Japan to easier visa regulation for Russians

The easing of visa requirements will help bolster mutual ties
Japan to easier visa regulation for Russians
19 December 09:53 2016 Print This Article

Next year, Japan intends to easy visa regulation for Russians who hold regular foreign passport, in particular introducing a multiple-entry three-year-long visas, the Japanese Embassy in Moscow said in a statement following the two countries’ leaders’ meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

Multiple-entry visas, which, in fact, has never been issued before, will be given for a period of three years to people who want to stay in Japan for no longer than 30 days at a time. These visas will also be given to tourists, reports TASS daily.

“Today, because of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, the measures for easing of visa requirements for the Russian holders of non-diplomatic passports were determined… Multiple-entry three-year long visas with 30 days as the maximum length of stay will be introduced alongside the existing single-entry visas,” the statement reads.

What’s more, Japanese has also extended the validity of multiple-entry visas issued to Russian entrepreneurs, cultural figures and scientists from 3 to 5 years.

Under the reworked criteria, the applicants, who pay for their trips themselves, will not have to provide any statement from a guarantor when applying for an entry visa.

“The softening of visa requirements will help bolster ties with Russia as well as expand personal contacts, create more convenient conditions for tourists and businessmen, and will certainly increase the number of return visits,” the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

According to the Ministry, the changes will enter force on Jan. 1, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan on Dec. 15-16 to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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