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Japan softens visa regime for Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

05.09.2018 122 просмотров

This was announced to his colleagues from the three republics by the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.


Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is completing a four-day tour of the countries of the South Caucasus: on September 2, he visited Georgia, then visited Armenia, and on September 5 he held several strategic meetings in Azerbaijan.

This was the first visit of a foreign minister Japan to Georgia and Armenia since 1991 and the second to Azerbaijan (the previous one took place in 1999).

The leitmotif of the trip of the head of Japanese diplomacy was the deepening of cooperation with all three countries, and one of its aspects is the easing of the visa regime.

In Azerbaijan, Taro Kono said that the Japanese authorities intend to launch a procedure that will eventually as a result, it will lead to visa regime facilitation. In addition, the minister announced the launch of a direct flight between Tokyo and Baku, which, according to him, will “help increase the flow of tourists.”

In addition, Taro Kono told his colleagues, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Foreign Minister Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and the head of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elmar Mammadyarov about Tokyo's readiness to launch a program to support fresh personnel in the South Caucasian republics. It is, in particular, about improving the skills of young politicians, diplomats, lawyers, lawyers and other professionals who, according to the Japanese minister, are capable of "playing a key role in state building."

Facilitation of the visa regime is one of components of this large-scale program, since, as Taro Kono explained, free contacts between young professionals from different countries give them an impetus for further development, allow them to exchange experiences, share the results of the latest research and, in the end, help each other.

Japan's diplomatic relations with Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were established in 1992, the year after they became independent republics.

Currently, citizens of these countries need a visa to visit Japan, which is issued according to invitation from the host country.

Until the end of 2017, when applying for a tourist visa, it was required to provide finance th guarantees from a Japanese resident, therefore, most often travel agencies were engaged in registration, and their counterparties in Japan acted as guarantors. From December 1, 2017, the requirements were relaxed, and tourist visas began to be issued for travel “at their own expense without a guarantor.”

Armenia canceled entry visas for Japanese citizens at the end of August 2017. Georgia grants the Japanese the right to visa-free entry and stay on its territory for 12 months. When entering Azerbaijan, they can apply for a 30-day visa at the airport or an e-visa in advance via the Internet.

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