Search This Blog


Today, I receive all God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s Universe. Today, I open myself to your Blessings, healing and miracles.Today, I open myself to God’s Word so that I become more like Jesus Everyday. Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, I’m God’s powerful champion, And because I am blessed, I will bless the world, In Jesus Name, Amen.

Featured Post

The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu

The Great Wall of China is referred to in Mandarin as Wanli Changcheng (10,000-Li Long Wall or simply very long wall) BEIJING, CHINA- S...

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Use your Japan Multiple-Entry Visa Wisely

Many Filipinos in online groups I frequent ask about extending their stay in Japan. The reasons behind these inquiries vary widely.

Here is one of the most common questions I've encountered:

"If you hold a Multiple-Entry Japan visa and extend your stay to the maximum allowable number of days without using your original return ticket and buy a new ticket for a later date instead would you be penalized?"

Yes, In theory, extending your stay in Japan to the full allowance of your Multiple-Entry visa and purchasing a new return ticket likely won't cause any immediate issues.

You generally wouldn't be penalized for extending your stay in Japan with a Multiple-Entry visa as long as your new stay adheres to the following:

  • Total滞在期間 (taizaikan - period of stay) doesn't exceed the maximum allowed for your visa type. (This information should be on your visa itself). A Multiple-Entry visa allows for multiple entries within its validity period. Extending your stay utilizes this feature, as long as you stay within the total allowed days.
  • You have a valid new return ticket. Not using your initial return ticket isn't a problem, but having a confirmed onward travel plan is helpful.Buying a new return ticket demonstrates your intention to leave Japan eventually.
  • You comply with Japanese immigration regulations. It's advisable but NOT REQUIRED to notify immigration of your extended stay. You can do this at your nearest Regional Immigration Bureau in Japan. This ensures transparency and avoids any potential issues upon departure.
However, there are a few things to consider like Immigration officials might ask questions. 

While not a penalty, staying the full duration on your visa, especially repeatedly, could raise questions at immigration upon re-entry about your true purpose for visiting Japan. This is because ME visas are typically intended for shorter, repeat visits.

Question: "Will I be eligible for a new Multiple Entry Visa when my current ME Visa expires?"

Renewal process considers past behavior.  When reviewing your visa renewal application, immigration may consider your past travel history. If you consistently stay close to the maximum on your Multiple Entry Japan visa, it might raise questions about your ties to your home country or suggest you might be working illegally.

Here's what you can do to minimize any potential issues:

1. Leave before the maximum.  Try to avoid extending your stay to the absolute last day. Leaving a buffer demonstrates responsible visa usage.

2. Provide strong justification for renewal. During the renewal process, be prepared to explain why you need the ME visa again and how you plan to use it responsibly.

It's important to note that Visa renewal is ultimately at the discretion of Japanese immigration officials. The Japanese appreciate honesty and transparency. So, be a good citizen and abide by their rules and regulations. 

It's always best to consult the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information and specific requirements for your situation.

Your chances of getting your visa renewed depends entirely on the documents you will submit and your personal qualifications as well.

Happy Japan vacation! 

Here are some resources that you might find helpful. 

Embassy of Japan: (

Frequently Asked Questions - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: (



Travel, Photographs and Lifestyle Copyright © 2010 LKart Theme is Designed by Lasantha