Published on : Sunday, August 13, 2017
The HCMC Department of Tourism has petitioned the Government to extend its visa waiver to more countries and at the same time lengthen the visa-free stay from 15 to 21 or 30 days for passport holders from Sweden, Denmark, Russia, South Korea, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. International tourists are seen taking photos in downtown HCMC. The HCMC government has asked the central Government to ease visa requirements to lure more international visitors.
Over the past two years, the visa waiver for citizens of five Western European countries – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – has contributed positively to the tourism sector as the number of visitors from these countries has increased by 14% a year.
The Government should consider allowing international visitors to re-enter the country within 30 days of visa exemption as many foreign tourists to Vietnam might wish to travel to neighboring countries before returning to Vietnam for departure. Vietnam has high hopes on its tourism market with 20-25% growth in foreign visitor arrivals. By 2020, international visitor arrivals could soar to 10 to 11 million.
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