Japan has relaxed the visa requirements of Filipinos traveling to Japan in an effort to boost repeat visitors in the country, the Embassy of Japan in Manila said on Tuesday.
“Based on the “Tourism Vision Realization Program 2018″ (Action Program for Realization of Tourism Vision 2018), the relaxation of visa requirements for short-term stay for nationals of the Philippines was decided in order to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines, and will come into effect on August 1, 2018,” the embassy said in a statement.
The embassy said that the number of visa applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay will be expanded. The embassy grants visa for the following short-term stay periods: 15, 30, or 90 days. The validity period of the visas will also be extended to a maximum of 10 years. Visa validity is now one year, 3-, 5-, and 10 years.
“The above-mentioned relaxation of visa requirements is expected to contribute to improvement of convenience for tourists and increase in repeat visitors as well as further advancement of people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines,” the Japan embassy said.
A total of 424, 121 Filipinos traveled to Japan in 2017, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).