Thais to get multiple-entry visas

Kyodo

Applications will be accepted from Thai tourists next month who seek multiple-entry visas, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The decision to issue visas for short-term visits is aimed at bringing tourist numbers back to what they were before the catastrophic 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

The applications will start being accepted June 1. The new type of visa will allow Thai tourists to enter Japan as many times as desired over a three-year period, with a maximum stay of 90 days per visit, the ministry said.

The new visa was announced by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in March when he held talks with his Thai counterpart, Yingluck Shinawatra, in Tokyo.