The good news came from Vietnam - the National Tourism Administration extended visa-free regime for a number of countries, including Russia. The decision to extend was made in order to increase the inbound tourist flow. Thus, over the next 3 years Russians will continue to save on a visa traveling to Vietnam.
Earlier, Vietnamese tour operators said that 15 days, during which the country can be in the status of "visa-free", is not enough. They take the initiative to double this term. But, according to the director of the department of advertising and PR of the tour operator Russian Express Anna Filatovskaya, these measures are unnecessary. “For those who want to stay in Vietnam more periods, it’s easy to apply for a 30-day visa right at the airport, which costs $ 25,” she explained.
According to Maria Slughina, deputy general director of the Last Minute Shop network, an extension of visa-free regime was expected. “Demand for Vietnam remains stably high in the winter season. The return of visa regime could lead to a slight drop in sales,” she added.
Statistics confirm her words: for 11 months of this year, 585,6 thousand Russians have visited the Republic - this is the fifth indicator among abroad tourists entering the country.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.