[Thanh Nien News, 14 May 2015.] In an article titled, Vietnam lets visa-free tourists stay longer, may add more countries to waiver list, Thanh Nien news is reporting that, soon, Australian tourists may not require visas.

An edited extract of the article is reproduced below.

Foreign tourists who are already exempt from visa requirements will be allowed to extend their stay in Vietnam to up to 30 days, instead of 15 days…

Tourists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Russia and South Korea are eligible for Vietnam’s visa waiver policy…

The government has ordered the tourism ministry to propose a list of more countries that Vietnam should waive tourist visa requirements, particularly countries with “high tourism potentials or having strategic partnership with Vietnam.”

Tourism authorities earlier urged the government to waive tourist visa requirements for France, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.

A survey conducted by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) found that Western European visitors often spend a lot of money while those from Australia and New Zealand often visit during traditional low holiday seasons.

Vietnam’s tourism earnings hit $11.76 billion last year but there have been concerns over significant drops in the number of foreign arrivals this year…

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