Tourism industry seeking visa fee waivers for all visitors to Vietnam.
The Vietnam Tourism Association is asking the government to offer visa fee waivers to all tourists between July and December this year in an attempt to avert a drastic decline in foreign arrivals.
Tourists will be able to save US$45 of the visa fee, but it is also a gesture of goodwill.
Some industry insiders even said the government should learn from Singapore and start letting all foreign tourists enter the country freely without visa requirements.
Similar programs in 2009 had helped the industry survive a crisis, with foreign arrivals rebounding and then surging 36 percent the following year.
Vietnam’s visa waiver policy is currently effective for tourists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Russia and South Korea.
The government should consider extending it for another four large tourism markets of Vietnam, namely the UK, France, Germany and Australia.
Under a regional agreement, Vietnam also offers a 30-day visa waiver for tourists from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, except for those from Brunei who receive a 14-day waiver.
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