At the Year-end Vietnam Business Forum 2015 (VBF), Mr Ken Atkinson, representative of Tourism Working Group, appreciated important solutions for the tourism industry, including the waiver of visa for citizens from five European countries and Belarus, its major improvements in online visa application settlement at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and bold breakthrough steps in allowing foreigners to possess residential houses in Vietnam. However, when attractive visa policy has not become a key policy of the Government, its effect cannot be as expected. Currently, Vietnam is applying strict visa policy to foreign visitors from most countries in the world at a relative high cost. This is inhibiting high-spending international travellers from entering Vietnam, said Mr Tomaso Andreatta, Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham). Ms Sherry Boger, Chairwoman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham), said most of the TPP member countries apply specific entry visa policy for entrepreneurs. However, the Immigration Law of Vietnam, amended in June 2014 and brought into effect on January 1, 2015, does not have any reference to TPP. According to this law, US citizens planning to arrive in Vietnam using B-1 or B-2 equivalent visas of the US… Read full this story
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