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Filipinos can Visit Japan, Korea, Taiwan Using 1 Visa – Here’s How

This is the 2nd of a series of Visa-related articles brought to you by Ellry. For Philippine passport holders, visa requirements are a necessary evil to enter most countries. We aim to help you get the most of your visas through this guide.

Japan seems to be the new must-see destination for Filipinos, especially during the summer. Since the Japanese government relaxed the visa requirements for the Philippines, more Filipinos have been able to realize their dream of seeing the Land of the Rising Sun. Your Facebook feed is proof enough โ€“ doesnโ€™t it seem like everyoneโ€™s in Japan?

But the beauty of having a Japanese visa goes beyond being able to enter and see Japan. Due to its clout, there are special provisions that allow you to enter 2 other countries, using just your valid Japan Visa, namely Taiwan and South Korea.

Hereโ€™s how to skip the hassle and cost of visa requirements to Taiwan and South Korea, using your valid Japan Visa:

ENTERING SOUTH KOREA
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UPDATE:ย According to an update made by the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu, entry to South Korea from Japan with the eligibility stated below will no longer be allowed starting 1 May 2016. After the said date, this will only apply to Chinese tour groups with valid Japanese visas.

  • Eligibility โ€“ย Philippine passport holder must be in possession of (1) a valid visa or entry permit to Japan, and (2) a confirmed onward ticket or a ticket leaving Korea for Japan within 30 days.

This basically means that you can enter South Korea visa-free for 30 days before you go to Japan. If you intend to do a multi-country trip, you should go to South Korea first before Japan to use this visa provision. For reference, please see this link.

If you do not have a Japan Visa, you can still enter South Korea visa-free if youย have a more than 2-hour layover at Incheon International Airport:

Philippine passport holder must be in possession ofย an airline ticket for transit to another country withinย 72 hours, and sign up for a Transit Tour. To see the list of tours and to sign up, please see this link.

  • How to use your Japan Visa โ€“ When you get to the immigration, simply present your passport with a valid Japan visa and your onward ticket to Japan. Be prepared to answer how many days youโ€™ll be staying in South Korea, and what you plan to do, just in case.
  • Best way from South Korea to Japan –ย There are direct flights from Seoul, South Korea to up to 19 cities in Japan including Tokyo and Osaka. You can also fly direct from Busan, South Korea to Osaka, Okinawa, Fukuoka and Tokyo.

A ferry also travels from Busan to Osaka and Fukuoka: http://byferryfrom2japan.com/en/japan-korea

ENTERING TAIWAN

 

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UPDATE:ย Theย Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced last October 7, 2016 thatย Philippine passport holders who wish to travel to Taiwan are now eligible to apply for an E-visa (online visa) for a required non-refundable fee. The E-visa policy will be put on a trial basis for 1 year. Furthermore, they have eased visa requirements ‘Filipinos who possess one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States: (1) a valid resident or permanent resident card; (2) a valid entry visa (electronic visa included); or (3) a resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. Successful applicants are qualified to apply for the ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate which allows multiple entries to Taiwan valid for 3 months with every stay up to 30 days.’ Read here for more information.

  • Eligibility โ€“ Philippine passport holder must be in possession of (1) a valid visa or entry permit to Japan that has expired less than 10 years prior to date of arrival to Taiwan, and (2) a Travel Authorization Certificate, applied for online. To apply, visit this link.

Your Travel Authorization Certificate authorizes you to enter Taiwan (multiple entries) for a maximum stay of 30 days and the TAC is valid for 3 months upon issuance.

  • How to use your Japan Visa โ€“ When you get to the immigration, present your passport with a valid Japan visa and a printout of your Travel Authorization Certificate. Be prepared to answer how many days youโ€™ll be staying in Taiwan, and what you plan to do, just in case.
  • Best way between Taiwan and Japan – There are direct flights from Japan to up to 3 cities in Taiwan, including Taipei. From Taipei, you can fly direct to 6 cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa.

All this means is that with your Philippine passport, you can now enter as many 3 countries in one trip, using just 1 visa! Several Filipinos have been able to do this โ€“ check out the stories of Bla Aguinaldo or TheTravelGuyShops.

This spares you from spending time in preparing multiple visa requirements, and money on visa fees, flights and travel taxes. Ultimately, this shows that with some research and planning, your Philippine passport can go the distance, after all!

*Applies only to Japanese Tourist visas. Please check the validity of your Tourist visa, fulfill all the requirements above, and call the respective embassy before your departure.

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184 thoughts on “Filipinos can Visit Japan, Korea, Taiwan Using 1 Visa – Here’s How”

  1. what if youre already staying in japan as engineers visa..and you want to travel for a trip to korea..is there a need to apply for visa in korea?

    1. Check http://www.moj.go.kr/HP/COM/bbs_03/ListShowData.do?strOrgGbnCd=104080&strFilePath=&strRtnURL=ENG_4020&strNbodCd=noti0090&strWrtNo=2647&strAnsNo=A for info on your eligibility or call the respective embassies ๐Ÿ™‚

      Your situation is tricky because ideally, you should go to South Korea first before Japan to use this visa provision although the following eligibility criteria might fit your situation:

      ‘(2) Who follows under A-i-(1) and is bound for the country of nationality or third country via Korea, through direct flight from the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand to Korea after staying in these respective countries. However, Please not hat the first bullet points are not applicable to those travelling to/from Guam and Saipan, which are unincorporated territories of the Unites States.’

  2. Hi! Thank you for making this article. This is good news because it is my big dream to go to Japan and Korea and knowing I can do both with 1 visa is really amazing. Can I go like PHL – KOR – JPN – PHL or PHL – JPN – KOR – PHL? Also do that apply here in UAE cause I am working now here in Dubai and is planning to take a vacation first in Korea before heading home in the ph. Can I go like DXB – KOR – JPN – PHL or DXB – JPN – KOR – PHL? Hoping for your reply. Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Hi Ellry,

            Wanted to ask if do i need to get a Taiwan visa for 9hours layover. Wanted to visit some places in that period of time. By the way, im from the Philippines. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

          2. Hi Gen,

            If you’re going to Taiwan from June 1 2017 tp July 31 2018, you would most likely not need to get a visa because Taiwan should be visa free to Filipinos by then based on the news http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/13/1690505/taiwan-grant-filipinos-visa-free-entry-june

            Although if you are traveling before that, you would most likely need to apply for an e-visa because you’re going out of the airport. Here are the requirements http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1918.html

      1. Good day ellry,
        I am a filipino and currently working here in ulsan, south korea. I want to visit japan for just a few days but i don’t know the procedures and required documents to submit. Maybe you can help me out. Thank you.

        1. Hi James, you would need to apply to the Japan Embassy in South Korea. You can check the requirements through them.

  3. I used my single entry visa to enter Taiwan, go back to Manila, then go to Japan. Not true that you cannot use it in Japan after using it in Taiwan.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience! Did you have a multiple entry visa?

      According to the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan (http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=6464&ctNode=868&mp=2):
      ‘ ** A single-entry visa becomes invalid once it has already been used. However, a used single-entry visa might be acceptable for the purpose of immigration inspection to enter Taiwan, if it meets the following conditions:

      1. On the same continuing journey, the visa holder uses it to enter the visa issuing country prior to his/her arrival in Taiwan; and
      2. The visa holder will arrive in Taiwan before its expiration date.’

      1. Hi Ellry, in the statement above, I think, it means you cannot use a used Japan Visa to enter Taiwan not the other way around.

        I would like to confirm where do you get the statement that someone needs an onward ticket to Japan, to enter Taiwan using single entry Japan Visa?
        Thanks

        1. Based on the link provided above (http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=6464&ctNode=868&mp=2), we quote:
          “A used single-entry visa might be acceptable for the purpose of immigration inspection to enter Taiwan, if it meets the following conditions:

          1. On the same continuing journey, the visa holder uses it to enter the visa issuing country prior to his/her arrival in Taiwan; and

          2. The visa holder will arrive in Taiwan before its expiration date.”

          1. Ellry, i think it means if you used the single entry visa entering japan first, then you can transit to taiwan when you come back to ph. e.g. Ph-jap-tw-ph

          2. Yes you may do that itinerary For SINGLE-ENTRY Japan Visa under the following conditions:

            1. It is a continuing journey, meaning you are coming from Japan to enter Taiwan.
            2. You will arrive in Taiwan before your Japan Visaโ€™s expiration date.

  4. If you are traveling to Jeju via Incheon in Seoul without a Korean Visa with a 2.5 hour layover transit, is this permissible?

    Example: Phil-Incheon-Gimpo-Jeju

    1. Based on the eligibility above (which is only valid until 1 May 2016 – please see the Update), if the layover is more than 2 hours, you have to sign up for a Transit Tour to be able to tour within Korea using a Japan Visa. Kindly contact the embassy to verify this.

      1. Hi Charmz,
        I don’t think that is possible.

        Your destination is Jeju which is a part of South Korea. Since your first point of entry in SK is Incheon, you need to clear immigration in ICN then would require that you have a valid Korean visa.

        If you only want to go to Jeju, you may want to consider connecting thru other airport (e.g. Hong Kong).

      2. Hi Charmz,

        In your case, you will still need a valid Korean Visa.
        Even though your destination in Korea is Jeju, but your first point of entry in is Incheon, you will have to clear immigration/customs in ICN. Not to mention that you will be having a landside transit (ICN-GMP)

        You may want to consider connecting thru another airport outside of Korea (e.g. HKG, BKK)

        1. Yah as i read its not possible to enter incheon without a visa as your point of entry to Korea.If your point of entry is jeju island then no visa needed coming from Philippines but you cannot visit other place or cities in Korea since only Jeju island is permitted to stay.Means not possible to visit Busan or Seoul.

  5. Hi I wanna goto phl-kor-japan.pls help me what are requirements and how much it cost?I wanna avail your visa assistance

    Thansk,
    Joanna

  6. Hi Ellry. I will be going to Osaka Japan this December with my family. Does it mean that I do not have to apply for Taiwan Visa but instead; Can I use my Japan Visa to enter Taiwan which I am also planning to visit January next year ?

    1. If you have a multiple entry Japan visa:

      ‘The provision allows the traveller to stay within Taiwan for a maximum duration of 30 days. Unlike in South Korea, an onward flight to Japan is not part of the requirements.’

      Also, you must apply for a Travel Authorization Certificate to enter Taiwan using your Japan visa. The link for the application is provided in the article.

      Have a great trip!

  7. i have applied Japan visa in dubai and unfortunately i was denied they said that i did not meet the requirements it was my second time i have travelled to italy turkey korea HK and SG and i have provided them all the necessary documents i cannot understand why the Japanese consulate i Dubai is so strict

    1. Good day sherry, I would like to ask which agency you submit this time? All documents must be in A4 size as much as possible, your passport should have the info for emergency at the back and there’s docs you cannot submit you can submit promissory note why you cannot. Strictly A4 size. The copy of your original docs especially. I had that same probs too. The second agency I tried was great they really helped me. Hope it will help you.

    2. Here n the philippines.. i was also denied.. agan! Two times already for reasons i dont know why.. now im planning to go to taiwan.. im really so upset for what happened with my application.. my mistake was i applied again with the same agent!

  8. Just want to ask, what are the cheapest airline to take.

    Taipe to Seoul and Seoul to Tokyo.

    Just want to plan a trip.

    Cebu – Taipei – Seoul – Tokyo – Cebu.

    1. If you mean you have a Japan tourist visa that you attained by submitting an invitation from your relatives in Japan, yes, you may use it as long as you follow the guidelines set by the embassies.

    1. Hi Gale! We made an update for South Korea:

      ‘UPDATE: According to an update made by the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu, entry to South Korea from Japan with the eligibility stated below will no longer be allowed starting 1 May 2016. After the said date, this will only apply to Chinese tour groups with valid Japanese visas.’

    1. Hi JM, we made an update to the article about visiting SoKor.

      ‘UPDATE: According to an update made by the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu, entry to South Korea from Japan with the eligibility stated below will no longer be allowed starting 1 May 2016. After the said date, this will only apply to Chinese tour groups with valid Japanese visas.’

      For Taiwan, if you have a multiple entry Japanese visa, an onward flight to Japan is not part of the requirements.

      1. Can I ask if after Taiwan, do I have to go back to Japan going back to my home country especially if I have a round trip ticket? Thanks

          1. Hi Ellry, my itinerary will include going first in Japan then having a 2 days visit in Taiwan back to my home country (MNL). I only have single entry, is it also possible?

          2. Hi Princess, do you mean you have a single entry Japan Visa? You can visit Taiwan with a single entry Japan visa by applying for a Travel Authorization Certificate online

  9. Hi, just would like to confirm, is the “Visa Number” on a Japan Visa the one on the upper right? Or the issue number? I’m currently filling out an entry permit for Taiwan using mu Japan Visa and I’m not sure which number to use on the Visa number portion.

  10. Hi. this is a very helpful post! Thanks for this one! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning to go on a MNL-TAIWAN-TOKYO-TAIWAN-MNL trip. I have a single entry to Japan, is this possible? Am I right that the single entry is considered invalid once used(in Japan for one entry) and not in Taiwan for the first time.

    1. A single-entry visa becomes invalid once it has already been used.

      If you use it to enter Taiwan, you can no longer use it to enter Japan.
      If you use it to enter Japan, you can only use it to enter Taiwan under the following conditions:

      1. It is a continuing journey, meaning you are coming from Japan to enter Taiwan.
      2. You will arrive in Taiwan before your Japan Visaโ€™s expiration date.

    2. hi wanna share my experiences since I am a frequent travelers, I have a valid multiple japan Visa and a 1 year Australia visa I use to visit Taiwan like once every month since my bf living here every time I enter Taiwan I can use either my japan visa or Australia and Taiwan permitted me to stay at least 30 days and it’s a multiple entry free visa as long as your japan, or Australia visa is valid.. As far as I know Taiwan has at least few countries visa you can use to enter this beautiful city, like USA, UK, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND and SCHENGEN countries.. If your only using single entry you cannot use that to enter to this free exempted visa country like Taiwan or Korea

      1. Hi Sheryl,

        Just want to confirm, I cannot use my single-entry Japan Visa going to and from Taiwan. I opted to get a Japan Visa rather than getting a Taiwan Visa because of cheaper fees. Let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

  11. I would like to ask if iam currently working here in taiwan, if i can get a japan visa.?? . for tour.. i just wanna spend vacation there atleast 1 week.because my fiance is from u. S so were planning to meet there.. but im going back here in taiwan to work. . thanks so much!

    1. You can head to the Japanese embassy in Taiwan to apply although we recommend you contact a travel agency who can give you their expert opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I am working here in south korea and i’m planning to visit a friend in japan this coming august. I’m a philippine passport holder. Do i need to get a visa to enter japan? What are the procedures and requirements to be accomplish?

    1. Hi James, yes you will need a Japan Visa. Please contact a local travel agency for more details as we do not process visas

    1. Hi Karen, could you explain more about your first question?

      You can do Manila- Taipei- Manila depending on the type of visa you have.

      For MULTIPLE-ENTRY Japan Visa:

      The provision allows the traveler to stay within Taiwan for a maximum duration of 30 days. Unlike in South Korea, an onward flight to Japan is not part of the requirements.

      For Single Entry, please check out the info under the Taiwan section

  13. Hi, I’m arnie a Filipina . I’m currently working here in South Korea with E-9 visa . I’m planning to visit Okinawa by this sept. For 4 days and going back here again to South Korea . Is it possible to come in Okinawa for just a visit while having this visa ? Thanks

      1. I have a single entry visa to Japan and i booked a flight for taipei and from there fly to Okinawa. I only have one way ticket to Okinawa because from oki I plan to go to U. S. (i have a u. S. Visa); will i encounter problems with this. Thank you.

        1. Hi Elino, immigration usually requires a return flight ticket. You can show your ticket Okinawa-US and US to PH to prove this. I would recommend consulting with the embassy to be sure.

    1. Hi Sarishma, no this is not allowed anymore although you might be able to go on Korea’s Transit tours as long as it meets their requirements here: http://kwt.mofa.go.kr/english/af/kwt/visa/issuance/index.jsp

      ‘Starting from May 1, 2016, visa-free entry for transit tourists bound for another country will be revised as follows.

      โ€ป Major revisions

      – Among persons holding a visa to enter the 5 advanced countries who transit through Korea, Japanese individual visa holders are excluded from visa-free entry’

      from http://phi-cebu.mofa.go.kr/english/as/phi-cebu/mission/notice/index.jsp?sp=/webmodule/htsboard/template/read/engreadboard.jsp%3FtypeID=16%26boardid=15091%26seqno=733046%26tableName=TYPE_ENGLEGATIO

      Please call Korean Embassy to check if your itinerary meets their requirements.

      1. I think it was revised again, I quote “No-Visa Entry for Transit Tourists (Existing Policy)
        A. Eligibility

        i. A national of one of the countries prohibited from no-visa entry into Korea, except for a national of Macedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran; and
        (1) Who holds an entry visa for, and is bound for one of the following countries via Korea: United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand (EXCLUDING Japanese group visa); or
        (2) Who follows under A-i-(1) and is bound for the country of nationality or a third country via Korea, through direct flight from the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand to Korea after staying in these respective countries.”

  14. I am a filipino and have a phil passport. Would like to go cruising from HK-Korea-Japan-HK. Do i need to have visa to enter Japan and Korea once the cruise disembarks? Thanks

    1. Hi Glendon, it would be best to contact the company whom you will do the cruise with as they will know which visas you will need. Some cruise lines may recommend a travel agency to help you with your visas.

  15. Hi Ellry,

    I have trip to Japan coming up in mi August for a week. Go back to the PH after that. Then in 10 days another trip to Taiwan. I am still waiting for my Japan visa but I doubt it’ll be a multiple entry visa since it’s my first time to apply.

    My concern is if my Japan visa would still be valid for Taiwan entry even if by that time my visa would already have been used to enter Japan, even if I arrive in Taiwan before the expiration of my visa. Or should I apply for the Travel Authorization Certificate before I even leave for Japan?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Lucky,

      For SINGLE-ENTRY Japan Visa:

      A single-entry visa becomes invalid once it has already been used.

      If you use it to enter Taiwan, you can no longer use it to enter Japan.

      If you use it to enter Japan, you can only use it to enter Taiwan under the following

      conditions:

      1. It is a continuing journey, meaning you are coming from Japan to enter Taiwan.

      2. You will arrive in Taiwan before your Japan Visaโ€™s expiration date.

      You can find more info on the article. Enjoy your trip !

  16. Hi I m currently a Australia student visa holder n I intend to visit Taiwan and Korea, so how m I suppose to process for visa?

    1. Hi Sangay, if you have a US visa, you can apply online for a Taiwan Visa. If your itinerary is Australia- Taiwan (apply directly with Taiwan embassy or online if you have US visa) – Korea – Australia, you might be able to go to Korea in transit as your next destination is Australia. Please read http://kwt.mofa.go.kr/english/af/kwt/visa/issuance/index.jsp

      I suggest you contact the Korean Embassy to verify if that itinerary will allow you to enter Korea without a visa since you will be in transit, heading to Australia. We do not process visas and this information is solely from their website.

      ‘Eligibility for No-Visa Entry for Foreigners in Transit
      1. No-Visa Entry for Transit Tourists (Existing Policy)

      A. Eligibility

      i. A national of one of the countries prohibited from no-visa entry into Korea, except for a national of Macedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran; and
      (1) Who holds an entry visa for, and is bound for one of the following countries via Korea: United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand (excluding Japanese group visa); or
      (2) Who follows under A-i-(1) and is bound for the country of nationality or a third country via Korea, through direct flight from the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand to Korea after staying in these respective countries.

      ii. A Chinese national
      (1) Who holds an entry visa for, and is bound for one of the 30 European countries (Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary) via Korea; or
      (2) Who returns to China via Korea departing from the above-mentioned countries.

      B. Criteria for Permission
      The person must hold a reserved airline ticket for a flight that departs within 30 days.

      C. Status of Stay and Period: Tourism & Transit (B-2) visa, 30 days’

  17. Hello ma’am just want to ask do I need to get korean visa if I will stop over there for 3days my flight will be dxb to korea , korea to philippines.thanks hope to hear from u the soonest.

    1. Hi Jho,

      I’ve been in transit in Korea before without needing a visa because I was heading to US. The other countries that they allow you to be in transit without a visa is when you’re heading to Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

      I found information that you need to join their transit tour program if you’re heading to your country of nationality from http://kwt.mofa.go.kr/english/af/kwt/visa/issuance/index.jsp

      ‘No-Visa Entry for Transit Tourists Participating in the Transit Tourism Program

      A. Eligibility

      i. A foreigner who transfers at the Incheon International Airport to the country of nationality or a third country and participates in the Transit Tourism Program, except for a national of one of the 11 countries prohibited from no-visa entry for Jeju Island (Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine); or

      ii. A foreigner who holds a Japanese group visa and participates in the Transit Tourism Program.

      B. Criteria for Permission

      i. The person must hold an airline ticket for transit within 72 hours.
      ii. The person must stay only in the possible destination for tourists of Seoul (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province)

      C. Status of Stay and Period : Tourism & Transit (B-2) visa, Within 72 hours’

      My interpretation is that as long as you dont exceed the 72hrs and you reserve in advance for the Transit Tours, you won’t need a visa. Although I highly recommend you call the Korean Embassy to confirm their rules.

  18. Hi there! I am a philippine passport holder, Do i still need a transit visa for taiwan if my flight itinerary is (sydney-kl-taiwan-macau… ) 5hours lay over in taiwan… I have korea nz and australian visa…

  19. Hello , I got my single entry Japanese visa for 15 days and I booked flight ICN south Korea Aug 29-10sept then Japan sept 10to sept 24, sept 24 to taiwan. Can I still go with only Japanese visa to south Korea or I need to apply for visa to Korea ?

    Thank you
    Rizza here

  20. Hi Ellry,

    “For single-entry Japan Visa holders, include your onward ticket to Japan.”

    Clarify ko lang. Saang immig to? Sa PH, JPN or TWN?

    Kung ang route ko ay PHL-JPN-TWN-PHL, what do you mean by onward ticket to Japan if Japan naman talaga ang first destination ko?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Vin, that phrase is from the ‘entering Taiwan’ section for single entry Japan visa holders. Some people opt to visit Taiwan first.

  21. Great article! Very informative and helpful. I will share this my friend who is planning to visit Korea and Japan as well. By the way, my colleagues required CA BOF 119 earlier today and discovered a great service that hosts 6 million forms .

  22. Hi Ellry,
    I already booked flights for PHL-JPN-PHL, and I was too late to read this post. Is it possible to do this, PHL-KOR-PHIL-JPN-PHL, using the Single Entry Visa for Japan? I’m just planning to book an additional roundtrip flight from PHL-KOR? Thank you.

  23. Hi Ellry,

    I wanted to ask if I have a single entry Japan visa and my flight to Japan from Manila and vice-versa have 2-3 hours lay-over in Taipei, do I need an entry visa for Taiwan and the the Travel Authorization Requirement?

    Thanks in advance!

  24. hi! very informative. I have a single entry visa to Japan, and was able to use it last June, basically it is expired now. Learning about the TAC being issued by Taiwan, I immediately tried to apply, and it was approved for a Multiple Entry.
    Do you think there will be a problem once i present the used Japan visa to the immigration? Big thanks.

    1. Hi Amrel, I think you need a valid Japan visa. It would be best to call the embassy to check.

      Their website states:

      In addition, the applicant must possess at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
      1. Valid resident or permanent resident card
      2. Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)
      3. Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan

      http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=6464&ctNode=868&mp=2

  25. Kung meron po ba akong japan visa. Mas madali na po ba kumuha ng korean visa? Ano po ba the best way para makavisit korea using japan visa? Please replay thanks!!

  26. Hi does anyone here had made a mistake in filling up the taiwan visa free online application?I enter the issue number of japan as visa.number. Can anyone help me what to do?should i disregard and apply online again?

    1. Hi Jocelyn, we haven’t encountered that yet. You can call the Taiwan Embassy in Manila to check what you should do ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Hello, I’m now working in Japan and would like to visit Korea for a week. Any idea on how to get korean visa easily while im here in japan? Thank you!

  28. Hi! Im an OFW in Japan with a Specialist/Humanities visa, planning to have layover flight JPN-ICN-CEB and CEB-ICN-JPN. Based on the statement above, I understand I’ll just have to stay within the airport for the 10-hour layover. Should I still be bringing any other necessary documents to show during the layover?

  29. Hi just wanna ask if the Korean immigration in the Philippines would allow a single first time traveler. My visa will expire on Dec 16. 2016 and my travel period is from Dec 7-12. Is that ok?

  30. I just wanna ask if it’s okay to use my used japan visa to enter taiwan? I have already updated my passport from single to married. Can i still use the used visa? Thank you

    1. Anyway, I have already applied for the ROTC and was approved but Im not sure if they are going to accept my old passport to present as a proof

        1. ROTC? if the Japan visa is expired you cannot use. Travel Certificate online they approve as long as you input all the required information and when you get there they won’t allow you. Make sure if you will do the visa exempt, it’s either ur visa is multiple entry or used but the same day when you leave that country is the same day you enter Taiwan or not used single entry. That’s what I experienced before. I used my Japan single entry visa and tried to go to Taiwan after few weeks. I applied for the travel certificate online and it was approved but I didnt know that online thing cannot really check if ur still eligible to fly to Taiwan using the used single entry visa. I booked and when that day comes I was not able to fly so my ticket was wasted. If you have entry visa issued by Taiwan and have place to stay while ur there it will be ok and the name is correct.

          Based on my own experience

  31. Hi. I have booked my flight going to taipei, and applied for the ROTC and was approved. I’m quite worried because my expired japan tourist visa is pasted in my old passport (when I was single). Now that I’ve got my new passport (Married), I’m just thinking maybe they won’t accept it? or should I just bring my marriage certificate along with my old passport to present to the Immigration Officer

    1. What’s the name on your ROTC? Is it your maiden name? If not, bring your marriage certificate, birth certificate and old passport to be sure.

  32. The name that I have applied for the ROTC was my name on my valid passport. Are they going to accept if the expired visa is in my old passport?

        1. Based on my experience the airline itself won’t allow you. I’m the second passenger that they encountered with used visa and with just the travel certificate. They said if they allow me when I arrive in taiwan the immigration will not allow me and get send back home and the airline will be penalize coz of that. You can call the airline where you booked your ticket to confirm or the TECO. If there’s any changes. It happened to me last March 2016. The online travel certificate thing is not valid if you don’t have valid Japan visa. You should have continued from Japan to Taiwan that way you can enter Taiwan with your used Japan visa. I can still remember I said I have travel certificate approved and they said they can apply for me on that very moment and print it out. If your Japan visa is the one you will use to enter Taiwan better check now so you can apply for Taiwan visa before your trip so you can use your ticket. Right now I have multiple entry valid for 5yrs in Japan.

          1. I’m really sorry to hear that but have you heard about the news that they are now allowing people to go to taiwan as long as you have the visa that is expired no longer than 10years. That was october 6 when I’ve heard about this news. I’m just wondering if they would accept it if my used visa is pasted on my passport that i’ve used when i was still single. There are different last names on my used visa and updated passport.

  33. If that’s the case you can ask TECO then. Just sharing my own experience nothing else. Just want to help. Have a safe trip.

      1. Hi Jaja, did the immigration accept your old visa under your maiden name? I am on the same situation as yours. Thanks!

  34. Hi there.
    I am a filipina married to a japanese. I am now a spouse visa holder. My husband would like to have a vacation in the philippines. 4-5 days only i guess. What procedure should I do for me to come back in Japan? They said i need to get that re-entry thing. And i don’t know about that and how to get it. Can you help me about this matter? Thanks a lot!

  35. Hi Guys and Ellry,

    I am planning to travel to Korea this Decemeber or January. I applied for Korean Visa and it got approved single-entry. I heared about the updated guidelines that I can use my Korean Visa to enter Taiwan. My questions are:

    1. Will I be allowed to enter Korea even if I already presented my visa entering Taiwan prior to my Korea trip? My flight to Taiwan will be this November.

    2. If in any case, my Korea trip will not push through, will there be any issues applying for a new Korean visa given that I have an unused visa?

    3. Would anyone of you know which number is the Visa Number on the Korean visa? Is it the one on the upper right hand part or thr one in orange/red that is next to SEX? I need this to completely fill out the TAC form for Taiwan. Thanks.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ryan,

      The Taiwan Embassy announced the following:

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced that starting from October 7, 2016, Philippine passport holders who wish to travel to Taiwan are now eligible to apply for an E-visa (online visa). This simplified visa policy will facilitate the processing and save applicant’s time, traffic hassles, and economic cost. The applicant doesnโ€™t need to physically appear in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.

      Philippine passport holders who intend to visit Taiwan for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending international conference and participating in sport events can apply for the e-visa (with the required non-refundable fee by credit card payment). When an e-visa application has been approved, applicants are required to present the print-out of e-visa at the immigration checkpoint for verification upon arrival in Taiwan. An e-visa will be valid for 3 months upon approval with duration of stay up to 30 days.

      http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1918.html

  36. Hi! thanks for posting this. Big help! I just have a question.
    I am living in Japan now under SOFA (military visa). I am Filipino and still holding a Filipino passport. But I have both Japanese (SOFA) visa and US (Immigrant) visa, although I don’t have my actual green ‘ card’ yet. Will I be able to enter Korean to go to the Philippines? Same on the way back? The reason for this is because we can get free flights to/from Korea (Osan AFB thorugh the US military). We were just gonna buy tickets from Korea to Phil and back. Then fly from/to japan using the free flights from Korea. Saves a lot of money. But I’ m not sure if I still need to get a visa even if I’m just almost literally transiting through Korea. I’ ve been trying to call Korean Embassys in Japan and Phil but no answer. Hope you guys can help. Thanks

  37. Hello, my family and I will be travelling to Japan this 1Q2017.
    Our route home would be japan-taiwan-philippines (no plans to stay in taiwan, 1hr layover only). Do we need to secure a TW visa? Thanks!

  38. hi do you think it’s possible to get a korean visa in japan even when im filipino (tourist?). or maybe is it possible to go to korea by going to jeju first (using japan visa)? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  39. Hi. . I hope u have answer for my question. . I am married to a japanese and living here in japan, but a philippine passport holder. I want to visit korea for some surgery for 3days. Do i need to get a visa going to korea?thanks in advance

  40. Hi! I’m planning to visit Taiwan next year. How long does it take to get a Japan Visa? and is it ok that my flight is MNL-Taiwan-MNL or do I have to book Japan in between so they’ll allow me to use a Japan Visa for Taiwan? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Angelica, you would need to check with travel agencies on the processing time for a Japan Visa. You can enter Taiwan without having to pass through Japan ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Hi,

    May I ask if there will be a problem in securing taiwan visa or at the immigration for an OFW from Saudi who is currently in the Philippines for vacation who also wish to travel to taiwan for a few days? thank you so much

  42. Hi! i dunno if you already answered this… I’ve expired korean(travlled 2015) and japanese(2013) visas, am i eligible to apply the visa free entry for taiwan? Thank you

  43. I have question regarding the update, does it mean that a filipino japanese visa holder will no longer have chance to visit Seoul using Japanese visa? I have valid Japanese visa and I want to go to Sokor do I still need visa to visit Seoul?

  44. Hello this is great! Thank you very much!

    Is it okay if my ticket to MNL-KOR-JP-PH are different bookings?

    I’m going to Korea next month but sadly my visa application was denied. But I have multiple tourist visa to Japan so I’m planning to visit Korea then Japan is it okay?

    Please give me some tips because i’m travelling alone thanks!

    1. Hi Macky, you may not enter Korea using a Japanese visa anymore. Please read the update in the article:
      ‘According to an update made by the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu, entry to South Korea from Japan with the eligibility stated below will no longer be allowed starting 1 May 2016. After the said date, this will only apply to Chinese tour groups with valid Japanese visas.’

      http://phi-cebu.mofa.go.kr/english/as/phi-cebu/mission/notice/index.jsp?sp=/webmodule/htsboard/template/read/engreadboard.jsp%3FtypeID=16%26boardid=15091%26seqno=733046%26tableName=TYPE_ENGLEGATIO

  45. Good day,

    I have a korean Visa w/ single entry but i will use it in my Phil-Taiwan-Phil this coming February 2017. Can i still use my visa to travel in Korea?

    thanks so much..

  46. Hi!

    What a great help! But can I ask if a Philippine passport working in Vietnam can enter Taiwan or just transit going to Japan, Vietnam-Taiwan-Japan? Thank you!

    1. Hi Pam, you would need to apply for a visa to visit Japan and Taiwan. To transit in Taiwan, check with the embassy the requirements because you would need to show your ticket for your onward flight, stay there for limited hours, and more.

  47. Hi possible po ba ma approved ako if mag apply ako ng korean visa w/ onward ticket to japan may single visa entry po ako ng japan thanks in advance

  48. Hi! I am currently working here in taiwan(OFW) and I want to travel in Japan fo just 7 days.. do I need to apply for Japan visa?

  49. Hi Ellry. We are travelling to Japan & Korea. Our itinerary is PH-Japan-Korea/ Korea-PH.
    I got my Japan visa already. Is it true that we can just get a transit visa upon arrival in korea?

    1. Hi JC, yes you can get a transit visit for South Korea although that is only for a limited amount of time and I think you must take their transit tours if you are visiting without a South Korean visa.

  50. Hello, just wanna ask what if my Korea visa has expired and wanted to visit taiwan? could it possible to get a Travel Authorization Certificate?

    1. Hi Shazi,

      If it has expired less than 10yrs from the date you intend to visit Taiwan, you may use it to apply for an E-Visa (check #3 below).

      โ€˜Moreover, since September 1, 2016 Taiwan has eased its visa-free requirements for Filipinos who possess one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States: (1) a valid resident or permanent resident card; (2) a valid entry visa (electronic visa included); or (3) a resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. Successful applicants are qualified to apply for the ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate which allows multiple-entries to Taiwan valid for 3 months with every stay up to 30 days.โ€™

      http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1918.html

  51. Hi I have a Japan Visa which I used already last April and my Visa will expire this June. My question is, Is it possible for me to go to Taiwan with my expired Japan Visa? cause I already booked a flight on August. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Heather,

      If it has expired less than 10yrs from the date you intend to visit Taiwan, you may use it to apply for an E-Visa (check #3 below).

      โ€˜Moreover, since September 1, 2016 Taiwan has eased its visa-free requirements for Filipinos who possess one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States: (1) a valid resident or permanent resident card; (2) a valid entry visa (electronic visa included); or (3) a resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. Successful applicants are qualified to apply for the ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate which allows multiple-entries to Taiwan valid for 3 months with every stay up to 30 days.โ€™

      http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1918.html

  52. Thanks for the info!

    I would just like to confirm if I am eligible for a transit visa in Korea. I have a working visa here in Japan. I go home every December but directly to the Philippines. This August, I want to try to take a transit to Korea. So my trip is going to be Nagoya-Incheon and stay for 3 days in Korea then Incheon-Cebu. I will be coming back to Japan via Cebu-Incheon and Incheon-Nagoya. Would I need to get a visa?

    Please help.
    Thank you very much!

    God bless!

    1. Hi Helen, transit visa in South Korea is just for a few hours. You will need to get a visa if you’re staying for 3 days.

  53. Hi Ellry!
    I’m an OFW here in Japan. I would like to spend a one week vacation in Korea this Summer. Do you have idea on how can I apply for a Korean visa while I’m here in Japan? Thanks!

  54. Plan ko po pumunta ng Korea(7days) tas Japan (7days din) any suggestion po kung pano aq magppresent ng roundtrip ticket sa both countries to obtain visa? galing po aq dubai. ok po ba kumuha aq ng roundtrip tciket dxb-incheon-dxb tas in between kukuha naman aq ng inc-japan-inc tas balik po aq ng korea then pabalik ng dxb?
    badly need opinion po ๐Ÿ˜–

      1. hi

        unfortunately if here sa dubai kukuha ng visa we need to show the copy of roundtrip tickets, itineraries and hotel reservation. thats why im a little bit confused๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  55. i have a flight from hongkong to manila with a stop over in taipe international airport ,im a filipino nationality..do i need transit visa.thank you

    1. Hi Marissa,

      ‘Transit passengers are not required visa as long as they stay at the transit area of the airport without entering Taiwan.

      Filipinos transit passengers who would like to visit Taiwan for a short layover,
      may apply for either free “Travel Authorization Certificate” or payable e-visa or payable visa sticker stamped in the passport .’
      http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/2788.html

  56. Hi Ellry!

    Your blog is very helpful!

    Although I have to ask, from MNL I’m going to South Korea – Osaka – South Korea – MNL. So do I need to have separate Visa or do I qualify to just one? Thank you!

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