Manila: The Japanese Foreign Ministry has announced the first step of relaxed visa requirements for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to boost the country’s tourism industry.

“For nationals of the Philippines and Vietnam, multiple-entry visa requirements will be substantially relaxed, and requirements for single-entry tourism visas will be relaxed to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level when applied via specified travel agencies,” the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“For e-passport holders of Indonesia, visas will be exempted based on prior registration at the Embassy or Consulates General of Japan in Indonesia,” it said.

The relaxation of requirements was described as “an initial step” to the realization of visa exemptions which Japan hopes will promote the country’s tourism.