Japan’s visa waiver program for short-stay Thai visitors starts July 1

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BANGKOK, 25 June 2013 The Japanese government’s new measure to exempt short-term tourists from Thailand from obtaining a visa is scheduled to take effect on July 1. 

The exemption which will apply only to Thai visitors staying in Japan for no more than 15 days, is in line with the East Asian nation’s goal of tripling the annual number of visitors to over 30 million by 2030.

The Japanese embassy in Bangkok earlier stated that the relaxing of the visa requirement aims to boost the relationship between Thailand and Japan.

Upon their arrival in Japan, short-stay visitors are obliged to present the departure flight’s information, itinerary of their stay, evidence of funds during the stay and the address in Japan to the Immigration Bureau.

Thai nationals who wish to stay longer than 15 days in Japan are still required to apply for a visa.