In response, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested that visa policies for foreign tourists be reset to how they were before the Covid pandemic.
The move came as foreign tourists wait for an official visa policy announcement with only weeks left before the ‘big day’.
What were the visa conditions before?
Before the pandemic, Vietnam had a robust visa scheme that allowed nationals of Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days visa-free.
Travellers from most ASEAN countries did not require a visa for up to 30 days while the waiver lasted for 21 days for visitors from the Philippines and 14 days for those from Brunei and Myanmar.
Vietnam also granted e-visas to 88 countries allowing travellers to apply online for a 30-day, single-entry visa.
With Vietnam one of the last countries to open, many in the Government strongly support the plans to reopen with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism rallying support to revive the pre-pandemic visa policy.
Vietnam has received almost 50,000 foreign arrivals in the first two months of 2022 as the country partially reopened international tourism.
From March 15, Vietnam is expected to lift most of the travel restrictions and foreign tourists would be allowed to visit the country without booking tour packages, though it's unclear what restrictions will remain.
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