(Central News Agency reporter Chen Jialun’s special report from Hanoi on the 15th) In order to compete for tourism, Thailand has recently opened visa exemptions to China, Taiwan, and India. Nguyen Van Hung, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, proposed that short-term visa-free measures could be provided for some major and potential markets, such as China and India, to stimulate tourism.
Online media VnExpress reported that Nguyen Van Hung made the above remarks at a tourism development conference this morning. He also suggested that the Vietnamese government expand the scope of unilateral visa exemption to attract tourists from countries with a higher level of development than Vietnam and high spending power, such as Australia, Canada, the United States and some EU countries.
Nguyen Van Hung also proposed that a three- to five-year visa could be issued on a pilot basis to attract high-end tourists or retirees.
Nguyen Van Hung has repeatedly expressed the hope that the scope of visa exemption can be expanded to promote tourism. According to reports, many Southeast Asian countries are currently using visa-free policies to attract international tourists. For example, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines offer visa-free access to hundreds of countries. Thailand offers visa-free access to more than 60 countries, but Vietnam only offers visa-free access to more than 20 countries.
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Vietnam opened e-visa applications for citizens from all countries and regions in mid-August this year. However, there are many system problems and people continue to complain. Nguyen Van Hung called for the visa application process to be simple, the interface to be easy to operate, and a specific time to notify passengers of the review results.
In the first 10 months of this year, Vietnam received nearly 10 million international tourists, an increase of 4.6 times year-on-year, exceeding the 8 million target set for this year. However, compared with the 18 million visitors before the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic, there is still a long way to go. (Editor: Gao Zhaofen) 1121115