Japan relaxes visa rules for Pinoys Starting July 1, Filipinos can apply for multiple-entry visas for short-term trips to Japan, part of the East Asian country's relaxed visa rules for select Southeast Asian countries. The multiple-entry visas will allow Filipinos to stay in Japan for a period of 15 days, and the visas will be valid for up to 3 years. Visa requirements for citizens of Thailand and Malaysia, meanwhile, have been lifted for short-term stays. For Malaysia, citizens must have an ordinary IC passport to use this privilege; those who do not have an IC passport will still be encouraged to apply for a visa. In the case of Thailand, there will be no visa requirements for Thai citizens who will visit Japan for 15 days or less; for trips longer than 15 days, visas will still be required. Prior to this, only citizens of Brunei and Singapore were allowed to enter Japan without a visa.