Vietnamese should pay ‘goodbye fee’ when exiting country: lawmaker

Vietnamese should pay a ‘goodbye fee’ of $3-5 every time they leave the country, a former tourism official and now lawmaker suggests.

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Vietnamese should pay a ‘goodbye fee’ of $3-5 every time they get out of the country, said lawmaker Nguyen Quoc Hung. Photo by Shutterstock
Nguyen Quoc Hung, former deputy chief of the National Administration of Tourism, said this while taking part in a debate on the Vietnamese Immigration Bill in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The money could be used by diplomatic agencies to support Vietnamese citizens abroad, adopt new technologies to help people enter and exit the country and promote Vietnam’s tourism image abroad, he said.

Hung noted some countries have this fee, including Japan, which decided last year that citizens must pay Y1,000 ($9.23) every time they leave the country.

"The Japanese government expects to get $400 million a year to invest in tourism development and help improve immigration."

About 2.3 million Vietnamese travelled out of the country between December 16 last year and April 15 this year, according to Ministry of Public Security data.

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