“From September 30, the substantial relaxation of multiple visas will commence for these three countries. Specifically, in addition to the relaxation of visa issuance requirements, the period of validity will be extended for up to five years,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.

“From September 30, the substantial relaxation of multiple visas will commence for these three countries. Specifically, in addition to the relaxation of visa issuance requirements, the period of validity will be extended for up to five years,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Japan has begun the “substantial relaxation” of visa requirements for Filipinos as well as citizens of Indonesia and Vietnam, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines announced Tuesday.

“From September 30, the substantial relaxation of multiple visas will commence for these three countries. Specifically, in addition to the relaxation of visa issuance requirements, the period of validity will be extended for up to five years,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.

Applicants may also apply for a visa even if they are not in their country by going to the Japanese diplomatic post of whichever country they are in.

“Following this measure, in November, the application procedure for single tourism visas for participants of package tours that are handled by registered travel agencies will be simplified for these three countries,” the statement said.

“These measures are expected to contribute Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the even higher goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors, the growth strategy, as well as the promotion of people-to-people exchanges,” it said. (MNS)