Vietnam transit visa is proposed

Vietnam visa continues to be exempted for citizens of five countries: England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy since July 1, 2017.

However, the length of stay benefiting from the Vietnam visa exemption must not exceed 15 days, regardless of the type of passport or the purpose of entry, on the basis of the satisfaction of the conditions prescribed by Vietnamese law.

Mr. Tran Trong Kien, the member of the National Tourism Advisory Council, said the visa policy exemption is encouraging tourists to come to Vietnam. However, it is better to extend up to 30 days because most visitors come from Western European countries generally stay longer than 15 days with long holidays.

Vietnam transit visa

According to Mr. Kien, the government can consider the Vietnam visa exemption for citizens of countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In fact, these are high potential markets. If the visa is exempted, the number of Australian visitors to Vietnam can reach one million people in the next 5-10 years and other markets expect a growth rate of 20% if the Vietnam visa policy is good.

In addition to extending the visa exemption period, the Tourism Advisory Board also recommends that the government will have to issue a Vietnam transit visa for visitors arriving in Vietnam for 72 hours or 48 hours without visas. This will help develop the service of Vietnamese airlines and give travelers the opportunity to have short experiences before returning to Vietnam for longer stays.

According to Mr. Tran Trong Kien, the facilitation of Vietnam visa issuance will increase the number of visitors from 8 to 10% and the turnover of the tourism industry will increase by $ 100 million a year, much more than the amount of the visa fee of $ 17 million a year.

The members of the Tourism Advisory Board also have estimated that the e-visa policy should be further improved in terms of speed of access, website marketing, and simpler procedures. In addition, it is necessary to improve the Vietnam visa policy at the border because it is "very complex and inefficient".

According to the Minister, the head of the government office, Mai Tien Dung, in recent years, the Vietnam visa liberalization policies, the good promotion of tourism...have helped Vietnam to maintain the growth rate of tourism closely 30% Foreigners can now apply for the visa anywhere.

In 2017, the World Economic Forum ranked Vietnam 116th position on 136 nations in terms of visa release. In the ASEAN region (Association of Nations in South East Asia), Vietnam is ranked in last position in terms of visa exemption. Thailand exempts visa for citizens of 61 countries, Malaysia 155 countries, Singapore 158, Indonesia 169 countries, Brunei 58 countries...These countries apply the issuance of the visa at the border and the electronic visa.

In addition, travelers enjoy the visa exemption for the stay of 30 days usually while the Vietnam visa is exempt for the stay of 15 days maximum.