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Japan to relax visa norms for Indians

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Tokyo, Feb 2: Japan is set to ease visa regulations for people travelling from India and Vietm as multiple-entry visa terms are to be doubled for tiols of the two countries, the media reported on Tuesday. The easing of rules, effective from February 15, will affect people initially travelling for “business purposes and for cultural or intellectual figures”, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Subsequent visits on the same visa can be social in ture, the Japan Times reported. Currently, Indian and Vietmese tiols can obtain multiple-entry visas of up to five years’ duration. The change will grant them 10-year visas. The 10-year visas will be the longest that Japan will issue, the ministry said. Holders of such multiple-entry visas will be restricted to visiting Japan for business purposes or academic exchanges but can then re-enter multiple times for tourism or to meet friends and families, the ministry said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the planned visa relaxations during a visit to India in December 2015 and also at a summit with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietm’s ruling Communist Party, in September 2015. “These measures are expected to further advance people-to-people exchanges with Vietm and India,” the ministry added. (IANS)

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