Japan to extend visa validity for high-income Chinese tourists

January 6, 2015 11:25 pm 

TOKYO, Jan. 6 — The Japanese government will further ease visa requirements for high-income Chinese tourists by extending the validity of multiple-entry visas for such visitors to five years from the current three years, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.

Such tourists will also have unrestricted travel throughout Japan with visas to be issued after the new rules apply from Jan. 19, Kishida told a press conference.

The conventional visa for wealthy Chinese and their families requires that they visit either Okinawa or one of three disaster-hit northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima when visiting Japan for the first time to promote tourism and reconstruction from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.(PNA/Kyodo)



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