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Japan boosts tourism industry with new visa regulation

Japan makes efforts to boost its tourism industry by introducing a new online tourist visa system and visa waiver arrangements.

Japan has made travelling easier for citizens of Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Qatar. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a new online tourist visa system, making the visa application process seamless. This decision is part of the country’s efforts to boost its tourism industry. With the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions and the rebound of travel around the world, Japan is looking to attract more visitors. Liberalising its visa regime is a step towards achieving this goal. It also reflects Japan’s commitment to promoting cultural exchange and deepening its ties with Muslim countries.

New Visa System

The New Online Tourist Visa System is a digital system set up by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the visa application process more convenient for travelers.The citizens of Brazil, UK, USA, Cambodia, Canada, Mongolia, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Africa can also benefit from the new online tourist visa system. The visa processing was already smooth, but the new regulations have made it even easier. Applicants from the UAE and Saudi Arabia need to apply via the dedicated website, and upon successful submission, a digital confirmation visa will be sent to the applicant.

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Executive Director’s Response

Kobayashi Daisuke, the executive director of Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) in Dubai, has expressed his excitement about the recent announcement of Japan’s new online tourist visa system and the visa waiver arrangements for Qatari nationals. According to him, this move will significantly ease the process of visiting Japan for touristic purposes. He also emphasised that the timing of these measures is perfect, as they coincide with the Eid travel season, and visitors to Japan in the months of April and May can take advantage of the spectacular spring climate and striking new green verdant landscapes. Mr. Daisuke’s comments highlight the importance of Japan’s efforts to attract more tourists and boost its tourism industry, especially during these challenging times.

Visa Waiver 

Qatari nationals can submit their application at Japanese Embassies, Consulate-Generals, or Consulates to have their passport registered. Upon registration, they will receive a “Visa Waiver Registration” seal within their passport, which will enable them to have multiple short-term stays in Japan without the need for a visa for a period of three years or the expiration date of the passport.

Entry Requirements Ceased 

In addition to easing the visa processing, the Japanese government has also announced that it will cease COVID-19-related entry requirements to the country from May 8, as the virus has been declared a common disease. This means that travellers no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test from May 8 onwards.

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The Japanese government’s decision to introduce a new online tourist visa system, visa waiver arrangements for Qatari nationals, and cease COVID-19-related entry requirements from May 8 is a positive step towards boosting Japan’s tourism industry. These measures will make it easier for travellers from various countries to visit Japan, promoting cultural exchange and strengthening ties with Muslim countries. The move also reflects Japan’s commitment to prioritising the tourists by providing a seamless travel experience, especially during these challenging times.