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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Foreign Ministry submits visa waiver proposal to PM

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent the Prime Minister a proposal to reinstate a visa waiver for international tourists to help the Covid-battered tourism industry recover.

The visa waiver reinstatement will be in line with the Law on Foreigners’ Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence in Vietnam 2014, as well as international treaties of which Vietnam is a signatory.

Vietnam will reinstate the visa waiver for those coming from 13 countries, comprising Japan, South Korea, Russia, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus.

Regarding vaccine passports, as of March 2, Vietnam had reached agreements on the mutual vaccine passport recognition with Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, the Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey and Singapore.

In early 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government suspended unilateral and bilateral visa-free travel based on the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s proposal to help the country prevent the spread of Covid.

Vietnam plans on fully reopening the tourism industry from March 15. Besides the visa policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to finalize tourism reopening policy.

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