Proposal to repeal strange regulations on Vietnam visas

Posted by Visa-Vietnam.Org.Vn on Dec 14, 2019

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Proposal to repeal strange regulations on Vietnam visas

The Ministry of Public Security has just published the second draft of the Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam. The notable point of this bill is the proposal to abolish the regulation "every single entry must be at least 30 days from the previous departure date from Vietnam".

Quitting because it causes many troubles

Ministry of Public Security explained: The regulation that foreigners (NNN) who enter the country on unilateral visa exemption must be at least 30 days prior to the time of Vietnam 's exit to limit the situation that the state will take advantage of this policy to work, but they do not comply with the law on labor.

However, many opinions of agencies, organizations, and individuals said that the above regulation made it difficult for the foreigner to enter Vietnam to travel unilaterally on a visa-free basis, then they had to go to a third country and back to Vietnam to continue traveling.

“Therefore, it is necessary to study and amend the regulations on conditions for NNN to enter the country on a unilateral visa exemption basis. Specifically, it is recommended to replace the above rule with the regulations of the NNN on the unilateral entry of visa exemption, the passport must be valid for at least six months' - the drafting committee proposed.

Before that, many experts and tourism companies strongly protested that "every entry must be at least 30 days from the previous exit from Vietnam" because it is a very strange regulation that only Vietnam has. It is this unreasonable regulation that makes it difficult for international tourists to travel to Vietnam and then fly to Laos and Cambodia, then want to return to Vietnam to continue touring. Because if they are only 15, 20 or 29 days away from their first departure, they will not be allowed to enter Vietnam.

Sharing with Ho Chi Minh City Law, a representative of the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Council (TAB) said: “We see no benefit or value in limiting tourists coming back to Vietnam within 30 days. This barrier should be lifted to encourage tourists traveling by air to select Vietnam as a transshipment hub for flights to Europe and Australia ”.

Agreeing with the same opinion, Ms. Truong Thi Thu Giang, Deputy Director of Marketing Board of Vietravel Tourism Company, said it is reasonable to remove this clause. When this regulation is removed, visitors in countries exempted from visas will easily choose Vietnam as a transit point for their journeys.

“For example, guests can fly from Ho Chi Minh City then to Phnom Penh, Bangkok and then return to Hanoi, Da Nang, Phu Quoc ... to continue traveling and taking the flight back home. This contributes to promoting foreign visitors to Vietnam and also contributes to creating favorable conditions for individuals and businesses to easily enter Vietnam for business reasons without having to wait 30 days later to be able to enter Vietnam. continue to enter the current way ”- Ms. Giang shared.

Proposal to extend the length of stay

Director of Xunaco Tour Pham Van Du assessed that it is progressive and open to cancel the rule that does not allow guests who have been exempted from visa to return within 30 days. However, he said that if Vietnam wants to attract more visitors from the European market and high-spending guests, it is necessary to increase the temporary stay for tourists. The reason is that currently tourists to countries are usually exempted from visas within 30 days, Vietnam mainly exempt visas for tourists in only 15 days.

“European tourists can visit Vietnam then fly to Laos and Cambodia to travel and then return to Vietnam. They need a long time from three weeks to 30 days or more, not just the current 15 days, ”said Mr. Du.

Besides, according to Mr. Pham Van Du, in order for Vietnam's tourism industry to compete with other countries in the region, the ministries and branches continue to exempt visas for more countries. Due to the fact that Vietnam has visa-free status quite a few compared to other countries in the region, Thailand has exempted visas for more than 60 countries.

Sharing the same view, Dr. Pham Trung Luong, former Deputy Director of the Tourism Development Research Institute, assessed that the revised bill was more open than current regulations. However, it is better to extend the stay for tourists in Vietnam for longer than one month in order to create the best conditions for guests with reasonable and legal needs.

“In principle, the length of stay allowed for visa-free guests is as long as possible. Because guests will have the opportunity to experience many tourist destinations at the destination as well as a long vacation combined with healing ”- Mr. Luong analyzed.

The Vietnam Tourism Advisory Council has also asked the Government to apply a visa exemption program to 5 or 10 years to avoid disturbance to tourists, instead of extending each year as currently. In addition, the visa exemption period extends from the current 15 days to 30 days to attract visitors from remote markets because they are often high-spending tourists.

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