Monday, July 15, 2024

Vietnam Announces Visa-Free Entry For Many Asian Countries

Vietnam would be lowering visa restrictions to entice more tourists to the nation, which has a number of popular tourist destinations.

Due to difficulties in acquiring tourist visas, travellers from all over the world are prevented from visiting the country, so Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered officials to simplify visa regulations.

In 2022, less than 3.7 million tourists from other countries will have visited the nation, which is well-known for its street food, its lengthy coastline that is peppered with beaches, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay.

The country’s e-visa programme will be expanded, more visa waivers will be made available, and the length of stays for international visitors will be increased. The premier has now given his cabinet the go-ahead to change immigration policies.

The Republic of Vietnam currently allows travellers from 13 countries to enter visa-free and remain for a maximum of 15 days. Visitors from nine Asean nations, however, are permitted a 30-day visa-free stay in the nation.

Vietnam’s tourism ministry affirms that a more lenient visa policy is essential to luring more foreign visitors, the nation plans to bring in eight million visitors from outside this year.

Before the pandemic disrupted routine life across continents, the country reported a record of more than 18 million international tourists in 2019. There have been efforts across the globe to attract more and more tourists after the COVID restrictions have been lifted by countries.  

Recent statistics show that hotel occupancy rates have shot up primarily because social distancing protocols have been removed.

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