Visa waivers are used by many countries to attract tourists, but Vietnam has chosen to pursue a strict visa policy. Vietnam received 13 million foreign travelers in 2017 Reports show that complicated procedures and high visa fees are the major reasons behind the loss of billions of dollars in revenue in many countries. A report from the EU Parliament says the harsh visa policy may cause the loss of 250,000 jobs and 12.6 billion euros ($13.8 billion) to the EU economy. A British tourism expert estimates that because of difficulties in obtaining visas, $200 million worth of revenue from foreign travelers may fall into the hands of countries which apply loose visa policies, such as Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. Vietnam is failing to attract travelers from many markets because of security reasons and fear of loss of revenue from visa fees. The fee to obtain a visa to Vietnam is at least $25. With 13 million foreign travelers to Vietnam in 2017, including travelers from ASEAN countries which enjoy visa waivers, the amount of visa fees is not that high. Ngo Minh Duc, a member of the Tourism Advisory Council, commented that by continuing the harsh visa policy, Vietnam is… Read full this story
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