The Japanese government, in an effort “to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines,” released a statement that the Embassy in Manila has relaxed the visa requirements for Filipinos who plan on traveling to Japan for business or cultural purposes, which took effect last August 1, 2018.
The embassy said that “the number of visa applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay will be expanded.”
Likewise, the validity period of the visas will extend from 5 years to 10 years maximum.
The embassy grants visas for the following short-term stay periods: 15, 30, or 90 days and visa validity: 1, 3, 5, or 10 years.
According to the embassy, the relaxation of visa requirements is expected to contribute to the improvement of convenience for tourists and an increase in repeat visitors as well as further advancement of people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines.
The Embassy also noted that though the visa is for the purpose of business affairs for the first visit, it is possible to use as a tourist or visiting relatives or acquaintances on the second visit.
However, the guidelines state that the holder “is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration” while on stay in Japan.
With excerpts from UNTV News and Rescue and Yahoo! News.