Check status
Vietnam Visa ×

VietnamVisa.org.vn
Support 8:00 - 22:00 (GMT+7)

Visa exemption proposal is not enough to attract foreign tourists to Vietnam

July 16, 2015 0 COMMENT

Visa exemptions from Vietnam for some international travelers have been proposed but the free period of 15 days is not enough to keep foreign visitors, according to travel companies.

Visa exemption proposal is not enough to attract foreign tourists to Vietnam

Visa exemptions encourage tourism development, and that is why Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore grant visa waivers for 49 to 180 countries, including dozens of countries with unilateral waivers.

As of July Vietnam officially applied visa waivers for an additional five countries in Western Europe and Belarus, bringing the total to 22 countries.

This is a favorable condition for tourism, but according to Ms Nguyen Thuy Duong, Vice Director of Eviva Tour Company, the visa waiver is good but 15 days is is too short.

“Europeans often travel for three weeks in the summer holidays. With this restriction, we lose the opportunity to keep them stay longer,” Nam said.

The policy will last for only one year, until 30/6/2016, while Europeans often make their travel plans one year ahead.

Therefore, Vietnamese travel companies cannot promote this policy to attract tourists from this market, said Mr. Vu The Binh, Deputy Chair of the Vietnam Tourism Association.

Meanwhile, there are only two major international tourism fairs in Europe – ITB held in March in Germany and WTM held in November in the UK. These are opportunities for Vietnamese travel companies to advertise and sell new tours.

“But the new visa policy makes it difficult for travel companies, because after the upcoming promotions nobody knows whether the visa-free period will be extended or not,” Nam added.

The visa waiver policy was launched after international visitors to Vietnam dropped for 13 consecutive months.  Photo: VietnamPlus

To deal with the problems in applying the new visa-waiver policy, Vu The Binh said the tourism industry would gather opinions and submit them to the government to resolve the difficulties.

Nam suggested expanding the list of unilateral visa exemption with EU countries, the old member states of the Soviet Union, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and India.

He also proposed to improve the visa-on-arrival policy and to implement a transit visa policy, which allows foreign citizens who have air tickets to 3rd countries to stay in Vietnam for 72 hours without a visa and  e-visa service.

Previously, Vietnam discussed a program called “Three Countries, One Destination” with Thailand and Cambodia, under which foreign tourists only needed a visa to visit these countries. However, only Thailand and Cambodia signed the visa cooperation program.

Source: VietnamNet

RELATED POSTS

Jun 28, 2018

Foreign tourists happy with Vietnam’s visa exemption policy

From the beginning of July, citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy will enjoy visa exemptions for the next three years, until June 30, 2021, as approved by...

Read More ›
Jun 12, 2018

Passengers warned to get to Tan Son Nhat Airport early

National carrier Vietnam Airlines has recommended passengers be present at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City as early as possible to avoid traffic jams. Passengers have been warned...

Read More ›
May 07, 2018

Late visa policy announcement challenges tourism

The visa exemption policy for citizens of five European countries will expire in the next three months. Whether and when it might be renewed are still open questions, creating a...

Read More ›
Mar 30, 2018

Ha Noi-Vietnam among world’s top destinations for 2018

Ha Noi has been ranked 12th among the 25 best destinations for 2018 globally, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards. “The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old...

Read More ›