**Update: I got a multiple entry visa to Japan in 2015 after submitting a letter of request for a multiple entry visa. Just include this in your application and hope they approve it!
This only obviously applies to those living in Hong Kong who actually NEED a visa to visit Japan as a tourist. Mexicans don’t need it. Thais don’t need it. But Chinese and Filipino nationals do – not sure what other countries are in the same sad boat as us. I didn’t really find much info online about other people who have done this, so I thought I’d share and be helpful.
I just got my Japan visa last month for my trip this coming April 26-May 7.
What I needed to present:
- Visa Application Form to Enter Japan (Signed)
- Passport (original and copy)
- Hong Kong or Macau ID Card (original and copy)
- Valid Hong Kong or Macau residency visa (original and copy) – this is your Employment visa that you stuck to your passport
- One passport-size color photo taken within 6 months (45mmx45mm, front-facing, no hat, collar shirt, white background)
- Documents showing ability to support the travel expenses – I just printed off my 3 months’ transaction record from my online banking accounts. I showed 2 from Philippine banks and 1 from a Hong Kong bank. Remember, it has to be 3 months’ history! I had to go back to print my 3 month record because I only had 2.5 months or something stupid like that.
Thankfully, no need for employment certificate, contract, or statement from employer stating that your leave is approved (the hell I had to go through for my UK visa).
Also, no need for itinerary or sponsor! Yay!
Fee: ABSOLUTELY FREE! I don’t know if this applies to other nationalities but Filipinos in Hong Kong get their Japan visa gratis! Awesome.
Address: Japan Consular Affairs Visa Section
46th Floor One Exchange Square
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.00; 13.30-16.45
The Results: I got a 3 month single entry visa between April and June. I was kind of hoping for multiple entry, but whatever. The simple was process enough.
Processing time: 3 days. Don’t lose your claim slip!
Hope that helped! 🙂