Vietnam extends visa waiver for nationals of eight countries


HO CHI MINH CITY (ANN): Vietnam will extend visa waivers for citizens of Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belarus until Dec 31,2022, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has announced.

A resolution passed at the Government regular meeting for November said citizens of these eight countries need not apply for a visa regardless of passport type if the duration of their stay does not exceed 15 days.

The visa exemption for these countries, first introduced in 2015, would have expired at the end of this year.

Russia, South Korea and Japan are top source markets for Vietnam’s tourism sector, according to the tourism administration.

South Korea and Japan are the second and third largest markets behind China.

Last year, the number of South Koreans visiting Vietnam rose by 44% to nearly 3.5 million.

The number of Japanese visitors was 800,000, up 3.6%.

Vietnam received nearly 16.3 million foreign visitors in the first 11 months of the year, up 15.4% year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office. — Vietnam News/Asia News Network

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