The government has decided to extend its visa-waiver scheme for visitors from five European countries by another year, effectively rejecting the recent push by industry groups for a wider scope. A post published on the government website said the visa waivers for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will stay available for another year until 30 June 2018. They will be allowed to stay in Vietnam for 15 days.
It remains unclear if the government will choose to consider adding more countries to the visa waiver programme over the course of the next year, before it expires. Vietnam has been offering single-entry visa exemptions to citizens from Western European countries since mid-2015. Arrivals from the markets increased between 10-29% in the first five months compared to the same period last year.