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Japan Reciprocates 2010 Gesture, Relaxes Visa Entry for Indians

In a diplomatic reciprocity, the Japanese government said it would relax the multiple entry visa for Indian travellers from the current 15 days to 30 days, effective from January 11, 2016.

While the move is another gesture on the sidelines of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India signing among others a deal to cooperate on nuclear energy and bullet train, it has more reciprocity in it as India has opened doors to Japanese tourists in 2010. In 2013, India received 2.20 lakhs tourists from Japan.

Under the new visa system, Indian travellers can stay in Japan for tourism purpose for a maximum of one month and the multiple-entry visa will be valid for years, up from three years, said news agencies. The Foreign Ministry of Japan is also reportedly working on a plan to extend the validity of multiple-entry visas for Indians for trade and business to 10 years instead of the current five.

Japan has been issuing multiple-entry visas to Indians since July 2014. Otherwise, business visa for Indians to travel to Japan was in vogue since 2010 with a validity for 5 years and the stay period restricted to 90 days at a stretch. Now the forthcoming measure may relax it to 10 years.

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