Vietnam to give free travel visa for visitors from 5 European countries

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed a decision on granting visa exemption to those who are living in five European countries to revive tourism industry,  Viet Nam Administration of Tourism Director Nguyen Van Tuan announced  this morning at the ongoing Mekong Tourism Forum in the central Da Nang City on June 18.

Foreign tourists visits Ho Chi Minh City (Photo:KK)

Travelers from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not require a visa to visit Vietnam from July 1.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the forum, since 2002, the number of tourists to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has increased continuously with an average growth rate of 12 percent per year.  In 2014, the GMS welcomed 54 million int’l arrivals, increasing 8.2% over 2013, accounting for 20% of the total number of tourists to the Asia – Pacific, with total revenue of 61 billion USD.

By Nguyen Hung – Translated by Kim Khanh

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