Thailand extends stays for medical tourism

Thu Huong.

Visitors to Thailand from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and China for medical purposes are to enjoy a stay of up to 90 days. The new policy comes into effect from 12July2017. The earlier policy allowed for a 30-day stay. This is a part of a strategy by the Thai government in efforts to turn Thailand into one of the biggest destinations in the World for medical tourism.

Vietnam Myanmar Visa Exemption

By Thu Huong.

Earlier in October 2013, the Governments of Vietnam and Myanmar have signed a pact waiving entry visa for nationals of one country to travel in the other in no more than 14 days.

Online Visas for Vietnam

By Thu Huong.

From 14-Mar-2014, foreign passport holders traveling to Vietnam can obtain a visa within 2 working days by applying online at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam at By applying online, the travellers can also keep track of their visa status.

Vietnam Visa Fees Increase

Vietnam visa fees are increased from 1January2013 compared to earlier, according to Circular 190/2012/TT-BTC issued on 9November2012 amending Circular 66/2009/TT-BTC issued on 30March2009 prescribing the administration of fees related to immigration in Vietnam.

Vietnam Waives Visas for Phu Quoc Island

By Thu Huong.

From 10-Mar-2014, foreign passport holders who travel to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province of Vietnam and whose stay on the island not exceeding 30 days are exempt from visa. If the trip to Phu Quoc Island involves a transit at another international border port of Vietnam by sea or by air, then visas are not required either.

Chileans Exempt from Vietnam Visas

Tieu Quy.

On 31July2012, the Vietnamese Government passed a resolution approving the draft treaty between Vietnam and Chile on waiving visas for holders of valid Chilean passports when entering Vietnam.

Currently, Chile along with Latin American Countries is a new market for Vietnam tourism industry and there are no direct flights between Vietnam and these countries. To travel to Vietnam from South America, the travelers can take flights by Singapore Airlines, Qatar and Emirates.

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