Vietnam Visa price rise for US Tourists
From August 2016, U.S. citizens entering Vietnam will have to pay $135 for a multi-entry tourist visa which will be valid for 1 year. They will not be able to apply, (as they have done in the past), for a $25, 3 month, single entry tourist visa.
According to diplomatic officials, the U.S. (which presently grants a 1 year validity visa to Vietnamese passport holders) requested the same from Vietnam for U.S. tourists.
Vietnamese policy is now set to grant the 1 year visa at the higher price. However, this will affect many U.S. tourists wanting to only visit for a short time as they will have to pay the higher price regardless.
Tourism contributes more than 5 percent to Vietnam's GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
The Government, in an attempt to attract more tourists, has offered visa exemptions for single entry visas to visitors from some countries such as Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the United Kingdom
Statistics are showing that the number of tourists visiting from the U.S. reached just under 400,000 in the first 8 months of this year. Last year, the number of tourists from the U.S. alone reached half a million. This number is expected to double in the next year.
The new Visa system is supposed to encourage more tourism in Vietnam, but, understandably, tourism operators are concerned that this new policy will have an unfavourable effect on the market.