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Schengen Visa Requirements for Filipinos

This post lists the requirements for Filipinos who want to tour Europe along with several tips for their embassy interview

What to pack for your trip

Don't know what to bring on your next trip? Read this post for the travel essentials that you NEED

No Visa? No Problem!

A list of countries with Visa free entry for Filipinos / Philippine Citizens

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Budget Travel Promos: Hong Kong on a budget

One of the most popular tour packages by our company is our Budget Hong Kong Package
Currently our Cheapest HK Package is priced at Php 8,500 as can be seen in the ad below.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Visas for Filipinos: Japan Visa Requirements for Filipinos

UPDATE: June 27, 2013 - Great news! The Japanese Embassy will now issue multiple entry visas (3 years valid) to Filipino citizens who meet their requirements starting July 1, 2013.

Japan has always been one of the most requested travel packages here at Summit Travels International. This has led to various questions regarding budget travel packages for Tokyo and Osaka, most especially regarding Travel Tips: Japan visa requirements for Filipinos.

Cherry Blossom Viewing or "Hanami" in Ueno Park, Tokyo

The requirements for Japan visa application can be found below :
(All information below are from the Japanese Embassy website - )

1.Philippine Passport
•  Broken lamination of the photo part is not accepted. Must have signature and have at least two (2) blank pages.
2.  Visa Application Form 
•  Also available at the entrance of Embassy or through accredited agency.
3.   Photo 
•  Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background
•   Photo must be pasted on the application form.
4.  Birth Certificate of applicant
5. Marriage Contract (if the applicant is married)
(4 and 5 must be from NSO Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide) issued within one (1) year.)  In case of non-record, you must submit certificate of non-record together with the one from Local Civil Registrar.)
If the applicant is has his/her passport (old or valid) with a used Japanese visa
6. Daily Schedule in Japan (TAIZAI NITTEIHYO )
7. (if visiting friend) Documents or photos etc. to prove relationship
8. Invitation Letter from Guarantor in Japan  
•  (Must have handwritten signature) (not applicable if package tour)
9.  Bank Certificate
10.   Income Tax Return (Form 2316) original and photocopy
[9. and 10. are only applicable if he/her or his/her supporter has deposit in bank or income tax return]
Exemption of 9, 10
If the applicant is eligible for Multiple Entry
11. Residence Certificate (JUMINHYO)
[11. is only applicable if Guarantor is a Japanese ]
12. Foreign Registration Certificate from City Hall
[ 12. is only applicable if Guarantor is not a Japanese . ]
<< If Guarantor in Japan Shoulders Any Part of Travel / Living Expenses >>
1-A.  Guarantee Letter  (MIMOTO HOSHOSHO ) 
•  Format also available at the Embassy website, entrance of the Embassy or accredited ageny.
1-B   Income Certificate (from City Hall) (SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO) from City Hall, Tax return certificate (NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form2) from Tax office, KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO)
•  Gensen-Choshu-Hyo” is not accepted.
Please note: It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa.  Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).
Submission of requirements does not guarantee issuance of visa.
Validity of Documents is three (3) month from the date of issue
(unless otherwise stated).

Contact number of Japanese Embassy in Manila)
( 02 ) 834-7514 
(+ 63-2 ) 834-7508
(+ 63-32 ) 231-7321 / 7322
(+ 63-82 ) 221-3100 / 3200

FAX service by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo

E-mail Inquiries

Friday, August 10, 2012

US Budget Airfare: via Eva Air till 2013

US Budget Airfare via Eva Air
Rates start at $630
Travel till March 31, 2013

Budget Airfare to San Francisco

Budget Airfare to Seattle

Budget Airfare to YVR
Budget Airfare to Canada

Monday, July 9, 2012

Budget Travel Promos: 2012 Cruises (Royal Caribbean)

Budget Travel Promos : Royale Caribbean Cruises Promo for 2012

Rates from $259

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2. Contact Number (Cell Number)
3. Number of Pax
4. Preferred Month of Travel

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Discount Airfare: Eva Air to USA / Canada

Contact any Summit Travels International Team member to avail of this US and Canada Airfare promo!

 Discount Airfare: Rates start at $620

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Visas for Filipinos: US Visa Requirements for Filipinos

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Below are information regarding US VISA requirements for Filipinos from the US embassy website:

Most frequently applied for type of US VISA in the Philippines: 

"The vast majority of nonimmigrant visa applications received at the U.S. Embassy in Manila are for tourism or business travel.
B-1 visas are for business, including such things as a need to consult with business associates, negotiate a contract, buy goods or materials, settle an estate, appear in a court trial, and participate in business or professional conventions or conferences; or, where an applicant will be traveling to the United States on behalf of a foreign employer for training or meetings. The individual may not receive payment (except for incidental expenses) from a United States source while on a B-1 visa. 
B-2 visas are issued for general pleasure/tourist travel, such as touring, visits to friends and relatives, visits for rest or medical treatment, social or fraternal conventions and conferences, and amateur/unpaid participants in cultural or sports events.
In most instances, consuls will issue a combined B-1/B-2 visa, recognizing that most business travelers may also wish to travel for tourist purposes."

What are the documents  that I need to prepare for my US Visa?
All basic documentary requirements must be ready BEFORE an appointment can be made. Additional documents may be required, so please read the information below carefully.
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents BEFORE the interview except for Treaty Trader (E1) and Treaty Investor (E2) visa applications. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed (except the passport).
Basic Requirements:
1.  DS-160 ONLINE NONIMMIGRANT VISA ELECTRONIC APPLICATION – All applicants must complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. Applicants can access the DS-160 from the Consular Electronic Application Center website.
In order to avoid delays in processing visa applications, visa applicants or their representatives must ensure that the following information is correctly provided: Applicant’s Complete Name (required format is Surname, First Name(s), Middle Name), Applicant’s Passport Information (the passport used in filling out the form must be the same passport presented on the day of the interview), Other Names (for married female applicants, type your complete maiden name), Purpose of Trip (if the answer falls under “Other,” specify the purpose of travel in the blank provided), Primary Occupation (if the answer falls under “Other,” specify the occupation in the blank provided), Contact Person and Contact Address in the United StatesFather’s Complete Name,and Mother’s Complete Maiden Name.

2.  PASSPORT – Signed passports must be valid for at least six monthsfrom the date of intended departure from the United States. The passport must be in good condition, i.e., photo lamination is undamaged, and all passport pages are intact.
Applicants must also present all previously issued passports or notarized affidavits of loss, if applicable.
Taiwanese passport holders who do not have Taiwan personal identification numbers listed above the date of birth on the biographic data page in their passports must present their original Philippine residency permit.
One 2" x 2" standard photo.  The photo must be:

  • In color
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
    • Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable.
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
Please click here for additional information on photo specifications.
Please ensure that your photo meets the requirements stated above.  Failure to provide the correct photo will delay your visa processing.

4.  EXTENSION OF STAY/CHANGE OF STATUS – Please bring copies of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approvals of extension of stay or change of status, if applicable.

5.  PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP (if applying with/for dependent/s)
  • Original marriage certificate printed on Philippine National Statistics Office security paper, if applicable (if applying with a spouse and/or child)
  • Original birth certificate printed on Philippine National Statistics Office security paper (for dependent/s)

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