CORRECTED-Japan relaxes visa rules for Pinoys

Visa requirements for citizens of Thailand and Malaysia, meanwhile, have been lifted for short-term stays.

CORRECTED-Japan relaxes visa rules for Pinoys

World Bulletin/News Desk

Starting July 1, Filipinos can apply for multiple-entry visas for short-term trips to Japan, part of the East Asian country's relaxed visa rules for select Southeast Asian countries, reported Rappler. 

"The Government of Japan has decided to begin issuance from July 1, of multiple entry visas for short-term stay to nationals of the Republic of the Philippines (ordinary passport holders) who reside in their home country," the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a news release Tuesday, June 25.

The MOFA release said applicants will have to meet "certain conditions." They will also be required to have machine-readable passports that meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), or an ordinary IC passport.

The multiple-entry visas will allow Filipinos to stay in Japan for a period of 15 days, and the visas will be valid for up to 3 years.

"The further development of Japan-Philippines exchange is expected as a result of the issuance of multiple entry visas, including increase in the number of tourists from the Philippines who visit Japan and the enhancement of the ease of business transactions between the two countries," the MOFA said.

"Japan will continue to accept and deliver Visa applications for Japan through accredited agencies," the Japanese Embassy in Manila said in a news release Thursday, June 27.

Citizens of Vietnam will also be granted the privilege, while Indonesians, who are already eligible for multiple-entry visas for short-term stays, will have their lengths of stay extended from 15 days to up to 30 days.

Lifted for Thais, Malaysians

Visa requirements for citizens of Thailand and Malaysia, meanwhile, have been lifted for short-term stays.

For Malaysia, citizens must have an ordinary IC passport to use this privilege; those who do not have an IC passport will still be encouraged to apply for a visa.

In the case of Thailand, there will be no visa requirements for Thai citizens who will visit Japan for 15 days or less; for trips longer than 15 days, visas will still be required.

Prior to this, only citizens of Brunei and Singapore were allowed to enter Japan without a visa.

These relaxed visa requirements are part of Japan's measures to increase tourism traffic, and are part of the commemoration of the 40th year of Japan's engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Said the MOFA: "Through the years, ASEAN and Japan have forged close cooperation towards peace, stability, development and prosperity in Asia. They have established close business partnership with total bilateral trade amounting to 248 billion US dollars in 2011. ASEAN Member States are major foreign direct investment destinations for Japanese enterprises."

"For 2013, Japan and ASEAN Member States plan to carry out exchange projects in a wide range of fields, including political dialogue, economy, culture, youth, and tourism," the MOFA added.

Japan is targeting 10 million tourists this 2013. The Japan Times reported that visitors from the Philippines rose 28.2% in the period of January to April this year, compared to the same period last year.

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Vhenz
Vhenz - 6 yıl Before

I really like to travel Japan... and this is it.. thanks

Lucy N.
Lucy N. - 6 yıl Before

this is really a good news to us! thank you japan!!

james
james - 6 yıl Before

only thailand and malaysia are exempted. pls check your data

madie
madie - 6 yıl Before

it's about time to have an ASEAN unity, Go Japan, that was a good start!

Elmer
Elmer - 6 yıl Before

This lifting of visa in Japan should also apply in US and European country as well 15 days no visa requirements . . .

connie celleza
connie celleza - 6 yıl Before

...nice...love it... :-)

delson aldovino
delson aldovino - 6 yıl Before

i want to go to japan,, i like to be a japan citizen,,,,

Aydee G Basa
Aydee G Basa - 6 yıl Before

I Want visit to my sister in japa...nagoya