Are there soon Vietnam Visa exemptions for tourists from Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada?
Are there soon Vietnam Visa exemptions for tourists from Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada?

Currently the Vietnam Visa exemption is valid for a period of 30 days for tourists from the ASEAN countries with the exception of Brunei (only 14 days), as well as for tourists from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, South Korea and Russia for 15 days. In addition all visitors to a stay of 15 days on Phu Quoc Island theoretically exempt from the Visa requirement. Background is a joint proposal of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as well the Vietnam Tourism Administration to the Government.

Now a discussion about the Vietnam Visa exemption for other nations is kindled. This is planned to counteract the pending problems of the tourism industry. Therefore this initiative is supported also and above all of the local travel agencies and companies of the travel industry which feared further loss of revenue due to easier entry requirements in neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines.

In conversation is the abolition of Visa required for tourists from Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada. Furthermore a promotion of air traffic is required to provide for more tourists a special incentive for traveling to Vietnam during the low season. According to interpretation of the above mentioned authorities would be achieved with the exemption from the Visa obligation higher revenue than by expensive Visa. This would in result lead that jobs will be created as well as to economic growth and the further entire economic development of the country. The income for the private sector would grow and help to increase the tax revenue of the State. Likewise this would help increase the demand for side products such as transport, food, crafts and art.

This is referred to reports of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) which assume that potential tourists stay away if the costs of a tourist visa exceed a certain limit. The report also assessed that a Visa free policy has a positive effect to the development of tourism.

The State Executive Committee of the Vietnamese Tourism (VNAT) specifies simultaneously that an increase in tourist arrivals in 2014 occurred despite the increase in Visa costs in January 2013. 5.47 million Foreign tourists were estimated in the first 8 months of 2014 which is an increase of 12.25% compared to the same period in 2013.

While one discussed in Vietnam about the abolition of visa obligation, one thinks now in Cambodia about the increase of the cost for a Visa. The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Berlin increased according to unconfirmed information the Visa costs for a tourist Visa from 30 EUR to 40 EUR.

On final decisions one must probably wait.

13.09.2014
Anh Thu
ITI-HOLIDAY

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