Luckily, before 2018 ends, I have something to share with you!
I am going to Japan!!!
It is one of my ultimate childhood dreams — to set foot on the places I have seen on my favorite anime shows when I was a cute (’til now lol) little girl and experience Japanese culture and cuisine first hand inside にほん！
While preparation is under way with the final itinerary and shopping for winter clothes, I made a decision to post my own experience to share with you guys how I go my temporary tourist visa application approved in the State of Qatar.
This post is of best help to Filipinos residing in Qatar (with Qatar ID) as you can not apply in the Embassy of Japan in Qatar without the QID.
VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
I would like to refer you first to Ms. MI’s guide on her own experience — which is really a big, big help in obtaining the visa requirements that helped me personally. You can read her guide here.
I prepared everything in Ms. MI’s list of requirements, except, I had a special case: I just had my bank opened in Qatar last September 2018 and I applied this month, December. Which will only give me a total of three (3) months to present to the consul. I am also under family sponsorship and not under the company I am working for.
One of my friends who also applied last April of the same year, suggested to e-mail the Japan Embassy in Qatar – as they are very responsive! I was advised by the embassy to get my sponsor to be my guarantor.
I originally did not plan on applying with a guarantor, but I complied and prepared the following additional documents:
- Sponsor’s Passport Copy
- Sponsor’s ORIGINAL Cover Letter from his company
- Sponsor’s ORIGINAL Bank Statement for the last six (6) months
- ORIGINAL Letter of Guarantee from sponsor
JAPAN EMBASSY IN THE STATE OF QATAR
Well, here — I went to the wrong embassy. By “wrong,” I meant old embassy. I was redirected by a staff readily at the gate, holding a map, to the New Diplomatic Area. (Honestly, I have been aware months ago, by the same friend who applied earlier this year, that you are supposed to ride a bus inside a compound of embassies to get there but I thought it was in the same area where Google Maps will take you when you search for the embassy…) In case you are like me who had no idea where the New Diplomatic Area is, see the map at the end of this post.
You have to undergo security scanning at the main entrance then you will ride a bus that loops around the compound. Japan Embassy is the second stop after Korean Embassy. At the gate, you will be asked to leave your ID and mobile phone and will be given a pass in exchange. I then proceeded to the Consular Section.
I was really hoping that I could submit the papers in one go; but I was asked to come back with more additional documents.
On a side note, it is very calming inside the embassy. You can read pamphlets about Japanese culture and tourism, as well as information about their activities in Qatar.
Right away, I prepared the needed additional documents:
- Copy of Qatar ID (QID) of my sponsor/guarantor
- ORIGINAL Salary Certificate of the guarantor
I initially submitted an employment certificate without the salary. Even though the salary is reflected in the bank statement, the consul required it to be stated in the company’s cover letter.
- Birth Certificate of applicant
I have to prove my relation to my guarantor, who is my father, hence the requirement.
- Proof of income (to make up the missing three (3) months)
Copy of pay slips for June – August 2018 and/or letter stating that I received cheques for the said months. Our office gladly helped me on this — they revised the cover letter with an additional comprehensive list of salary for the last six (6) months and how they handed it to me, together with attached copy of pay slips.
- I also forgot to sign the visa application form (lol)
I went back to the embassy with my requirements (together with the additional requirements asked by the consul) and re-checked if I had signed the Visa Application Form this time.
I patiently waited for ten (10 minutes) before the consul called out my name and handed a receipt or claim slip. He then proceeded to give me the copy of my bank statement and asked for a written explanation on a few deposits. I wrote directly on the statement copy.
I went back after three (3) working days and claimed my passport with my Japan Visa! Yay!!!
I cannot wait to experience Japan and share it with you; I hope this experience could help some of you who are also planning to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa in Qatar. Good luck!
REFERENCES: Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar
- Address: Al Shabab Street, New Diplomatic Area, Onaiza, Doha, State of Qatar P.O. Box 2208
- Tel: (+974) 4440-9000 [24h]
- Fax: (+974) 4029-3655
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.qa.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/link.html
Office Hours:7:15 – 16:00 Sunday to Thursday (During Ramadan 8:00 – 13:30)
Consular Section 7:30 – 15:00 (During Ramadan 8:30 – 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 on Friday, Saturday
For the location of the New Diplomatic Area, please refer to the map below: