The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) says it is proposing visa waivers for more countries and that foreign arrivals in the last three months of the year are expected to surge.
Nguyen Van Tuan, director of the agency, said in a recent report on the government website that there are “signs of recovery” in the tourism sector.
Tourist numbers in July, August and September were all higher than the corresponding month last year, ending 13 months of declines, including a sharp fall of 23.4 percent in March.
“With this new trend, we hope that the market can bounce back,” Tuan said.
He said his agency is proposing visa exemption for passport holders from 19 new markets, without naming them and providing any timeframe.
Tuan said the industry has been given a boost thanks to the recent visa waiver policy for tourists from Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain and Belarus.
The country has already waived visa requirements for visitors from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
The government has also allowed Viet kieu (overseas Vietnamese), their foreign spouses and children to visit Vietnam without a visa. More than 4.5 million Vietnamese are working and living outside Vietnam, according to official data.
Vietnam government has decided to extend visa waivers program for visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. This information was announced by the Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung announced at the meeting on 03 June, 2017.
Free Visa program for citizens of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with a stay in Vietnam does not exceed 15 days was extended for 1 more year by Vietnam Government. Effective 30 June, 2016, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No.
Citizens of Belarus will be exempted for 15 days of visas into Vietnam as from July 1, 2015. Under a resolution just issued by the government, visitors from Belarus are allowed to enter and stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without visas regardless of passport types and purpose of visit.
Despite of applying Vietnam Visa exemption policy for some countries, but Vietnam is still being a hard country for Visa issue in compare with neighboring countries. Therefore, Vietnam government considers extending Vietnam visa waiver to 9 more countries.
The Government has issued Decision No. 99/NQ-CP on visa exemption in a definite period for citizens from the Russian Federation, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.