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Will new visa requirement affect your decision to visit Viet Nam?

Update: January, 09/2015 - 09:48
Currently, tourists traveling to Viet Nam by waterway only account for about 5 per cent of international arrivals. — Photo vtvdanang

According to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, tourists entering Viet Nam by waterway will have to pay $45 for a visa instead of the current $5 and will be required to submit a visa application.

In addition, under the new regulation, each ship passenger must obtain a personal visa. Previously only one permit was needed for everyone on board.

Tourist companies and travel agencies are worried this increase will deter many sea travelers as the country hopes to take advantage of its coastal areas.

Many say a lack of concerted effort and poorly funded infrastructure have hindered the development of Viet Nam's waterway tourism, despite the country's great potential.

Currently, tourists traveling to Viet Nam by waterway only account for about 5 per cent of international arrivals.

Have you entered Viet Nam on a cruise before? What were your experiences? Do you think these new requirements will deter sea travelers to Viet Nam? How do you think Viet Nam can improve its waterway tourism?

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