Vietnam poised to drop visa requirements for 15 nations

Dick Nguyen
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HANOI — Vietnam will offer more visa exemptions and set up a US$100-million tourism fund to promote the country’s attractions in a bid to reverse a drop in foreign visitors that’s hurting the economy.

"The hassle of getting a visa is seriously hampering Vietnam in attracting tourists," Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the National Administration of Tourism, said in an interview in Hanoi Wednesday. "The application process is easier, faster and more convenient in other countries in the region."

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to offer "unilateral visa exemptions" to countries that have sent high numbers of visitors to Vietnam in recent years, Mr Tuan said, declining to give more details.

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