January 19, 2023
According to the General Department of Statistics of Vietnam, the estimated number of overseas visitors to Vietnam in 2022 was 3,661,200, up 24.3 times from the previous year. However, the number of visitors fell short of the government's target of 5 million.
Looking at the number of visitors by country, the top three countries were South Korea with 965,400, the United States with 318,200, and Thailand with 202,200. Japan ranked sixth with 174,700.
By month, the number of cases was 41,740 in March, but it increased steadily thereafter, reaching 707,071 in December (see attached data and figures). However, compared to before the new coronavirus pandemic, there were 18 million annual visitors in 2019, while the 2022 results are only one-fifth of that number.
Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has set a target of attracting 110 million tourists in 2023, including both international (8 million) and domestic (102 million) travelers, and tourism revenue of about 650 trillion dong (about 3.64 trillion yen; 1 dong = about 0.0056 yen).
Prime Minister orders review of visa policy for foreign visitors.
Vietnam's overseas visitor numbers have been sluggish compared to those of its Southeast Asian neighbors such as Thailand, and the country has lagged behind in tourism recovery. according to several local newspapers dated January 9, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security to review the current visa policy for foreign visitors, including simplifying the online electronic visa issuance process. The Prime Minister instructed the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security to review the current visa policy in order to facilitate the entry of foreign tourists, including simplifying the process of issuing electronic visas online.
Also, at a government conference on the restoration of post-colonial international tourism held in December, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung proposed that the government extend the visa-free stay period for foreign visitors to 30 days and issue them with an allied visa upon entry to the country. At the same meeting, PM Chin requested the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to complete the plan to attract foreign tourists and have it approved by the government by the end of January.