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Vietnam waives visas for UK travellers until June 2018

The government of Vietnam has announced that it has extended its visa exemption programme for UK passport holders for another year. The policy, which was first introduced in 2015, applies to British, French, German, Spanish and Italian nationals, and it will allow visitors to take single-entry stays in the South East Asian country for up to 15 days, and will be valid until June 2018.

Vietnam waives visas for UK travellers until June 2018

UK travellers visiting Vietnam for short periods will not require a visa, after the government of Vietnam announced it will be extending its visa exemption programme. The policy is valid for British, French, Spanish German and Italian passport holders.

The scheme is valid for travellers visiting Vietnam for a single-stay of up to 15 days, and will last until June 2018. It has been extended year on year after it was first introduced in 2015, allowing travellers to save time on visa applications when visiting the South East Asian country.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recorded more than five million international visitors to the nation in the first five months of 2017. This was a 26.8 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

The World Travel & Tourism Council expects Vietnam’s annual tourism revenues to increase by another six per cent between 2017 to 2027, to VND398,329 billion (US$17.9 billion). Tourism is now one of Vietnam’s vital sources of revenue, and there are several new hotel developments under way, adding more rooms to the nation, particularly within the luxury sector.

The Tourism Advisory Secretariat Board in Vietnam has suggested the government adds six more countries to the visa exemption list to encourage more travellers to visit the nation. These include Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, and Switzerland. The board also recommends that the current 15-day period should be increased to 30 days. At present, travellers from Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines can enjoy visa-free travel to Vietnam.

The destination has become popular over recent years, and the government, who once kept Vietnam off-limits to foreign visitors, is now encouraging international tourists to explore the nation which is rich in culture, heritage and beautiful landscapes. Vietnam Airlines is the only airline to offer direct non-stop flights between the UK and Vietnam, and it offers daily flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

The seahorse-shaped country in South East Asia was once occupied by the Chinese and French, and it has a rich history. Home to beautiful landscapes including soft sandy beaches, rolling emerald hills, mountains and winding rivers, the nation is hotspot for nature lovers. The country’s attractions include Marble Mountains, Phu Quoc Island, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. 

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