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Visa exemptions for European tourists

Released at: 08:25, 22/07/2015

Visa exemptions for European tourists

The UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain join list of countries whose residents can travel to Vietnam for less than 15 days without a visa.

by Doanh Doanh

Residents of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain no longer require a visa to travel to Vietnam for less than 15 days, under a Prime Ministerial decision that came into effect on July 1 and will remain in effect until the end of 2016.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) hopes that the visa exemptions and certain tourism stimulus programs will attract 1.1 million arrivals from these markets in the next three years, up 50 per cent from this year.

Some 700,000 Western Europeans visit Vietnam each year, while about 150,000 Vietnamese visit the five countries, according to Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Director of VNAT.

Mr. Vu The Binh, Deputy Chairman of VNAT, added that the administration must develop new tourism products to meet the demands of tourists from the five Western European countries to learn about Vietnamese culture and explore the country’s nature.

Mr. Tuan told local media that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will propose the government also offer visa exemptions to tourists from other potential markets, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India.

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