Thais, Malaysians to be exempt from Japan visas

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 25 2013 07:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 28 2013 07:18 AM

TOKYO - Short-term tourists from Thailand and Malaysia will be exempt from visas from next Monday, while those from the Philippines and Vietnam will be issued with multiple-entry visas good for three years, the Japanese government said Tuesday.

For short-term visitors from Indonesia, the duration of stay on a multiple-entry visa will be extended to 30 days from the current 15 days, effective next Monday, according to the Foreign Ministry.

"I hope these measures will further develop exchanges between Japan and the countries concerned, such as through an increase in the number of tourists to Japan from those countries and greater convenience in business," Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a news conference.

The visa exemptions will in principle apply to those who hold chip-embedded passports.

Filipinos still need to get a visa to visit Japan.