In a bid to revive its tourism industry, Vietnam dropped visa requirements for tourists from five European countries. Travelers from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not require a visa to visit the Southeast Asian country from July 1 for trips up to 15 days, the Associated Press reported Thursday, citing a Vietnamese government website.
Vietnam currently provides a reciprocal exemption on visas for nine countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It also previously waived off visa requirement for visitors from four Nordic countries, and Russia, Belarus, Japan and South Korea. The country's tourism has taken a hit as arrivals dropped by nearly 13 percent in the first five months of 2015, the AP reported. While 8 million visitors came to Vietnam last year, this year only 3.3 million visitors have traveled to the country so far.