Japan will relax its visa rules for Indians from 1 January 2018 and issue multiple- entry-visa for short-term stay.
The move is expected to benefit tourists and business persons as well as repeat visitors. The relaxed visa regime will not only have simplification of visa application documents but also expansion of scope of eligible applicants.
Under the simplification of visa application documents, the applicant’s employment certificate and explanation letter stating the reason will be exempted in cases of applying for multiple-entry-visa.
Applicants will be able to apply for multiple-entry-visa with only three documents –
- Passport visa application form (with photo)
- Papers to prove the financial capability (for tourism purpose)
- Documents to prove the applicants affiliation to certain enterprises (for business purpose)
The multiple entry visas with a validity of 5 years maximum and stay of 90 days maximum will be issued to applicants who have travel records to Japan twice or more in the last one year. In such cases, the eligible applicants would only have to submit their passports and visa application form.
These relaxations are expected to help further boost people-to-people exchanges between Japan and India by enhancing convenience for Indian tourists and business persons as well as repeat visitors.
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 Japan.
Under this relaxation, Indian students, graduate students and alumni of universities in India may submit certificate of student status or graduation instead of the document to prove financial capability in the application for single entry visa for short-term stay.