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Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and India

June 17, 2014

1. Following today’s meeting of the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to endeavor to realize the exemption of visa requirements as promptly as possible and to implement, as an initial step, the following substantial relaxations of visa requirements for nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam, in cooperation with these partner countries. The objectives of these measures are to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the even higher goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors, to contribute to growth strategies as well as the promotion of people-to-people exchanges. The details of the measures including the beginning date of application are currently under consideration.

(1) For e-passport holders of Indonesia, visas will be exempted based on prior registration at the Embassy or Consulates General of Japan in Indonesia.

(2) For nationals of the Philippines and Viet Nam, multiple-entry visa requirements will be substantially relaxed, and requirements for single-entry tourism visas will be relaxed to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level when applied via specified travel agencies. These measures will also be applicable for nationals of Indonesia in addition to the above.

2. Additionally, the issuance of multiple-entry visas for nationals of India, which was decided when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited India in January this year, will commence by this summer.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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