Vietnam, Qatar seek visa exemption for tourists

Vietnam, Qatar seek visa exemption for tourists

A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off from Hamad Worldwide Airport in Doha, Qatar, January 11, 2021. Picture by Reuters/Ibraheem Al Omari

Vietnam and Qatar on Monday agreed to work towards exempting visas for peculiar passport holders to spice up tourism between the nations.

At a gathering in Hanoi on Monday, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani agreed to hurry up the signing of a mutual settlement on visa exemption, Vietnam Authorities Portal reported.

Earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic, round 1,000 vacationers from Qatar visited Vietnam yearly.

Sheikh Mohammed stated Vietnam stays a sexy vacation spot for Qatari traders and vacationers and pledged to advertise cooperation between the 2 nations in numerous fields together with tourism.

Vietnam at present presents visa exemption for twenty-four tourism markets, together with Japan, South Korea and Western European nations.

Vietnam allowed quarantine-free entry from March 15 and welcomed 954,000 overseas arrivals within the first seven months this 12 months, up 9 occasions year-on-year.

The nation hopes to welcome 5 million overseas arrivals this 12 months, round 30 p.c of pre-pandemic ranges.