Vietnam announces long-stay visa

Vietnam announces long-stay visa

Vietnam has become the latest country to waive its 30-day visa in a bid to encourage visitors to stay longer.

The new long-stay visa, which came into effect on August 15, follows Thailand’s move last year to increase the visa free travel period from 30 to 45 days over peak season (October 1 2022 – March 31 2023).

Several other countries in the region have extended visa free policies to attract more visitors, allowing tourists to stay longer than the standard 30 days. These include: Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Brunei, Kong Hong, Fiji and Mauritius.

These countries are hopeful that the new regulations will encourage long-stay travellers tend to spend more in local communities and delve deeper into destinations, travelling off the beaten path.

Youth travellers, backpackers, retirees, digital nomads and those on sabbatical leave are all high quality markets the region is trying to attract.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), UK & Ireland’s Chairman, Chris Crampton, said: “Long-stay visas and visa waivers can have significant benefits: boosting tourism, attracting foreign investment and stimulating economic growth. 

“It is great news that the Vietnamese authorities have extended their visa offerings including visa free travel increasing 3-fold from 15 to 45 days and the e-visa duration increasing from 30 to 90 days. With increased airlift from the UK to Vietnam from October this is a very encouraging and positive step.”

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