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Visa fee hike could cause drop in US travellers to Việt Nam

Update: September, 16/2016 - 11:00
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Travel firms that organize inbound tours for US nationals are concerned about the recent changes in visa fees. 

From August 29 the visa fee has been hiked to US$135 from $25, and Americans can only get a multiple visa unlike earlier when they could get a single-entry visa for $25.

An official said this follows an agreement signed between the Vietnamese and US governments.

Phan Xuân Anh, chairman of the HCM City-based Viet Excursions, said his company’s partners in the US might not accept the higher visa fee.

“US travellers who come on cruises are charged $5 [for a visa]. But if they return to the US by air, they have to pay $135.”

Lê Phong Trần, a senior executive at Fiditour, said the fee hike would cause difficulties for travel firms because they signed contracts with their partners based on the earlier fee many months ago.

Trần Thị Việt Hương of Vietravel said the new policy would benefit American businesspeople who visit Việt Nam regularly, but not tourists who do not intend to come to Vietnam more than once in a year. — VNS




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