Japan simplifies visa requirements for Belarusians

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Japan simplifies visa requirements for Belarusians

From January 1, 2018, Japan is going to simplify visa requirements for citizens of Belarus, reads the statement of the Japanese Embassy in Belarus.

It is noted that measures to simplify visa requirements for Belarusians were adopted on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belarus.

"These measures come into force on January 1, 2018 and are intended to strengthen the bilateral relations, including to make personal contacts more active," the Japanese embassy noted.

The diplomatic mission said that from January 1, 2018, the circle of applicants entitled to receive multiple short-term visas (for a stay lasting no more than 90 days) for business purposes, as well as for cultural and intellectual workers, will be expanded. In addition, the maximum duration of visas will be increased from three to five years.

For applicants who pay for the trip themselves, guarantee documents that were previously needed to obtain a short-term visa are now canceled.

The embassy hopes that simplifying visa requirements will attract businessmen and tourists, and will also increase the number of citizens who are going to visit Japan again.

Belarus simplified visa requirements for citizens of 80 countries, including Japan, at the beginning of 2017. Now Japanese citizens wishing to visit Belarus can stay in Belarus visa-free during no more than five days. The only condition is to enter Belarus through National Airport Minsk.

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Photo: Belarus' embassy in Japan