Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Citizens
1. On October 8 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to relax visa requirements for multiple-entry visas for Chinese citizens in order to further broaden people-to-people exchanges between Japan and China and contribute to the Government’s initiatives to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country and vitalize local economies.
2. The specific measures are as follows.
(1) Requirements for multiple-entry visa for applicants with a short-term business purpose, and for cultural or intellectual figures will be partially relaxed.
(2) The financial requirement will be relaxed for individual tourists applying for multiple-entry visas for Okinawa and three prefectures in Tohoku, who have travel record to Japan in the last three years.
(3) For individual tourists, a new multiple-entry visa without the requirement of visiting either Okinawa or one of three prefectures in Tohoku will be introduced, for those applicants with substantially high incomes.
3. The detailes of the measures including the beginning date of application are currently under consideration.
For the purpose of promoting tourism and earthquake disaster reconstruction, multiple-entry visas for individual Chinese tourists are issued to individuals who spend one or more nights in Okinawa Prefecture or one of three prefectures in Tohoku (Iwate, Miyagi or Fukushima) when visiting Japan for the first time.