17:55 | 16/11/2015 Society
(VEN) - Visa fees applied to short-term foreign visitors to Vietnam will be vastly reduced from November 23, 2015, providing a good opportunity for Vietnam to attract more foreign tourists, especially when it officially becomes a member of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of the year.
Vietnam will attract more tourist groups after its visa policy takes effect
Visa fee regulations on short-term foreign visitors to Vietnam have seen substantial changes.
As of November 23, 2015, single entry visas will be cut from US$45 to US$25, visas valid up to three months will decrease from US$95 to US$50, and three to six month visas and annual visas will remain at US$95 and US$135 respectively. In addition, fees for temporary residence permits valid for up to two years will be US$145 and from more than two years up to five years will be US$155.
The fee for a valid visa transferred from an old to new passport will decrease from US$15 to US$5, temporary residency card validity from one year to two years will be increased from US$100 to US$145, and from more than two years to five years will be increased from US$120 to US$155.
Moreover, the amendment and supplement to the contents stated in a visa or a temporary residence card will be free of charge instead of the previous US$10.
These changes have received positive response from local travel companies that are likely to adjust tour prices downwards in the coming time, especially for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) tours.
According to Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu, reducing fees for visas and temporary residence permits is considered as an effort by the government to facilitate the development of the tourism sector, with a view of creating a healthy tourist environment for foreign visitors while attracting more investors in the local tourism development.
Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan said, “We’ll petition the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to consult the government to extend visa exemptions for tourists from the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who have been granted a one-year visa exemption since July 1, 2015.”