Need more open visa policy to attract international tourists to Vietnam

However, the number of international tourists to Vietnam is still limited. The whole country has just welcomed more than 733,000 international visitors, reaching 15% of the plan to welcome 5 million international visitors this year and only 8% compared to the same period in 2019.

The whole tourism industry is actively implementing solutions to attract international visitors, because the peak season for international tourism in our country usually lasts from September this year to the end of May next year. However, many management units, tourism and travel businesses have the opinion that our country’s visa policy still needs to be more open.

A report from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shows that unilateral visa exemption policies and electronic visa issuance have been implemented, but competition is still low. The visa-free period according to the current Immigration Law is 15 days, which is not suitable for the long-stay needs of 3-4 weeks of international tourists from distant markets such as Europe, North America, Australia…

Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa proposed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to propose the Government to direct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consider expanding visa-exempt countries and territories. current e-visa policy; restore the issuance of visas at the border gate for a number of cases where guests have urgent need to enter Vietnam. In addition, visitors to Vietnam with COVID-19, receiving treatment on the spot, after recovering from the disease, want to leave Vietnam, it is also necessary to simplify procedures and implement electronic visa issuance for these cases. The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism also thinks that it is necessary to extend the temporary stay period for international visitors to Vietnam from 15 to 30 days from the date of entry.

Sharing the same view on this issue, Mr. Nguyen Thien Phuc, Product Manager of Vidotour Indochina Travel, said: “In fact, international visitors to Vietnam in recent months have increased compared to 2021, but compared to 2019 compared to 2019. still down 92%. Tourism and travel businesses are in dire need of a more open visa policy, removing the “bottlenecks” in visa issuance, especially speeding up and promoting the issuance of e-visas to create the most favorable conditions for tourists. international visitors to Vietnam. Because the more visitors come, the longer the stay, the higher the revenue of the tourism industry.

Nguyen Thien Phuc shared: In addition to the visa policy, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) together with ministries, sectors, businesses and people need to develop a national communication strategy for the country. tourism in promotion, advertising and attracting tourists in the coming time. The issue of supplementing human resources, qualified workers in the tourism industry is also essential in the current period to best meet the needs of tourists.

Currently, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Tourism Development Support Fund, in collaboration with businesses, airlines and destinations, have planned to organize promotions to quickly recover the international tourist market to Vietnam. , focusing on markets such as Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe…

Specifically, Vietnamese tourism will participate in the JATA International Tourism Expo (JATA Tourism Expo) in Japan from September 22-25. This is the leading international tourism fair in the region, focusing on attracting Japanese tourists, one of the leading markets of Vietnam’s tourism. Next is the World Travel Market (WTM) in the UK from November 7-9. This is also the world’s leading major international travel fair, gathering major partners from all over the world. Besides, there are festivals and programs to introduce Vietnam tourism in key markets (Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, North America, Australia…).

Domestically, Vietnam’s tourism will be introduced at the ITE HCMC International Travel Expo (International Travel Expo) in Ho Chi Minh City from September 8-10. After that, the Greater Mekong Subregion tourism promotion program within the framework of the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) took place in Hoi An, Quang Nam from October 9-14.