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Vietnam considers relaxing visa policy to attract tourists

The Vietnamese government is contemplating the idea of relaxing visa regulations to increase the influx of foreign tourists into the country. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has instructed his cabinet to revise the policies concerning immigration procedures, including extending the duration of stays for foreign tourists by charging reasonable fees, expanding the country's e-visa programme, and providing more visa waivers. Due to the challenging process of obtaining a tourist visa, Vietnam has experienced difficulties attracting international travellers post-pandemic. The ministry of tourism believes that a more lenient visa policy is crucial for increasing international tourism. Local tourism agencies have suggested that the duration of stays be extended up to 45 days. Vietnam's objective for the year is to attract eight million foreign tourists, while the country recorded a record of more than 18 million international tourists in 2019.

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