Visa-free Japan to attract Thais, Malaysians

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Japan tourismEffective July 1, 2013, passport holders of Thailand and Malaysia won’t need a prearranged visa for short stays in Japan any more. The country launched a new visa-waiver programme that allows citizens of both nations to enter Japan visa-free and stay for a period of 15 days. Those who want to stay longer still need to apply for a visa.

Upon arrival in Japan, short-stay visitors are obliged to present departure flight information, itinerary of their stay, evidence of funds during the stay and the address in Japan to the Immigration Bureau.

The regulations apply only for those holding ordinary biometric passports with an embedded microchip.

The visa waiver is aimed at Japan’s goal of tripling the annual number of visitors to over 30 million by 2030.

Philippine citizens are still asked to arrange a visa before entering Japan, but they are now entitled to multiple-entry visas that allow a stay of 15 days for each entry over a period of 3 years.

Prior to the new regulation, only ASEAN citizens of Brunei and Singapore were allowed to enter Japan without a visa.

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Effective July 1, 2013, passport holders of Thailand and Malaysia won’t need a prearranged visa for short stays in Japan any more. The country launched a new visa-waiver programme that allows citizens of both nations to enter Japan visa-free and stay for a period of 15 days. Those who want to stay longer still need to apply for a visa.

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Japan tourismEffective July 1, 2013, passport holders of Thailand and Malaysia won’t need a prearranged visa for short stays in Japan any more. The country launched a new visa-waiver programme that allows citizens of both nations to enter Japan visa-free and stay for a period of 15 days. Those who want to stay longer still need to apply for a visa.

Upon arrival in Japan, short-stay visitors are obliged to present departure flight information, itinerary of their stay, evidence of funds during the stay and the address in Japan to the Immigration Bureau.

The regulations apply only for those holding ordinary biometric passports with an embedded microchip.

The visa waiver is aimed at Japan’s goal of tripling the annual number of visitors to over 30 million by 2030.

Philippine citizens are still asked to arrange a visa before entering Japan, but they are now entitled to multiple-entry visas that allow a stay of 15 days for each entry over a period of 3 years.

Prior to the new regulation, only ASEAN citizens of Brunei and Singapore were allowed to enter Japan without a visa.

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