TRAVEL experts hope Vietnam’s visa waiver for five European countries will be made permanent after the successful scheme was extended for another year.
The Vietnamese government has announced the extension of visa exemptions until June 30, 2017 for tourists from the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany for single-entry stays of 15 days or less.
The move was introduced as a one-year scheme in July 2015 to boost tourists from these countries.
“This is a welcome move because we need the support from these five European countries to increase arrivals to Vietnam” said Robert Tan, co-founder and business development director of Lac Hong Voyages.
Having seen more guests from the European countries since the regulation was introduced, Khiri Vietnam country manager Florencia Allo Moreno believes the number will continue to rise.
Said Moreno: “We hope this could be a permanent exemption as travelers from these countries are really interested in travelling to Vietnam, and an easy immigration process is always a positive thing.”
Vincent Tran, marketing manager for Minor Hotels Vietnam, agrees that the visa-free policy makes the destination more attractive to foreign visitors.
“With many of our guests coming from overseas, we fully support the decision and look forward to seeing more countries included in the visa-free list,” he added.