Government extends visa-exemption policy for five countries’ citizens


Update: June, 07/2017 – 15:00

About 5.3 million international tourists have come to Việt Nam in the first five months this year, an increase of 30.8 per cent over last year’s figure.The Government has agreed to extend the visa exemption policy for citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Government has agreed to extend the visa exemption policy for citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, said Mai Tiến Dũng, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office.

The policy, which ends on June 30 this year, will be extended until June 30, next year.

Accordingly, citizens from the above-mentioned countries will not have to apply for visa if their stay in Việt Nam does not exceed 15 days.

This is the second time the Government has extended the policy which took effect from July 1, 2015, Dũng said.

The visa exemption will increase the number of foreign tourists to Việt Nam, Dũng said.

According to Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the visa exemption policy has brought about positive effects on the development of the tourism sector in the country.

The European tourist market in the first quarter of 2017 grew rapidly, especially the markets that had visa-free entry since July 2015 and the Russian market.

The total number of tourists from the five visa-free countries to Việt Nam in the first quarter of 2017 reached over 240,000 tourists, up 12 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Specifically, the number of tourists from Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Britain increased by 23 per cent, 13 per cent, 13 per cent, 11 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively.

In order to promote tourism development in 2017, the Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to co-ordinate with the Ministry of Finance to supplement the funds for tourist promotion, with a view to reach the target of between 13 million and 15 million international tourists in 2017.

About 5.3 million international tourists have come to Việt Nam in the first five months this year, an increase of 30.8 per cent over last year’s figure.

Earlier in May, the HCM City Tourism Association urged the Government to extend the visa waiver for tourists from the five Western European countries.

Nguyễn Thị Khánh, deputy chairwoman of the association, told a meeting with the city People’s Council on May 23, that the visa-free policy should be for five years, instead of one, to enable travel firms to organise promotion and marketing campaigns in the five markets.

Besides this, the maximum stay per entry for these tourists should be doubled to 30 days, which would help boost their spending in the country, she added. — VNS

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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