Vietnam has confirmed an extension of its visa-exemption programme until the end of June 2018.
The existing exemption programme was due to expire this month but will now run until June 30, 2018.
It allows visitors from the UK, and several other countries, to stay for up to 15 days without a visa.
The extension has been applauded by Vietnam’s Tourism Advisory Board, but it also called for the programme to run for five years and allow Europeans a stay of a minimum 30 days, along with multiple entry within that timeframe.
“Tourists now only visit for 15 days. If the visa exemption duration is extended to 30 days, the industry could get of up to $1,500 extra per visitor. The total revenue would increase significantly,” said tour operator director Nguyen Xuan Hai.
When Vietnam began offering single-entry visa exemptions to citizens of Europe, some markets grew by nearly a third.
The Vietnam Tourism Association also recently urged the government to not only extend the visa waiver scheme but to expand it to more countries in Eastern Europe and former Soviet states.
For citizens of various other nations, visa on arrival is also possible with a valid visa approval letter issued by an authorised Vietnamese tour operator such as Asian Trails, which reiterated the strict criteria required for VoA to its travel agency partners.