Vietnam to exempt visas for overseas Vietnamese and their family

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A family of overseas Vietnamese arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport during their home visit for the Lunar New Year festival in 2014. Photo credit: Zing News A family of overseas Vietnamese arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport during their home visit for the Lunar New Year festival in 2014. Photo credit: Zing News

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Vietnamese living overseas and their foreign spouses and children may be able to visit Vietnam without a visa soon.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, also the foreign minister, recently instructed the Ministry of Public Security to complete a regulation that facilitate visits of Viet kieu and their immediate family members.
The ministry is given until August 15 to finish drafting the rule and submit it to the government, according to a Dan Tri report.
Overseas Vietnamese will only need to confirm with visa agencies that they are of Vietnamese origins and they will receive a visa-waiver certificate.
The new rule reportedly aims to cash in on the high spending of Viet kieu and is an attempt to solve the decline in tourist arrivals since last year.
Vietnam’s government has been opening arms to overseas Vietnamese through various policies, including the new Housing Law that allows them to buy houses in Vietnam without any restriction from July 1.

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