The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on June 17 announced
that it will loosen tourism visa rules for four Asian countries, including Viet
Nam, to double international tourist arrivals to the 2020 Olympic Games in
Accordingly, the three Asian countries to enjoy waived visas are Indonesia, the
Philippines and India. Specifically, Indonesian people with e-passports can
avail of the visa exemption if they pre-register with the Japanese Embassy or
Consulate General in Indonesia.
The Japanese government has decided to simplify visa acquisition procedures for
Vietnamese and Philippine tourists if they join tours offered by travel agencies
designated by Japan.
The visa loosening measures aim to help Japan achieve its goal of luring 20
million foreign tourist arrivals by 2020. The country has decided to double the
number of tax-free shops nationwide to 10,000 in accord with its government’s
efforts to attract more foreign visitors.
Japan is now one of Viet Nam’s most important partners. The number of Japanese
tourists to Viet Nam is on the rise and the country is also a favorite
destination of Vietnamese tourists.
In 2013, Viet Nam greeted more than 600,000 Japanese tourist arrivals while over
85,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Japan, a 55% rise over the previous year. By
2015, Viet Nam is expected to received 1 million Japanese tourists while about
200,000 Vietnamese tourists will visit the country.