Visa extension boosts US-Vietnam tourism

16:18 | 13/06/2016 Society

(VEN) - Vietnam boasts having Tam Coc in Ninh Binh Province and En Cave and Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province chosen as locations for the shooting of the Kong: Skull Island, which opens up opportunities for the country to promote its image to the world.

Visa extension boosts US-Vietnam tourism

The Son Doong Cave has attracted international film companies

Some 245,557 Americans visited Vietnam during the first five months of 2016, marking a 14 percent increase over the same period last year. The number is predicted to continue increasing in the coming time as the one-year and multiple-entry visa for Americans will be granted following National Assembly approval.

In the US-Vietnam Joint Statement on the occasion of his visit to Vietnam, US President Barack Obama praised Vietnam for this approval, which would further facilitate bilateral tourism development cooperation while improving the bilateral comprehensive partnership.

According to the US-Vietnam visa agreement, the US and Vietnam will grant the one-year multiple entry visas for Vietnamese or Americans who wish to travel to the US or Vietnam on personal or working purposes while meeting other entry conditions set by each country.

The terms on the entry visa and the entries may be adjusted according to visa regulations and laws enacted in each country, which is considered as more flexible in comparison with the Vietnam Immigration Law 2014 which states that Americans are only granted to a maximum three-month visa without extension.

According to experts, the new visa agreement will save Americans and Vietnamese money and time while further promoting tourism.

Last year, the US sent nearly 492,000 tourists to Vietnam, an increase of 10.7 percent over the previous year, ranking among Vietnam’s top four tourism markets.

Thousands of Vietnamese come to the US every year, especially during the summer, which often sees 30-50 percent increases over other seasons.

In response to the newly reached agreement, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has planned to promote Vietnam tourism on the US-based CNN TV channel. 


Tam Thanh