Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics
Published on Jun 17, 2014 7:19 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry said, while rules for those from the Philippines and Vietnam will also be "substantially relaxed".
"The objectives of these measures are to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the... goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors" annually, the ministry said in a statement.
The new rules would come into effect "as quickly as possible", it added.
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