According to the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, a liberal visa policy which facilitates favorable travel for tourists is one of the most important factors to attract international tourists to promote economic growth, air transport and tourism development. Therefore, the two ministries have submitted necessary documents suggesting free exemption for tourists from France, Germany, England, Spain, Italia, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Canada. In particular, tourists from Western Europe are capable of high spending and long stay. While Australia and New Zealand are potential markets that bring revenue for tourism companies in low season. Canada is listed in the top 15 countries in possession of most tourists visiting Vietnam. India with large population size is considered as an important point market of Vietnam tourism.
Currently, Vietnam is applying visa-exemption policy within 30 days for tourists from ASEAN countries (apart from Brunei, within 14 days) and within 15 days for tourists from 7 countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Korea and Russia. The visa-exemption policy has actively contributed to the development of Vietnam tourism. The number of tourists visiting Vietnam from 7 aforementioned countries accounts for 40 to 50 percent of international tourists to Vietnam. In particular, Korea and Japan are always listed in the top 3 markets of Vietnam travel.
According to figures from the General Statistic Office, tourists visiting Vietnam spend averagely from $ 1,200 to $ 2,500, depending on markets and types of tourism. Thus, an increase in the number of international tourists will bring direct economic growth greatly larger than benefits from the visa fee which costs $ 45 per tourist and is valid for 1 time. In addition, consumption of international tourists in Vietnam will raise the income of private sector and taxes contributed to the public sector as well as promoting the development of ancillary products such as transport, food, crafts … which will create jobs and other social benefits for the community.
It is expected that the visa-exemption policy of Vietnam will increase the number of tourists visiting ASEAN to 6 or 10 million in 2016. This increase can bring $ 7 to 12 billion to the economy and create 333,000 to 654,000 jobs in 2016. In particular, Vietnam can increase the number of foreign tourists from 8 to 18 % if the policy granting visa at the border and e-visa are implemented. In the competitive context like nowadays, Vietnam should facilitate the procedures of granting, exempting and extending visa for tourists to promote tourism and economic growth by applying policies of granting visa for tourists at the border or though e-visa.