To attract tourists, Vietnam is set to ease visa requirement

 Saturday, March 18, 2023 


The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, requested the officials to let go some of the requirements related to visa to assist the Southeast Asian country to draw greater number of foreign tourists.

Problems in obtaining visas for Vietnam tourists have been an important reason the country fought post-pandemic to attract foreign travelers back once again, as per local media. In 2022, less than 3.7 million travelers from foreign countries came to Vietnam, country known for tantalizing street food, a long beach line scattered with beaches and Halong Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On Wednesday, Chinh ordered his cabinet to change their immigration policies like offering more visa waivers, foreign tourists can stay longer with reasonable fees and developing the e-visa program of the country, as per the website of the government.

Visitors from 13 nations have received visa waivers from Vietnam, 11 in Europe and two in Asia. In the country, now they can stay for 15 days. Now, tourists from nine Asean countries can stay in Vietnam visa-free for as long as 30 days. At present, to 80 nations, Vietnam offers e-visas, the immigration department said.

The ministry of tourism, Vietnam, says easier visa policy is crucial to draw greater number of foreign tourists. At a Wednesday tourism conference, local tourist firms put forward increasing the length of stays to as much as 45 days, state media said.

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