Vietnam announced that five European nationalities will have an extension on the visa-free validity period until June 13th, 2021. The visa free-deal to Vietnam was meant to expire this June, and this extension will be the second one after the first scheme was introduced in 2016. The five countries that can continue travelling to the beautiful country of Vietnam visa-free are the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
The visa-free deal to Vietnam allows citizens of these five countries to travel to the Asian country without applying for a visa or any other travel authorization. Executives in the travel industry in Vietnam have had a positive response to the news, as they hope the visa-free deal contributes to boosting tourism from Europe to balance China's dominance over the outbound market. According to the TRWeekly, "Europe's outbound travel markets supplied 843,840 visits to Vietnam during the first four months of the year, an increase of 12.9 percent."
From January to April, there were 118,250 visitors from the UK, an increase of 11.1 percent, meanwhile, visits from Germany amounted to 89,469 visitors, an increase of 8 percent in comparison to the previous year. There were 114,368 visitors from France, representing an 8.6 percent increase. In comparison, the first quarter of the year, China had 1.776,024 tourists.
The visa-free deal to Vietnam
The visa-free deal to Vietnam grants visitors a stay of up to 15 days. For stays longer than a 15-day period, travellers are required to apply for an online visa for Vietnam. This electronic visa allows citizens of 40 eligible countries to travel to Vietnam for up to 30 consecutive days. The single entry visa should be requested online at least 48 hours before the departure date.
In February 2017, the Vietnamese government launched the electronic system allowing eligible travellers to obtain the visa by completing an online form with their personal details and passport information. The e-visa carries a fee but it simplifies the visa application process for nationals of several countries.
Tourism in Vietnam has become an important component of its economy. In 2012, the country received more than 6.8 million foreign visitors. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has implemented a long-term plan to diversify the industry and attract more visitors.
Vietnam offers visitors multiple possibilities. The country's biodiversity is admirable and travellers can explore the islands and national parks, practice water sports, and get to know the locals. Though it has a painful history, Vietnam has a fascinating culture that is both complex and diverse. Some of its top attractions include Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Hang Son Doong National Park, Imperial Enclosure, and Son my Memorial.
The country counts with a wide range of accommodations for all kinds of budgets. It is advised that before planning a trip, the traveller revises the entry requirements for their country of origin and takes the time to apply for the adequate travel authorization if it's so required by the government of Vietnam.