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Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016
This policy was first introduced on 1 July 2015, which also applies for French, German, Spanish and Italian nationals. 4.7m people visited the country in the first six months of 2016, representing a 21.3 percent increase on last year’s figures, as reported by the Vietnam’s General Statistics office.
This announcement came just after the introduction of Vietnam Airlines’ daily non-stop services between Heathrow and Vietnam. A new Thursday flight to Hanoi was added to the national flag carrier and SkyTeam member’s existing six flights per week schedule on 23 June. The annual tourism revenues have risen by 22 percent to VND200 trillion (£6.8bn).
Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam.
Although the Vietnamese government agreed an extension for the visa waiver program, it has rejected a proposal to increase the validity and allowed stays for the policy.