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EuroCham proposes full inclusion of EU members in Vietnam’s visa waiver list

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – EuroCham Vietnam has recently written to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh proposing the expansion of Vietnam’s visitor visa exemption list to include all 27 member countries of the European Union (EU).

EuroCham noted that the effort would further tap cooperation potentials of EU-Vietnam relations and enhance trade and investment activities.

Vietnam’s visa exemption list currently includes seven EU member countries, namely Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

“This expansion will bring in a large number of travelers from the EU market, which has a population of over 500 million. By removing barriers for high-income international travelers to visit Vietnam, we will undoubtedly unlock amazing opportunities for the country’s economy after a difficult few years,” said Gabor Fluit, chairman of EuroCham Vietnam.

EuroCham has praised the extension of Vietnam’s e-visa validity to a 90-day period, enabling multiple entries and exits starting from August 15, in addition to extending the temporary residence period for citizens from countries exempted from visas by Vietnam to 45 days.

“It’s not only about the sheer number of visitors, but also the extended duration of their stay and their substantial purchasing power where European travelers truly stand out. European travelers tend to stay much longer, often for two weeks or more”, added Fluit.

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