They are currently allowed to stay for only 15 days per visit and have to wait for at least 30 days before the next entry.The government has ordered the tourism ministry to propose a list of more countries that Vietnam should waive tourist visa requirements, particularly countries with “high tourism potentials or having strategic partnership with Vietnam.”
Tourism authorities earlier urged the government to waive tourist visa requirements for France, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.
A survey conducted by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) found that Western European visitors often spend a lot of money while those from Australia and New Zealand often visit during traditional low holiday seasons.
Vietnam’s tourism earnings hit $11.76 billion last year but there have been concerns over significant drops in the number of foreign arrivals this year.
Under a regional agreement, Vietnam also offers a 30-day visa waiver for tourists from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, except for those from Brunei who receive a 14-day waiver.