Hello,My name is Nifras from Srilanka.. this way is possible for us ??

    • November 13, 2018 / 4:28 PM

      Yes it is.. Same requirements and procedures for all nationalities..

      • November 15, 2018 / 2:24 PM

        Thank you Maria Ingrid.. and any sample of your cover letter ?

        • November 15, 2018 / 2:36 PM

          Employment Certificate your got from your company with company letter head ???

          • November 15, 2018 / 4:51 PM

            and what about the Bank balance ??

          • November 15, 2018 / 5:09 PM

            Hello!! What cover letter are you referring to?? Regarding the employment certificate, yes, it should be on the employer’s letterhead.. What do you mean by bank balance?

          • November 22, 2018 / 4:29 PM

            ok… so why they request bank statement of last 06 months for apply the visa ?

    • February 10, 2019 / 3:10 PM

      Hi Nifras,

      Did you get the Visa already?

  11. October 24, 2018 / 10:36 AM

    Hello, Ms. Mi.

    Thanks for sharing this post. I noticed you mentioned that applying directly is for residents only, please correct me if I’m wrong. “Just one note though, you need to be a resident of Qatar in order to be eligible to apply here, as they don’t accept application from non-residents.” – If yes, how should an OFW / non-residents apply?

    Because we are planning for a Family trip and my sister who is an OFW in Qatar will most likely apply for a visa there.

    Thank you very much! 🙂

    • October 24, 2018 / 3:29 PM

      Hello Paula.. When I say resident, what I mean is those who have a resident permit or Qatar ID here.. Those who are under tourist or family visa, may not be able to apply, as one of their requirements is the Qatar ID.. If your sister is an OFW here, then she can apply here..

      • Paula
        October 24, 2018 / 7:21 PM

        I see. I also read in Qatar embassy website is that before a working visa, a resident permit should be secured as well. Thank you for the quick response, Ms. Mi. 🙂

  12. Nikita
    October 22, 2018 / 6:37 AM

    Hi Ms. Ingrid, this post is very helpful; thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    I also would like to ask if you have an idea if it is acceptable to submit a bank statement here in Qatar for 3 months only because I just opened the account last month, September and I am planning to apply and submit my requirements come December this year. (That would be a record from Sept-Nov.) Thanks in advance!

    • October 24, 2018 / 7:34 AM

      Hello Nikita.. Thanks for finding this post helpful.. Regarding your question, on Japan Embassy’s list of requirements, they specified that the bank statement to be submitted should be atleast 6 mos.. So, I am not sure if they will accept a statement that is less than that.. Maybe you have other bank accounts that you can present aside from this one.. Or you may try to reach the embassy through the numbers above to ask more about this..

  13. Jackie
    July 24, 2018 / 10:32 PM

    Hello Ms Ingrid, I am planning to visit Japan with my boyfriend who is US citizen. Can I also make him as my guarantor or include him in applying for my visa? Also I only have payroll bank account here in Doha. Is it fine if I use that or should I have my savings account here? Thank you.

    • July 29, 2018 / 11:53 PM

      Hello Jackie!! You can use your payroll account as long as you have enough savings there to finance your stay in Japan.. As for the guarantor, I think he can be, though I am not 100% sure about it.. You can call the embassy to inquire regarding this.. Anyway, he will have to give you a guarantee letter..

  14. Di
    July 18, 2018 / 5:05 PM

    Hello Ms. Mi, your post is very helpful po for me. Thank you for taking time to publish this post. I have one question po, since my only bank account here in Qatar is my payroll, I usually, I mean actually I always tend to withdraw all the money and send it to the Philippines. What would be your advice? Should I get bank certificates in the PH as well? Since my account balance here in Qatar will not be sufficient for this trip? Please give me some tips, I can leave an ample amount of money din naman po from my salary and ask for bank cert but I’m a bit hesitant na since you’ve mention na depositing a big amount of money one time is not allowed. Please help, I’m a cabin crew btw. Thank you, hope to hear from you soon ☺️

    • July 30, 2018 / 12:13 AM

      Hello Di!! Thank you for finding this blog useful.. Regarding the deposit, I didn’t say it is not allowed, rather avoid depositing a huge amount of money to make your bank statement balance look good.. If your trip wont be anytime soon, you can start saving every month on your payroll account.. Some says, you can present a printed online copy of you PH bank statement, if most of your savings are there.. I haven’t tried this though, to be sure, you may inquire directly from the embassy, I have provided a contact info above..

  15. July 7, 2018 / 1:40 PM

    Hi! I would like to check if how many months in advance do you suggest to process the visa? We are planning to go on January 2019. Thank you!

    • July 29, 2018 / 7:16 AM

      Hello!! 2 to 3 months before your planned date of travel.. So you will have ample time incase the embassy would ask for further documents..

  16. June 20, 2018 / 2:28 PM

    Hello po Maam Ingrid! I’m planning to visit Japan. Plano ko po sa Osaka ang arrival ko tpos sa Tokyo exit. Sa Osaka po sa hotel po ako mgstay and then sa Tokyo may cousin ako doon. Tanong ko lng po pwede kaya tourist visa yung i apply ko tpos once maapprove ung visa ko, ecancel ko nlng ang hotel sa tokyo then sa kanila ako mag stay?

    • June 21, 2018 / 12:49 PM

      Hello Rain!! I can’t directly answer your question.. But all I know is some tourist do that, so I guess it is ok..

  17. Haeoppa
    May 25, 2018 / 5:14 AM

    Hello po. Nag apply po ako ng Tourist visa dito sa Qatar. Sabi po nung staff complete naman daw yung requirements ko kaso risky daw yung application. Tinanong ko kung bakit sabi nya sa bank daw kasi nagtanong din sya kung may bank account ako sa pinas. Sabi ko meron kaso wala akong access online. May chance po kaya yun. More than 10k riyals naman po yung laman nung account ko.

    • May 25, 2018 / 6:46 AM

      Hello!! Let us hope for the best! The result of your visa application will entirely depend on the assessment of the visa officer.. They usually check the transactions on your bank statement.. Even if you have enough money but your balance is not consistent for the past 6 mos, then they might see it as questionable..

    • Angel
      June 5, 2018 / 9:48 AM

      Hi, may i ask the result of your visa application? My husband and i are planning to apply with our 2 kids. Yung 10k ba is yung laman ng savings mo or salary na mismo yun?

    • Elaine
      December 4, 2019 / 4:14 PM

      Hi did you get approved?

  18. Hae_Oppa
    May 24, 2018 / 1:24 PM

    Hello, nag submit po ako today ng requirements for application ng visa. Sabi naman dun sa nag check complete naman daw yung docs ko kaso risky daw kasi sa maintaining balance. Pero more than 10k naman po yung balance ko. Pag nereceive po ba nila yung documents ko malaki kaya yung chance na ma approve yun?

    • rodel leal
      May 25, 2018 / 9:53 AM

      ayy ganun po din yung laman ng bank ko naku pooo.

      tanong ko lang po kinuha po ba yung requirement niyo napasa niyo po o pinababalik pa kayo

      • May 25, 2018 / 1:11 PM

        Hello Rodel!! They got all the requirements including my passport.. They gave me a slip which specifies the date when I should return to get my passport..

    • JJ
      October 29, 2018 / 3:06 PM

      Hi, were u able to get a visa eventhough they stated that you a high risk of denial? All my docs are complete as well but they told me the same. Did u get approved or denied?

      • Elaine
        December 5, 2019 / 11:45 AM

        Hi jj na approved b un application mo

    • JJ
      October 31, 2018 / 10:41 PM

      NA approved ba ung application mo? Same scenario sakin pero di ko tinuloy.

  19. kat
    April 28, 2018 / 6:01 AM

    Hi ate ingrid, i want to ask if its ok i will apply here in doha for tourist visa but i will be coming from Philippines going to japan? is it possible?

    • April 30, 2018 / 11:56 PM

      Hi Kat! Yes, it is possible.. But you should show the embassy your ticket from
      Doha to Manila and Manila to Japan air tickets.. I applied here in Doha, but I stayed in Manila for a few days before flying to Japan.. I mentioned about this on the blog.. Thank you..

  20. celene
    April 2, 2018 / 7:34 AM

    Hi Ingrid! I just want to ask if you might have any idea, is it still acceptable if I apply the visa here even if I’ll be coming from Philippines? I’ll be having my vacation this coming may-june. I’ll go home then me, my brother and my parents will all together fly to japan. My parents already have multi entry visas so and obviously flights are much cheaper from PH rather than coming from here in QA.

    • April 2, 2018 / 8:25 AM

      Hello Celene.. Yup, you can apply here.. That was also my case.. I stayed in the Philippines for a few days before flying to Japan.. You just have to show your Qatar to PH and PH to Japan flight bookings to the embassy..

      • rodel leal
        April 6, 2018 / 8:13 AM

        hi maam ingrid me idadagdag lang ako sa bank account po mga magkano po dapat laman ng bank account mo in qatar riyal money

        • April 7, 2018 / 10:16 PM

          Hello Rodel! To be honest, I am not sure how much you need to have on your bank account to get approved.. Many says that the money that you have on your account should be sufficient to cover your stay in Japan.. In my case, I have budgeted atleast QAR 1,000 per day of stay.. It is actually better, if you have more.. Hope this helps.. Thank you..

          • rodel leal
            April 8, 2018 / 7:14 AM

            one more question maam maria yung sa bank certificate yung ginagamit kung atm yung pinagsasahuran ko ngayon sa company ko dto sa qatar pwd ba yun yung gamitin kung saving ko po

          • April 13, 2018 / 12:31 PM

            Hello Rodel! Yes, you can use it.. Just make sure that you have sufficient amount on your bank account..

      • Tope
        April 7, 2018 / 9:07 PM

        Hello I just applied for Japanese visa I was told to come back on 10 for pick up day with so amount of money will that mean they will give a visa?

        • April 13, 2018 / 12:30 PM

          Hello Tope! To be honest, I am not really sure.. But if they got your passport, then there’s a big chance that you got it.. Let us hope for the best..

  21. rodel leal
    March 22, 2018 / 6:20 PM

    eow po maam ask ko lang po dto po aq qatar now schedule nmin sa climb sa mount fuji sa july 19-20 uwi ko po sa pinas mga july 5-2018 ask ko lang po ilang days po ang pagkuha ng japan visa pag nag apply aq ng japan visa sa gatravel tours

    salamat po

    • March 22, 2018 / 7:41 PM

      Hello Rodel!! Sorry, I cannot answer your question since I didn’t get my visa thru a travel agency.. Maybe you can get their contact info and ask the query directly from them.. Thank you..

  22. Ilya
    March 18, 2018 / 1:58 PM

    I’ve done every possible way I can, had more than 10k riyals on my savings, got my parents to sponsor me as well, but at the end of the day… I got rejected not once, but twice… why’s that? I’ve lost hopes of applying for a visa to japan here in qatar… Obviously, the consul wasnt fond of me. I’ll try to apply in the Philippines instead…

    • March 20, 2018 / 7:40 PM

      Oh my!! Sad to hear about this.. Sometimes we really don’t know what they are looking for.. I also have a friend, who got rejected for Japan Visa here in Qatar, but when she applied in the Philippines, she got approved.. Hoping you can also get it in the Philippines..

      • Ilya
        March 26, 2018 / 8:45 AM

        Really? I would really appreciate it if you could perhaps, ask your friend regarding what steps/documents or procedure she did to get a visa in the philippines? Please do, if ever, you could contact me po at

        I would really really really be grateful if you could help me with this.


        • March 28, 2018 / 2:39 PM

          Check you email, I have sent you a message.. 🙂

          • September 7, 2018 / 9:26 AM

            Hello Ms. Ingrid. magsubmit pa po ba ng bank statement from Doha if mag apply sa Philippines. Anu po kaya sinubmit ng friend nio po?

          • September 21, 2018 / 4:57 PM

            Hello Love.. If you will apply in the Philippines, you will have to go through an agency.. You can ask the agency for the requirements..

  23. nouie
    March 14, 2018 / 8:52 PM

    hi miss mi.

    i just want to ask how much did you spend all from visa to airway ticket until the stay in japan?

    • March 16, 2018 / 4:54 PM

      Hello Nouie!! My visa was free because I am a Filipino citizen.. As for everything, I spent a bit more because our airfare was a bit expensive.. I believe it was around Php 50-60k..

  24. joanne marie colcol espera
    February 26, 2018 / 2:23 PM

    Hi Maria, do i need to book officially an air ticket as a requirement? Because we are travelling as a family all from Qatar and it would be devastating for me if i booked the tickets then denied to have visas in the end. Let me know thanks!

    • February 26, 2018 / 6:59 PM

      Hello!! I understand.. According to Japan Embassy’s website in Qatar, one of the requirements is a copy of a flight booking for the entire trip.. To be honest, I am not sure if this means actual booking or a flight reservation will do.. My advice is to call the embassy and ask them, I have provided their contact info above.. Sorry, if I can’t directly answer your question..

  25. Kate Roque
    February 26, 2018 / 1:43 PM

    Good Day!

    Gusto ko lang po itanong kung kelan kami mag-apply ng visa kung ang flight date namin is July 7-12 pa naman po? Is it April or May? And paano kung wala kaming savings account sa pinas? Lahat ng savings namin mag-asawa nandito sa qatar? Possible ba na ma-deny kami?

    • February 26, 2018 / 6:49 PM

      Hello Kate! I think you can apply by May, just make sure that all your requirements are complete.. It is actually better that you have all of your savings on your bank account here in Qatar, as long as the money that you have there is enough to cover your intended stay in Japan.. Now, as to getting denied for the visa, I honestly don’t know what the visa officer is looking for.. But I guess, if you have all the requirements, then you have a higher chance of getting approved..

      • Kate Roque
        February 26, 2018 / 8:43 PM

        Thank you for replying to my question. And also, is it safe to apply the visa by June if our flight is July? Because I just found out that my husband QID will expire on June and mine will expire on Aug. It will be less than 3mons valid according to the requirements. So we decided to renew our IDs on May and apply the Visa on June.

        • March 2, 2018 / 2:51 PM

          It is ok, I guess.. Just please make sure that your documents are complete and the money on your bank is sufficient to cover your stay in Japan..

  26. Cinderella
    February 23, 2018 / 10:49 AM

    Our family planning to go Japan by May 2018, safe ba if early as March 2018 apply na kami Visa?thanks

    • February 26, 2018 / 6:24 PM

      Yes, you can apply as early as March 2018.. Just make sure that you have the complete requirements..

  27. loreign
    February 20, 2018 / 8:32 AM

    Hi Miss MI,

    I am here in Qatar under husband sponsor, we are planning to apply visa for Japan. Ask ko lang kung need ko pa mag provide ng bank statement, company letter etc… sya nmn ang guarantor ko although I am also working here.

    • February 26, 2018 / 7:04 PM

      Hello!! I think no need na.. You just need to have a letter of guarantee.. But to be sure, kindly call the embassy, I have provided their contact info above.. It is best to get the right information from them, para hindi din kayo pabalik balik..

  28. ian
    February 15, 2018 / 12:53 PM

    hi Maria, ask ko lang po kukuha kasi ako ng bank statement ko this march 1 ibibgay nila ung feb 28 up to last 6months?, wait ko lng ung sahod ko para may Makita silang pera, pero may pera ako sa bank sa pinas pwde kaya pakita sa kanila ung mobile banking na may pera ako dun. nag call na aksi ako sa bpi d nila ma poprovide bank statement dahil wla ako dun. salamat po

    • February 21, 2018 / 10:31 PM

      Hello Ian! If you think that your money on your bank account here is sufficient, then I guess there’s no need for you to submit your PH bank statement.. But if not, you may call the embassy if it is possible for you to submit an online statement from your bank account in the Philippines..

  29. Jonas Pimentel
    February 6, 2018 / 12:55 AM

    Hi MI! I went yesterday to apply visa, officer required me to explain the credited amount sa bank statement ko which I can justify with proof, but he ask me also to provide statemen of my savings account in Philippines, are they looking for guarantee na may pera talaga ako to spend? Did they ask you same when you applied before? Should I apply it again after a month, but my flight is booked on 13April.

    • February 6, 2018 / 8:36 AM

      Hello Jonas! They didn’t ask for my bank statements from PH.. You don’t need to wait for a month, I think your application is not rejected, they are just asking you to provide more documents.. Once it’s completed, you can go back to the Embassy.. And yes, they might be looking for some guarantee that you have money to spend once you’re in Japan.. Is it possible for you to get those bank statements from PH? If yes, call Japan embassy and ask them if they would need original and stamped copies or if you can just submit a statement printed online.. Let me know if you have more questions..

      • Jonas Pimentel
        February 6, 2018 / 3:41 PM

        The officer ask me to provide at least online bank statement, with log in page, I’m afraid they will reject my application if balance is less than 6digits in PHP.

        • February 6, 2018 / 5:57 PM

          Oh! Isn’t the balance on your PH bank sufficient to cover your stay in Japan?? In my case, I have budgeted atleast QAR 1,000 per day of stay, and it worked.. Maybe you go back and try with the Embassy again..

          • Jonas
            February 8, 2018 / 5:11 AM

            I have sufficient balance in my account here and in my savings account in Philippines, I will try again with compliance on what the iffice asked.
            Thank you MI! God bless you.

        • JJ
          October 31, 2018 / 10:54 PM

          Pre pumasa ka ba? I have the same scenario, di ko tinuloy sakin at sa pinas na lang ako mag apply.

  30. January 29, 2018 / 9:05 AM

    Hi Ms. Maria! I’m just wondering kung ano po dapat ilagay in the visa application form when it asks for “ID No. issued to you by your government” do we put in our Qatar ID No. or Passport No.? Thank you po.

    • January 31, 2018 / 8:28 AM

      Hello!! You can put any other ids issued by the government where you are a citizen, such as drivers license, prc id and others..

  31. Jozell
    January 20, 2018 / 9:31 PM

    Hi Ms. MI.
    My family are planning to visit Japan this April.
    11 po kami. Mejo komplikado po ung sa situation namin kasi. Kami po ng Fam ko is andito sa Qatar, 3 po kami. And ung Brother ko and Wife nya nsa Canada. And the rest ay nsa Pinas. Our parents, My sister and her hubby and there in-laws. Ano po maiipapayo nyo kung paano or where kami dpat mag apply ng visa namin.

    • January 20, 2018 / 11:24 PM

      Hello Jozell!! Sounds complicated nga.. Are you planning to visit the Philippines first before going to Japan?? If yes, and you think have ample time, like atleast 3 weeks, then you can all apply in the Philippines.. If not, let’s say you will go directly from Qatar to Japan, then I guess it is better for you to apply here.. Or you may ask your relatives in the Philippines to call an agency that assists in Japan tourist visa processing to give you more information regarding your situation..

      • Jozell
        January 21, 2018 / 4:05 PM

        Hi ulit Ms. MI. Ganun na nga lang po cguro dpat namin gawin. Anyway maraming salamat po. God Bless.

  32. Rebecca Joy
    January 12, 2018 / 11:58 PM

    Hello Ms. Maria, thank you for sharing your detailed process in applying for a Japan Tourist Visa. Two questions though. First, just in case I got rejected in my first try, when is it possible for me to reapply again? Secondly, when is the best time to apply for a visa (e.g. 1 month prior to planned date of visiting Japan)?

    Thank you so much.

    • January 17, 2018 / 10:03 PM

      Hello Rebecca! 1st Q: I’m not really sure when you can reapply incase you got rejected.. You may call the embassy to know more about this.. Check the contact details on the blog.. 2nd Q: I suggest applying atleast 2 or 3 months before your planned date to visit Japan, so you will have ample time if ever the embassy will require you submit further documents.. For now, don’t think about getting rejected.. Submit all the required documents, stay positive and pray.. 😊

  33. MsBeboo
    January 3, 2018 / 1:13 PM


    I just want to ask, I’m also husband sponsor and working here in Qatar. Like you, I will submit NOC from my husband however for my bank statement tho they will see the salary deposit. Do you think I need to secure COE as well to justify it?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • January 7, 2018 / 7:57 AM

      Hello!! It depends on who will be paying for your expenses.. If you will be the one paying for your trip, I suggest that you secure a COE from your Company, because it is required..

  34. Tracey
    December 21, 2017 / 9:14 AM

    Hi thanks for the detailed information! I want to ask, can I provide both my mom and dad’s bank statements and make them both my guarantor? I’m not a minor but I’m a student and my family is supporting my expenses. However, when I went to apply with my father’s bank statements which is stable and has more than enough balance to support my trip, they said it does not look good and thay I need additional bank statements if possible. So I’m wondering, would adding my mom as a guarantor and providing her bank statement work? Would really appreciate any information. Thanks!

    • December 22, 2017 / 8:52 PM

      Hello Tracey, to be honest, I am not really sure.. But you can try.. Apart from the bank statement of your mom, you should also provide others docs such as guarantor’s letter..

  35. chloe
    December 12, 2017 / 11:20 AM

    hi MI, just wanna ask if my balance was not consistent for the last 6 months? i am saving money every month, and my target is, by the time that i apply for japan visa, my funds will be sufficient enough (following your 1000QR/day estimate) for my 4day trip, do you think thats gonna be ok? thanks for your advice 😀

    • December 12, 2017 / 9:12 PM

      Hello Chloe!! I think that is fine, atleast they will see that you are really saving for your trip.. What I mean by consistency is that, you should not make a huge amount of deposit just to make your bank statement look good..

  36. Jose
    November 14, 2017 / 9:21 PM

    Hi Maria! Question, I will be applying for tourist visa, will the Japanese Embassy call my company? The employmeny certificate that I obtained doesnt have any contact number.. is this needed? Thanks!

    • November 14, 2017 / 9:29 PM

      Hello Jose! I am not really sure if the embassy calls the company to verify information.. Does the employment certificate issued to you printed on the Company’s letterhead? If yes, then I guess it is ok.. But if you are in doubt, then I believe it is better to call the Embassy.. I have provided the contact info above.. Hope this helps.. Thanks

  37. Rochelle
    October 30, 2017 / 6:52 PM

    Hi Maria,

    Does the Qatar Id have to be 3 month valid from the day your applying for the visa or 3 months valid from the date of your travel. Eg : My Qatar id is expiring on 21/06/2018 and i want to travel on the 2nd of April 2018. But i will apply for the visa on the 1st of March . Is it ok.

    • October 30, 2017 / 10:52 PM

      There’s no clarity regarding that, but based on my interpretation, it should be 3 months from the day you are applying for the visa.. Just to be on the safer side, I suggest you to call them.. You may check the contact information above.. Thank you..

      • Lalyn
        November 3, 2017 / 12:05 AM

        Hi ma’am good day… Pls let me know if ever I want to apply a tourist visa here in doha Qatar travel to japan I am Philippines I work here in royal family sheikh AL Thani family in doha.. Thank you

        • November 3, 2017 / 12:17 AM

          Hello Lalyn! I guess you need to submit the same documents pa din.. Would they give you an employment certificate??

          • Dipendra kumar Thakur
            February 23, 2018 / 4:16 PM

            Hay , I want to go japan From Doha at tourists visa . I see above description it is very long Process please let me know Easy process , and minimum how long it will be take to process .
            Email Adress:
            Contact no: +974 77802489.

          • February 26, 2018 / 6:27 PM

            Hello!! Sorry, but this is the only process that I know and I just followed what the Embassy of Japan states on their website.. If you want to know an easy process, you may give them a call.. I have provided their contact information above.. Thank you..

    • rochelle
      November 10, 2017 / 7:22 AM

      HI Maria, Thank you for your reply. I also need to know how long Is the Japan visa valid for once issued. I also don’t have a salary account here in Qatar but I have sufficient on going funds in my India account. If someone emails my updated bank statement from India with the stamp and sign on it will it be ok to take a colored print and submit with my visa documents.

      • November 10, 2017 / 9:20 PM

        Hello Rochelle, the validity of your Japan visa will depend on the assessment of the embassy.. My visa was only valid for one month.. Are you working here in Qatar? I guess it is best to call the embassy regarding your concern.. I know they require original, I’m not sure if emailed copies are fine..

  38. Maggie
    October 7, 2017 / 3:03 AM

    Hi Ms. MI!

    Hope all is well. Ask ko lang po if it is possible na Philippine bank statement ang ipasa ko or it should be coming from my bank here in Qatar?

    Thank you 😊

    • October 7, 2017 / 9:18 AM

      Hello Maggie!! I think you should submit both bank statements, if ever.. For the QA bank statements, they are checking the salary that goes into your bank every month.. Now, if most of your funds is in your bank in the Philippines, you can submit it, but the bank statements should be original and stamped or signed by the bank, meaning somebody from PH should send it to you here.. I hope this answers your question.. 😊

      • Maggie
        October 8, 2017 / 11:45 AM

        I see.. I think I’ll do that just to be sure. Thank you for the reply Ms. MI! Much appreciated! 🙂

        • Hazel
          February 22, 2018 / 11:34 AM

          Hi maggie! Were you able to get a visa despite of your bank accts situation?

  39. gd
    September 22, 2017 / 8:55 PM

    hi! tanong ko. lang po gaano katagal irelease ung passport after applicationike in your case po, how many days bago niyo nakuha ung passport with visa niyo? TIA!

    • September 23, 2017 / 11:25 PM

      Hello GD!! I got mine after 3 working days.. They will let you know right away when you can get your passport back..

      • Loucelle
        September 24, 2017 / 9:20 AM

        hi ms . Maria..sana po ok po kayo..:)..ask lang po sana ako, for employment certificate po, need po ba i.address sa Japan embassy at sabihin kung anu po yung purpose?.sana po makapagreply po kayo..thank you po and God bless..:)

        • September 24, 2017 / 11:28 AM

          Hello Loucelle! Yes, I am ok, hope you are doing fine as well. For the employment certificate, you need to address it to Japan Embassy and you need to state the purpose (e.g. travel).. Usually, employers here in Qatar already know what information are needed on the employment certificate.. They even have templates for that.. Let me know if you need a sample, I can email you one..

          • Loucelle
            September 24, 2017 / 12:45 PM

            Thank you very much MI..nice blog by the way..very informative..thanks and God bless..:)

  40. Janu
    September 5, 2017 / 7:17 AM

    hi! there’s a question in the application form that asks your “ID no. issued by your government”, can I write my QID no. there? thanks 🙂

    • September 5, 2017 / 9:23 AM

      Hello!! I think you should put there the IDs issued by the govt where you are a citizen.. If you are only a resident in Qatar, then I guess you cannot write your QID on that portion..

      • ArchanaAdhikari
        September 14, 2017 / 10:54 AM

        Hi,I m nepalese citizen nd my friend want to apply for visit visa for Japan.Is it possible or not

        • ArchanaAdhikari
          September 14, 2017 / 10:57 AM

          Now my friend is in Qatar can he apply visit visa form for Japan.He is Nepalese citizens

          • September 14, 2017 / 1:01 PM

            Hello Archana!! If he is a resident and working in Qatar, then yes, he can apply for a Japan tourist visa at the Embassy of Japan in Qatar.. I think the requirements will be the same with the one I have listed above.. But if he wants to make sure, he can contact the Embassy, I have provided the info above.. Thank you..

  41. Ken
    August 28, 2017 / 12:39 PM

    Hello sir,
    Please does anyone know overseas Japan Online immigration department email? My question is, if a Japan company employs you, do you have to pay any money for an online Japan immigration department for the documents to be sent to you to the embassy for your visa?

    • September 5, 2017 / 9:27 AM

      Hello! Thank you for that question.. But I think I cannot answer that.. Just call the Embassy of Japan to give you proper information regarding that.. If you are residing in Qatar, I have included the contact info above..

  42. zaheer
    August 28, 2017 / 12:00 PM

    Thank you so much for this informative guide,

    Muhammad Zaheer

  43. July 26, 2017 / 4:35 PM

    Thank you so much for this informative guide!

      • kish
        September 19, 2017 / 3:25 PM

        hi maria! gusto ko ln magask if pde ko ilagay mom ko as my guarantor pa japan? though may bank statements ako kso sbe ksi nila need pa nila ng proof ng financial stability.

        • September 19, 2017 / 3:32 PM

          Hello Kish! Yes you can put your mom as your guarantor.. I think you need to make a guarantee letter din, I’ve provided a link above.. And you need to submit her passport copy and bank statements din. Is she your sponsor here in Qatar??

          • January 25, 2019 / 6:36 PM

            Hi Maria! Would you know if a flight reservation can be considered as copy of flight booking (valid but it can be cancelled if visa is rejected)? can you recommend a travel agency in Qatar that issues that?


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