Any operator of international tours who only uses internationally accredited tour guides to look after foreigners must lodge a VND250 million security fee rather than the VND500 million previously regulated.
|Any operator of international tours who only uses internationally accredited tour guides to look after foreigners must lodge a VND250 mil security fee. (Photo:KK)|
The money is for compensating clients if a travel firm fails to meet its contractual obligations.
To qualify for the lower fee, the firm must be either a domestic travel business in operation for at least three years, or an international travel business in operation for a minimum of four years.
The new rule is one of many in Prime Ministerial Decision No. 92/2007/ND-CP, which also contains rules pertaining to office openings in Viet Nam by foreign travel companies.
Now, any foreign travel company that wants to open a branch or representative office must have been operational for at least five years and must obtain prior permission from the local authorities.
The head of a branch is barred from heading the representative office of the same company or any other foreign company operating in Viet Nam.
The requirements for obtaining an international tour guide card have also changed slightly; now, tour guides who take care of foreign visitors must not have an infectious disease and must not use addictive substances.
Tour guides who obtained their cards before the decision came into effect can keep using their old cards for two years, after which they will have to satisfy the new requirements.