Japan Embassy: ‘Japan Has NOT Lifted the Visa Requirements for Nationals of the Philippines’

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There have been reports circulating on social media that say Japan will allow visa-free travel to their country for Filipino nationals starting June.

Sad to burst your bubble, but that news is NOT true. Posted on the website of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines is the following Notice to the Public. It said:

Recently, false news have been circulating regarding the Japanese Visa for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam.  The news mentioned that Japan has lifted its Visa for the Philippines, Indonesian and Vietnamese.

The Embassy/ Consular office/ of Japan in the Philippines would like to clarify to the public that Japan has not lifted the visa requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam contrary to the recent reports. However, Japan has opened multiple-entry Visas to nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam. (Japan will continue to accept and deliver Visa applications for Japan through accredited agencies.)

For details about the Visa application and issuance of multiple-entry Visa please refer to the information at: (http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp)

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Also, the news posted on ABS-CBN’s website that was circulating around is old and was posted some time in 2014. They have already placed an Editor’s Note to clarify it. They said:

This is an old article posted on April 16, 2014. It has been superseded by other developments on visa restrictions for Filipinos going to Japan. Click here for these restrictions

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