Việt Nam should extend further visa exemption policy for foreign tourists to attract more foreign visitors coming back, according to experts.
Retail goods and services posted a revenues of nearly VNĐ2.12 quadrillion (US$94 billion in the first six months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 10.7 per cent, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Tourists from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will continue to be exempted from visa until June 2021, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said on Thursday.
The visa exemption policy for citizens of five European countries will expire in the next three months. Whether and when it might be renewed are still open questions, creating a headache for tourists and Vietnamese businesses that serve them.
Việt Nam received a record 12.9 million foreign visitors in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 29.1 per cent, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Some cumbersome regulations for visa exemptions are believed to be hindering efforts to attract more foreign tourists to Việt Nam.
Việt Nam and South Korea are enjoying robust growth of their strategic co-operative partnership, high-level officials affirmed yesterday.
HCM City’s Department of Tourism has proposed the Government extend its visa exemption policy for international tourists from nine countries to 30 days from 15 days to promote tourism development to help reach the target of 10-11 million international tourists in 2020.
The electronic visa (e-visa) pilot scheme has had a positive impacts on Việt Nam’s tourism industry since it was implemented at the beginning of the year.