Palace still clueless on Japan's visa rule

Posted at 06/26/2014 3:33 PM | Updated as of 06/26/2014 3:33 PM

MANILA - A Palace official hopes to see how Japan will relax its visa requirements for Filipinos seeking to visit the country.

Communication Secretary Sonny Coloma could not give details on how Japan plans to operationalize its recent announcement to relax visa requirements, which comes despite earlier reports saying the country planned to scrap visas for Filipinos altogether.

"We will have to inquire further. But the act itself of relaxing the requirements is welcome considering that it opens the possibilities for increased interaction between the Filipino people and the Japanese people. So we will just await further announcements. I will have to find out if there are other details beyond what has already been reported," Coloma said.

In a statement posted on the Japanese embassy website last week, Japan said, "For national of the Philippines, 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."

Japan is hoping to boost tourism.

President Aquino and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the relaxation of visas for Filipinos visiting japan during the former’s one day visit to Tokyo this week. No details were given as well.