Japan lifts suspension on multiple-entry visa

Travelers who want to go to Japan with multiple-entry visas issued before the Covid-19 pandemic can now enter again into the Land of the Rising Sun, the Japanese Embassy announced.

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This came after the Japanese government lifted its suspension on the validity of multiple-entry visas imposed in March 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a press statement on October 3, the Japanese embassy in Manila said multiple-entry visas would be honored again starting midnight (Japan time) on October 11, 2022.

"Therefore, you will be able to visit Japan with your multiple entry visa as long as the period of validity printed on the visa remains from the above-mentioned date," it said.

However, those who obtained their visa during the period when the suspension was in effect need to submit a new visa application due to the Japanese government's visa policy.

"For visa requirements, we will resume our regular process from October 11, 2022, including non-packaged tour (individual tourism), business visa, and APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)," it said.

"Also, we will no longer request ERSF Certificate, which accepting organizations in Japan such as companies, ministries, and travel agencies are required to obtain for you, for the trip from October 11," it added.