Might Not Need a Tourist Visa for Vietnam (US/EU citizens)

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Re: Might Not Need a Tourist Visa for Vietnam (US/EU citizen

Post by Sir_Quality_U_Feel » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:02 pm

The only reason I haven't visited Vietnam is because of the visa hassle ( and cost). I would for sure love to spend some long weekends over there versus the same shit here in Cambodia.

Also, why would countries like Sweden, Finland, and Denmark get a visa exempt status? What is the history behind that?
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Re: Might Not Need a Tourist Visa for Vietnam (US/EU citizen

Post by ExPenhMan » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:01 pm

A Danish friend cannot explain it.

But after a little research, I might suggest one reason. The Viet visa-free pacts with Nordic countries came into force in 2005. At that time Thailand was swarming with tourists from all over, but particularly the nationals of the Nordic countries escaping the long winters. I'm guessing VN wanted a little of that winter tourist action. Simple as that. Oh, and the Russians got a free pass in 2009. Overall, Vietnam's tourist arrivals have seen double digit increases year over year so far this year.
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