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Ho Chi Minh City expects longer visa exemption for European countries

According to the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City, the 15-day visa exemption for Europeans is not enough for visitors to explore Vietnam. Therefore, the city tourism department has asked the tourism ministry for extending the waiver period for every visitor from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany to come on longer tours in Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular.

Based on the statistics of many travel companies in Vietnam, European tourists usually book package tours across Vietnam or Indochina tours that combine Vietnam with Laos and Cambodia. Therefore, all of them need more than 15 days for their stay in Vietnam. Absolutely, a valid Vietnam Visa must be required.

In order to amid a sharp drop in foreign visitors, Vietnam has recently released a new policy waiving visas for nationals from the five countries since July 1st, 2015. But travel agents said the government is only “opening half the door” by requiring them to renew their visa for a high fee and complicated procedure if they want to stay longer than 15 days. Additionally, this new visa exemption policy only taking effect for one year does not allow agents in Vietnam to make long-term holidays for Europeans. Therefore, a proposal on extending longer visa exemption for European countries is expected to come into real.

Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 2.16 million foreign arrivals during the first half of this year, up 3 percent year-on-year even as the country’s overall arrivals dropped 11.3 percent to 3.8 million.

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