Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017
Visa exemption from significant tourist markets should be one of the important measures that the government should continue in order to turn to turn tourism into a key sector for Vietnam, as per the Vietnam Tourism Association’s report. The association further informed that they had received plenty of requests from major tourism firms and local tourism associations to carry on visa exemptions from tourists from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belarus and the UK for five years respectively.
As a matter of fact, they at the same time suggested exempting visas for visitors from India, Australia, Canada, and countries in Eastern Europe including Poland, Czech, Bulgaria and Hungary, as well as previous Soviet countries.
Vu The Binh, the association’s vice chairman, said it was viable as neighboring countries has all followed the same policy already. To quote Vu The Binh, ‘expanding visa exemptions is a common trend. Thailand exempts visa for tourists from 61 countries, Malaysia exempts visa for 155 countries and in Singapore, and it’s 158. Meanwhile, we have only exempted visa for 22 countries.’
Tourism firms’ accepted that they didn’t defy spending too much on endorsements as the visa exemption programme lasts only for a year. Usually, short-term plans remain valid from three to five years and over five years for long-term plans respectively.