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Vietnam to exempt visa to all foreign nationals to Phu Quoc from July 1

Khanh Minh Thursday | 05/28/2020 15:20

A corner of Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang province. Photo: Vietnam Tourism Administration

Foreigners will enter Vietnam with visa exemption policy for a 30-day stay from July 1, Vietnam Tourism Administration cited a law on immigration amended in 2019.

The new policy which allows areas with international airports, isolation from the mainland, geographical boundaries to exempt visa to foreigners is expected to boost the island’s tourism and support the virus-hit tourism industry.

The longer visa-free stay for tourists on Phu Quoc Island is a good chance to attract more tourists.

The Phu Quoc island is expected to become a special administrative-economic zone, a high-end entertainment-tourism center, a financial center, and an important transport hub in Vietnam.

Vietnam has suffered 98.2% drop in international arrivals in April, a record low of around 26,200 since the country restricted foreign travelers to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first four months of this year, the country welcomed 3.7 million foreign visitors in, down 37.8% over the same period last year due to the suspension of entry of all foreigners from March 18, according to data from the General Statistics Office.

Vietnam has restarted the economy and is planning to open selected international air routes to revive the tourism industry which was said to have lost $7 billion due to the virus. 

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