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. Photograph 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 steered the federal government contemplate simplifying immigration procedures to draw international vacationers as Vietnam reopened after over two years of border closure, he mentioned in a report submitted to the National Meeting Standing Committee on Tuesday.

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

Although Vietnam reopened tourism and lifted most Covid restrictions, Hung mentioned travel corporations and people working within the tourism business are grappling with difficulties and have probably not benefited immediately from present insurance policies.

The nation welcomed 954,000 international arrivals within the first seven months this 12 months, up 9 occasions year-on-year.

This 12 months, Vietnam targets 5 million international 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.