Vietnam continues visa exemptions for five European countries9 May 2018
Vietnam will renew visa exemptions for a three-year period for the citizens of five Western European countries, namely the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The decision was approved by the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, at the regular Government meeting on May 3rd and announced by the Minister & Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung in the same afternoon.
The Minister & Chairman of the Government Office, Mai Tien Dung, said that the Government's meeting on May 3rd was about issues related to the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Police and Ministry of Defense to continue visa exemptions for citizens of five European countries.
Accordingly, citizens from the five aforementioned countries will continue to enjoy visa exemptions to enter Vietnam up to 2021.
The National Assembly has also allowed the government to pilot e-visas; therefore, visitors anywhere can also apply for visas online, helping to increase Vietnam's attractiveness for tourism.
Vietnam welcomed about 720,000 Western European visitors in 2015; the number of visitors increased to 855,000 in 2016 and reached 1.5 million in 2017.
According to the Minister-Head of the Office of the Government, the open visa policy and the promotion of tourism has contributed to helping Vietnam maintain the growth rate of international visitors to approximately 30%.