Gov’t to waive visa fees for tourists to disaster-hit prefectures, mainichi, 11/7/11

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Foreign Ministry said Monday it will waive visa fees for foreign tourists visiting Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, for five years from Nov. 15, as part of efforts to support tourism in the prefectures ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The ministry will exempt tourists from paying the fees — about 3,000 yen for a single-use visa and 6,000 yen for a multiple-use visa — if they present documents to verify their visit to the three prefectures, such as itineraries and flight tickets.

Tourists to Japan who are required to obtain visas come mainly from China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

(Mainichi Japan) November 7, 2011


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from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.


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