Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Would you support an ASEAN single visa plan? The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has agreed to implement a single visa plan for tourists visiting the region. The single visa scheme will be similar to the Schengen visa in Europe, which is valid in the Schengen area comprising 22 European Union member states and four non-members. The unified visa system will require foreign tourists to complete a single process for the visa, which will be valid in any of the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region. The single visa scheme will be introduced soon. The most common arguments against the single visa scheme are security concerns and difficulty in immigration management. What do you think about this issue? Do you think the single visa will help improve ASEAN economies and promote tourism in the region? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by … [Read more...] about Would you support an ASEAN single visa plan?
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Tourism officials from Vietnam and four other Southeast Asian countries, all members of the ACMECS bloc, agreed on Wednesday to continue urging their governments to promote convenient travel for tourists, including applying a single visa policy.Hoang Tuan Anh and his counterparts from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar convened at a ministerial retreat in Ho Chi Minh City, where dialogues on easing travel barriers and issuing a single visa topped the agenda. … [Read more...] about Vietnam, four ASEAN nations to move toward single visa policy
The tourism ministers of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar will meet in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday to discuss creating one visa that would enable tourists to travel freely between the five nations. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the 9th International Travel Expo scheduled to be held in Vietnam's southern hub from Sept 12 to 14. Nguyen Van Tuan, chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, told the press that the leaders of the five countries generally support the single-visa policy, and it is just a matter of time before the policy becomes reality. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has tasked the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with researching how the one-visa policy would be implemented, Tuan said. The tourism sector is also planning to ask the government to unilaterally issue visa exemptions to citizens of certain countries, he said. Vietnam, along with Myanmar, has the most complicated … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian tourism ministers to discuss single visa policy
Single visa scheme proposed for five regional nations By Hong Phuc - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - Business executives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have put forward a single visa scheme to facilitate trade and tourism within the five ACMECS countries. ACMECS is short for Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy. Ayeyawady, Chao Phraya and Mekong are rivers which culturally and historically connect these five Southeast Asian countries. The scheme will pave the way for the ACMECS countries to work towards realizing the "Five Countries, One Destination" idea. The foreign ministers and the chairmen of the ACMECS chambers of commerce and industry agreed to proceed with the single visa scheme based on the "Five Countries, One Destination" idea. Hoang Van Dung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the ACMECS Business Council, said if the single visa scheme was in place, business people from ACMECS could apply … [Read more...] about Single visa scheme proposed for five regional nations
ACMECS countries work towards single visa Dao Loan By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – One year after the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) was introduced, high-ranking tourism officials of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar gathered in HCMC on September 10 to discuss simpler transport conditions, a single visa policy and other relevant issues. The five countries have not been able to issue a single visa for their visitors though a step forward was made when Thailand and Cambodia started a pilot scheme to apply a single visa policy to travelers coming from a third country. At the Ministerial Retreat Meeting on ACMECS Tourism Cooperation here in the city last night, senior tourism officials of the five countries agreed on continuing proposing their governments make it convenient for visitors to travel within the bloc, including the use of a single ACMECS visa. The officials also discussed carrying out joint tourism … [Read more...] about ACMECS countries work towards single visa