As Vietnam aims to restart inbound tourism after nearly two years of lockdown, the government agreed on Tuesday to resume its unilateral visa exemption program for people of 13 countries.
Citizens of Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will be able to visit Vietnam without a visa for up to 15 days, regardless of passport type or reason of entrance.
Prior to the epidemic, Vietnam had a unilateral visa-free policy for these 13 nations, which were the country’s most important tourism markets. For up to 30 days, visitors from most other ASEAN nations do not need a visa. Visitors from the Philippines received a 21-day waiver, while visitors from Brunei and Myanmar received a 14-day waiver.
Citizens of 80 countries were also issued e-visas, which allowed them to apply for 30-day single entry visas. Since March 2020, Vietnam has blocked incoming tourism and stopped issuing visas to international visitors
The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has repeatedly requested that the government reinstate the visa rules that existed before to the outbreak.
Since November last year, when Vietnam partially reopened international tourism, the country has attracted over 10,000 foreign visitors.
The nation has declared that most travel restrictions would be lifted starting March 15, when foreign visitors will be able to come without having to buy tour packages.