HANOI - The authorities in Vietnam are discussing allowing visa-free entry for two countries located in Asia, years after the social distancing protocols dent a huge blow to the tourism sector.
Vietnam's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, recently highlighted issuing short-term visa waivers for citizens from China and India to spur economic growth through boosting the tourism sector.
The country has opened up to the outside world after the pandemic; however, it only allows citizens from Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Finland to travel to Vietnam without a visa.
Like other countries, Vietnam is also witnessing a surge in tourists from different countries and recorded 10 million arrivals in the first ten months of 2023.
Indian tourists are attracted to popular spots in Vietnam including Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An, and are able to explore the treasures of the country with ease and economy.
Vietnam, nestled in Southeast Asia, is geographically diverse, encompassing lush mountains, fertile deltas, and a stunning coastline along the South China Sea.
With a population of over 97 million, the nation thrives on its rich cultural heritage, featuring a blend of indigenous traditions and influences from Chinese, French, and Southeast Asian cultures.
Its distinctive customs, vibrant festivals, and flavorsome cuisine, including pho and banh mi, reflect the country's cultural tapestry. Annually, Vietnam attracts over 18 million tourists enchanted by its UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Ha Long Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town, and Hue's Imperial City.
Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.
Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.41||36.76|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.54||176.54|
Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.
Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)
|Lahore||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Karachi||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Quetta||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Attock||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Multan||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|