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PM urges easier visa policy to boost inbound tourism

By Thai Huy

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HCMC – Vietnam will unilaterally offer a visa waiver for more countries and lengthen the duration of stay for international tourists, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a conference on the post-Covid tourism recovery on March 15.

The PM requested relevant departments and agencies to revise the immigration procedures for international guests and expand the list of countries eligible for e-visa application.

The Government will create favorable conditions for domestic and international airlines to open direct air links between Vietnam and key tourism markets worldwide.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has been assigned to restructure the tourism industry, focusing on international markets.

Special attention should be given to foreign markets with spending and long-stay potential.

PM Chinh emphasized that Vietnamese tourism should provide travelers with what they need and strive to persuade them to return to Vietnam multiple times.

He also focused on diversifying tourism markets, products and supply chains and developing affordable tourism options and travel options for high-income groups.

Vietnam will also enhance international cooperation, particularly with multinational corporations and large travel agents, to promote connectivity and attract major international markets.

At the conference, many businesses proposed extending tourist visa validity for international tourists from 90 to 180 days and the length of stay from 30 to 45 days.

Moreover, they suggested allowing multiple entries to give visitors more time to travel, thereby boosting revenue for the tourism industry.

Regarding countries with visa exemptions in Vietnam, businesses proposed extending the maximum length of stay from 15 to 30 or 45 days and allowing multiple entries.

Currently, Vietnam offers a visa waiver to 25 countries and e-visa for citizens of 80 countries.

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