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Israel: Knesset Passes Medical Tourism Legislation

(Sept. 25, 2018) On July 18, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) approved the Medical Tourism Law, 5778-2018 (SEFER HAHUKIM [SH] 5778 No. 2750 p. 963, Ministry of Justice website (in Hebrew; click on issue No. 2750). The Law regulates the medical tourism industry in Israel. Among other things, it introduces registration requirements for medical tourism […]

Japan: Law to Establish Casino Resorts Enacted

(Sept. 20, 2018) The Act on Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Areas was enacted in Japan in July 2017. (Integrated Resort Development Act, Act No. 80 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra ed. No. 166 (July 27, 2018), at 18, National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) This Act corresponds to the Act on Promotion […]

Japan: Short-Term Home Rentals Restricted by Many Local Governments

(Aug. 31, 2018) In June 2017 the Diet (Japan’s Parliament) enacted the House Sharing Business Act, which regulates short-term home renting (minpaku). (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Law on Renting Rooms in Private Homes to Tourists, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (June 16, 2017).) The new law became effective on June 15, 2018. (Press Release, Japan Tourism Agency, Cabinet […]

Indonesia: Rules for Foreign Cruise Ships Liberalized

(Sept. 27, 2017) Regulations have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simpler for cruise ships and yachts to dock in the country’s ports; the changes include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 400 foreign cruise ships […]

Japan: Law on Renting Rooms in Private Homes to Tourists

(June 16, 2017) On June 8, 2017, the Diet (Japan’s parliament) passed a bill that allows people to rent out rooms of their homes to tourists for profit.  The new law, the Home-Sharing Business Act, was promulgated on June 16, 2017.  (Home Sharing Business Act, Act No. 65 of 2017, KANPO [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], Extra Ed., […]

Iceland: New Home Sharing Law To Take Effect January 1, 2017

(Nov. 29, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi) passed a new law amending the Act on Restaurants, Lodging and Entertainment. (Lög um breytingu á lögum um veitingastaði, gististaði og skemmtanahald nr. 85/2007 (heimagisting, veitingastaðir án áfengisveitinga, ótímabundin rekstrarleyfi) [Act on Amending the Act on Restaurants, Lodging and Entertainment 85/2007 (Private Accommodation, Restaurants Without […]

Cambodia: Three-Year Visas to Be Launched in September

(Aug. 23, 2016) It was reported on August 19, 2016, that the Cambodian government will allow foreigners to stay in Cambodia on a new, three-year multiple entry visa. (Cambodia to Introduce Three-Year Visas Next Month, BANGKOK POST (Aug. 19, 2016).) According to Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, the visa application will be available from September […]

Japan: Ports and Harbors Act Amended to Encourage More Foreign Visitors from Cruise Ships

(July 25, 2016) The Japanese government has in recent years made efforts to attract greater numbers of foreign visitors.  To that end, the Cabinet established the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference in 2013. (Regarding Establishment of the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference, Cabinet Consent (Mar. 26, 2013), Cabinet website (in Japanese).) As one […]

Thailand: Blacklist for Foreigners Who Overstay Visas

(Apr. 6, 2016) On March 20, 2016, as part of tightened security measures, new immigration rules entered into force banning the re-entry into Thailand of foreigners who unlawfully overstay their visas by more than 90 days. (Banned: New Rule Comes into Force Prohibiting Visa Overstayers from Re-Entering Thailand, COCONUTS BANGKOK (Feb. 18, 2016).) The rules […]

Indonesia: Promotion of Measures to Protect Caves

(Jan. 21, 2016) On January 18, 2016, the President of Indonesia’s Speleological Society, Cahyo Rahmadi, urged the country’s government to adopt national standards to protect caves. Rahmadi stated, “[t]he government has not yet issued a guideline on cave management, even though caves have become tourist sites.”  (Bambang Muryanto, Government Urged to Protect Caves for Ecotourism, […]