Easing of Visa requirements for Russians visiting Japan

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Japan’s foreign ministry says it will relax visa requirements for short-term stay of Russian nationals.

The decision is aimed at advancing exchanges and “building trust” between the two countries.

The relaxation will come in effect on Jan. 1, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently on a two-day visit to Japan for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The scope of Russian applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay with business purposes and for cultural and intellectual figures will be expanded, and the maximum validity period of the visas will be extended from 3 years to 5 years, Xinhua reported.

Applicants of visas for short-term stay whose travel is financed by themselves won’t need to provide a letter of reference from a guarantor any more.

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