Vietnam continues waiving visas for 5 European countries

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The Vietnamese government has decided to continue waiving visas for citizens of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain in one year starting on July 1, Vietnams tourism watchdog said on Tuesday.

Earlier, Vietnam waived visas for people from the five European countries in one year from July 2015, and extended this policy for another year, said the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Vietnam hosted nearly 5.3 million international arrivals in the first five months of this year, up 29.6 percent against the same period last year. Specifically, the country received 873,400 European visitors, up 23.7 percent.

In the five-month period, Vietnam welcomed 126,400 visitors from Britain, 123,600 from France, and 94,200 from Germany, posting year-on-year rises of 12.7 percent, 10.1 percent and 17.4 percent, respectively, said the administration.

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