HANOI - Vietnam would be relaxing visa requirements to attract more visitors to the country that has multiple tourists hotspots.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered officials to relax visa requirements as hiccups in obtaining tourist visas hinder globetrotters across the world from visiting the country.
In 2022, less than 3.7 million foreign travelers landed in the country known for street food, a long coastline dotted with beaches and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay.
The premier has now instructed his cabinet to amend immigration procedures, including offering more visa waivers, increasing the length of stays for foreign tourists with reasonable fees and expanding the
country’s e-visa program.
At present, Vietnam has granted visa waivers to visitors from 13 nations who can stay in the country for 15 days. On the other hand, tourists from nine Asean countries can stay in the country visa-free for as long as 30 days.
Vietnam’s ministry of tourism vows that a more relaxed visa policy is pivotal to drawing more international tourists and in this regard, the country targets attracting eight million foreign tourists this year.
Before the pandemic disrupted routine life across continents, the country reported a record of more than 18 million international tourists in 2019.
There has been efforts across the globe to attract more and more tourists after the Covid restrictions have been lifted by countries. Recent statistics show that the hotel occupancy rates have shot up primarily because social distancing protocols have been removed. The aviation industry is also rebounding on the heels of 'unofficial ending of Covid 19'. Recently, China also started issuing all types of visas, 3 years after the pandemic shut the country to the tourists and students.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.
On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Karachi||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Quetta||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Attock||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Multan||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|