Vietnam planning to extend visa validity for US tourists from 3 months to 1 year
In a bit to attract more visitors from US, the Vietnamese Government is working on the plan to extend the validity of tourist visas for US citizens from three months to one year. The news is reported by Vietnam News Agency.
However, the report did not state any time frame for this action. According to the report, the Tourism Minister, Hoang Tuan Anh, pressed the issue at a meeting with the US State Department on Monday where he said that the country is aiming to bring the annual number of US arrivals to Vietnam to one million by 2017.
Last year US arrivals hit 443,776, up nearly 3 percent from 2013.
Currently, a general tourist visa to Vietnam for US citizens is valid for 30 or 90 days; with single or multiple entries. And there are now two available options for US citizens to obtain a Vietnam visa which is to apply for a visa on arrival via https://visaonlinevietnam.org (if they travel to Vietnam by air) and to apply for a visa at Vietnam embassy.
Between January and July this year, Vietnam attracted 301,907 US tourists.
Tuan Anh also said the United States has become the largest foreign investor in Vietnam’s tourism sector over the last few years.
In fact, Vietnam is easing its visa policy this year. As it tries to boost the tourism sector after consecutive declines in arrivals. It has recently offered visa waivers to five European countries. It has also announced plans to let overseas Vietnamese enter freely without a visa.
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