VOV.VN - Vietnam is considering reopening its international tourism market following a long pause due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with the aim of boosting the tourism sector to get back on track and match that of regional rivals.
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on April 10 received a diplomatic note from the Republic of Korea (RoK) Embassy in Vietnam which said amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the Korean Government has decided to suspend the validity of short-term visa for foreigners, irrespective of countries and territories, starting from 00:00 am on April 13.
Vietnam welcomes the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s adoption of new visa regulations for Vietnamese citizens, which will help promote the people-to-people exchange between the two countries, spokesperson for the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang has said.
The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s new visa policy for Vietnamese citizens is expected to help the two countries become greater economic allies, said RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do Hyon.
Vietnam could lose long holiday tourists to Indonesia and Thailand because of its complicated visa procedures, industry insiders say.
Relaxing its visa policy could be Vietnam’s ‘magic wand’ to attract more foreign visitors and transform itself into a top regional and global destination, experts say.
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 headache for tourists and Vietnamese businesses that serve them.
Tourism in Vietnam – China border areas has been thriving in recent months thanks to favourable visa policy and prices, said authorities in the Chinese region of Guangxi’s Dongxing city.
VOV.VN - Vietnamese tourists, already owning a Visa Platinum credit card issued by Shinhan Bank of the ROK, will be exempt from providing specified documentary evidence of financial capacity, said Jung Chang Soo, CEO of the Korea Tourism Organization during his recent working visit to Vietnam.
Representatives of foreign business associations have expressed concern over Vietnam’s visa policy, claiming their member enterprises are having problems with short-stay visa and strict entry regulations.
China’s Taiwan is piloting a preferential visa policy for high-end tour groups from Vietnam as well as those from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India with the aim of increasing tourist arrivals, according to local press.