Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
On Wednesday, Milos Zeman, Czech President informed the press at Hanoi that he and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang had mutually decided on the introduction of single entry visa exemption for Czech citizens entering Vietnam. Also, Vietnam News Agency reported that a direct flight between Prague and Ho Chi Minh City will be introduced to improve tourism respectively.
He further added by saying that the republic will open a consulate in Ho Chi Minh City almost immediately. However, no fixed date for the air service and the consular opening were disclosed whatsoever.
68 Czech businesspeople accompanied Zeman in his two-day visit to Vietnam. In that visit, seven deals including a $20 million beach resort project were contracted, as per AP report. In 2016, Vietnam received more than 10 million foreign arrivals which are up by 26 percent from the previous year. The initial five months of this year witnessed a steady increase in arrivals which reached nearly 30 percent, according to official data. By 2020, the country wishes to welcome more than 20 million foreign visitors and making tourism a key economic sector. However, its visa policy has been disparaged by tourism industry groups as one of the toughest in Asia whatsoever.