As many as 490 foreigners have registered for electronic visas to enter Vietnam, 210 of whom have been issued with their visas, after the first week of the e-visa pilot scheme, the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Immigration has said.
Tourism businesses say the visa waiver program for select countries from Europe has proved effective and should be extended.
Vietnam expected international arrivals to reach 10 million in 2016, a landmark for the country, as the number of foreign tourists has surpassed 9 million so far this year.
Faring poorly on an international passport index, Vietnam possesses one of the least powerful passports in the region.
Relaxed visa policy has done the trick.
Vietnam saw a big leap in tourist arrivals from Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany and France in the first seven months of this year as its visa waiver for these five Western European markets continued to pay off.
The Government has recently issued a resolution on exempting visa for flight crew members of foreign airlines operating in Vietnam.
The tourism sector will do its utmost to create a breakthrough development and fix shortcomings towards a healthy tourism environment, said General Director of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan.
The Vietnamese Government has approved an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders signed with the Republic of Cyprus.
After nearly one year of offering visa waivers for citizens from five Western European countries, travellers from these markets have been on the rise. For this reason, the visa exemption policy is considered a lever for Vietnam’s tourism growth.
VOV.VN - The Vietnam government issued a decree on June 30 extending its limited free visa-on-arrival scheme for tourists from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, reports the Vietnam News Agency.
More than two million international visitors have entered Hanoi so far this year, a 34% surge year-on-year, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
VOV.VN - Russia intends to increase the number of international inbound tourists by visa exemption, according to Spunik news.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed extending the visa exemption policy for citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Germany and Italy from one year to five years.
Vietnam will extend its visa exemption policy for Western Europe tourists, which will expire on July 1, said the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) at a press conference in Hanoi on April 12.
Here are some major policies related to foreigners and overseas Vietnamese that have been introduced by the Vietnamese government this year.
International visitors to Vietnam are estimated to hit 7.94 million in 2015, down 0.2% from the previous year, which is the first decrease in the last six years, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
A road show to promote tourism in Vietnam took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 16.
(VOV) -Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has held a Vietnam tourism road show in Minsk city in Belarus with the aim of promoting the country’s tourism destinations and services while creating cooperation opportunities for the two tourism agencies.
Foreign visitors will continue to increase by this year end and beyond partly due to the positive visa policy, said an official of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).