Vietnam minister proposes visa exemption for US, European travelers

Vietnam minister proposes visa exemption for US, European travelers

Overseas vacationers are seen in Hoi An, central Vietnam, on July 24, 2022. Picture by VnExpress/Dac Thanh

Minister of Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung proposed increasing visa exemption for vacationers from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India to spice up sector restoration.

He additionally advised the federal government take into account simplifying immigration procedures to draw overseas vacationers as Vietnam reopened after over two years of border closure, he stated in a report submitted to the National Meeting Standing Committee on Tuesday.

Hung additionally proposed extending tax cuts to tourism companies till the top of 2023 to assist them recuperate after the pandemic disaster.

Although Vietnam reopened tourism and lifted most Covid restrictions, Hung stated travel companies and people working within the tourism trade are grappling with difficulties and have probably not benefited instantly from present insurance policies.

The nation welcomed 954,000 overseas arrivals within the first seven months this yr, up 9 instances year-on-year.

This yr, Vietnam targets 5 million overseas vacationers, round 30 p.c of pre-pandemic ranges.

The federal government has allowed quarantine-free entry and resumed its pre-pandemic visa exemption coverage for twenty-four tourism markets together with Western European nations from mid-March with a most keep of 15 days.