Japan to relax visa regime for Indians

Japan will simplify its visa rules from January 1 for Indians and issue multiple- entry-visa for short-term stay, a move which is expected to benefit tourists, business people as well as frequent visitors, the Japanese embassy said on Tuesday.

The relaxed visa regime, Apart from having simplified application documents the visa regime will also expand the scope of eligible applicants, it said.

In case of multiple-entry visa, the applicant's employment certificate and explanation letter stating the reason will be exempted.

"In principle, applicants will be able to apply for multiple-entry-visa with only three documents - passport, visa application form (with photo) and papers to prove the financial capability (for tourism purpose)/documents to prove the applicants affiliation to certain enterprises (for business purpose)," said the Japanese foreign ministry release, which was issued by the embassy here.

Multiple-entry visas with a validity of 5 years maximum and stay of 90 days maximum will be issued to those who have travel records to Japan twice or more in the last one year, it said, adding in this case, the eligible applicants may submit only their passports and visa application form.

In February, Japan had introduced the simplification of visa application procedure for single entry visa for Indian students to promote visit of Indian youths to the country.

Under this relaxation, students and alumni of universities in India may submit certificate of student status or graduation instead of the document to prove financial capability for single entry visa for short-term stay.

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