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Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnamese Prime Minister, said on 9 August that the government would allocate up to $9 million to develop the e-visa system. He instructed the public security ministry of Vietnam to see to it that the system was functional from 1 January 2017.
Vietnam already offers visa-free travel to visitors from 22 countries, including all ASEAN states and several key international source markets, such as Russia, Japan, South Korea, France and the UK. All travellers can visit the southern resort island of Phu Quoc for up to 30 days without a visa.
The Prime Minister also gave a go ahead to institute a tourism development fund, which would pay for promotion activities, develop human resources and tools and improve the institutional capacity of the sector.
He also asked the ministries related to tourism to strengthen the tourism management environment so that tourism could be made a leading economic sector of the country.
Vietnam welcomed 5.55m international visitors in the first seven months of 2016, up 24% year-on-year. The country is planning to attract 10.5m annual visitors by 2020.