|Tourists line up to complete the immigration process at the Huu Nghi international border gate. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Huy
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has called upon agencies to ease the process of extending tourist visas during a meeting held in Ha Noi.
The Deputy PM has asked the Ministry of Public Security to work with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST), and other agencies, to ease the way for visa renewals for those foreigners seeking to extend their permits when coming from countries that Viet Nam offers unilateral visa exemptions, once their requests are guaranteed by businesses or tourism companies and they have proof of possessing return tickets.
The renewal of such permits will be made in accordance with the tourism programme, but will only be renewed one time for a maximum of 15 days.
He also called for the consideration of granting visas for a maximum of 15 days at border gates for tourists from visa exempt countries who leave for a third country and return to Viet Nam within 30 days.
Further, Dam requested the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to strengthen its supervision of international tourism agencies in guaranteeing and managing their tourists during their extended visa period.
The ministry has also been assigned to develop a proposal for the establishment of a Tourism Development Assistance Fund. The proposal will focus on the fund's principle purposes, how to raise needed resources and its financial management mechanism.
The MoCST should coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security to increase the number of countries enjoying Viet Nam's visa exemption, and submit a list of proposed countries to the Prime Minister for approval by June this year, he said. Priority should be given to high potential tourism markets and visitors from countries that have strategic partnerships with Viet Nam.
The Ministry of Finance has been requested to accelerate the amendment of Circular 66/2009/TT-BTC dated March 30, 2009, and Circular 190/2012/TT-BTC dated November 9, 2012, which regulate legal documents on immigration activities; as well as the collecting, managing and spending of visa fees to attract more tourists, and submit new proposals to the Prime Minister for approval. — VNS