Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of
Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and India
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 endeavour 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.
For national of the Philippines 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.
If it matters, my friend and I are planning to visit Japan in winter. We already have our tickets booked, and relaxing the requirements for the Japan visit Visa will boost my/our confidence in setting foot in the Land of the Rising Sun and Arashi. *winkwink*
Here’s t crossing our fingers and toes!