The trade has welcomed news that UK visitors to Vietnam will be able to stay in the country for 45 days without a visa, saying it will allow for more immersive trips and boost bookings to the destination.

A new visa policy was approved by the Vietnamese government on June 24 to allow three-month multiple entry visas from August 15, 2023, for UK passport holders.

Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Danish, Japanese and South Korean passport holders will also be exempt for 45 days under the change.

Previously, visitors from these countries could only stay visa-free for 15 days.

The Vietnamese authorities have also increased the duration of travel allowed under its e-visas from 30 to 90 days, allowing Brits to travel beyond the 45 visa waiver period.

InsideAsia was one of the first tour operators to welcome the news.

Charlotte Bower, senior southeast Asia product executive, said the move was good news for clients wanting a longer, more immersive trips.

“We are wholly welcoming of the move which will allow our customers longer, more meaningful cultural adventures to this beautiful country,” she said, adding: “A longer trip will allow people to get deeper into what makes Vietnam so good.

“Although we tailor trips to suit time frames, the visa waiver extension will allow for a better quality of cultural adventure to get deep into rural Vietnam, life on the Mekong, experience the cities and some time on the beach too.”

The operator’s new UK trade manager added that the news would make travel to Vietnam easier and “more fulfilling” for agents and their clients.

Luxury travel consultant Harry Wales, of Travelosphers By Harry Wales, said the extension would benefit his business. Vietnam is one of his agency’s top selling destinations.

“This is fantastic news for both UK citizens and the travel industry as a whole,” he said, adding: “This now allows my clients to design more comprehensive and immersive travel packages.  My clients now have the opportunity to explore Vietnam’s rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities at a more relaxed pace.”

Experience Travel Group managing director Sam Clark predicted sales growth to Vietnam as a result of the policy change.

“Removing barriers to travel is the most effective way of boosting demand to any country,” he said, adding: “There is so much to see and experience in Vietnam – many of our customers stay 3 weeks or even more exploring all that Vietnam has to offer.”

Wendy Wu head of trade sales Gary King also applauded the move as sales for Vietnam continued to rise. The operator has increased the number of departures for river cruises in Vietnam by almost 30% for 2024 compared to last year.

He said: “This is fantastic news for travellers and comes at a time when holidays to Vietnam are booming. Being able to offer longer stays to Vietnam is such positive news for the industry, and a clever move by the Vietnamese government to attract more tourism.”

Hazel McGuire, Intrepid Travel’s UK & Ireland general manager, said the operator was also already seeing increased interest in Vietnam.

“This extension will encourage travellers to stay longer in Vietnam, explore new destinations off the tourist trail, and really immerse themselves in the country. Vietnam has so much to offer away from its popular spots too – like a homestay in a local village in Da Bac where you can get a firsthand look at local life,” she said.

Tokyo Transport Guide

Tokyo has developed a dense network of metro, train and bus lines that serve the Greater Tokyo area. As Tokyo is a very busy city, the public transport is the best way to get around the city. With the multilingual signage and instructions, the public transport is very accessible for tourists.

The rail network dominates the public transport in Greater Tokyo. There are several companies which operate the most extensive rail network in the world. The 13 metro lines cover central Tokyo, especially the area inside the Yamanote circle, around Ginza and east of the loop line. The busiest stations are Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station and Shibuya Station.

JR East is the largest railway company in the world. It provides most of the railway traffic in Tokyo, as well as, to other destinations in Japan. There are several other companies that provide commuter train service to the nearby area. The Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is fast train service that connects the major cities in Japan. The travel time from Osaka/Kyoto to Tokyo is about three hours.

The bus network is not heavily used in the city centre. It's more convenient for places outside the central area. They are not as frequent as the trains, but they are a good alternative if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) is the main one serving Greater Tokyo. It is located on the border between Narita and Shibayama, around 60 km from Tokyo. There are regular train, bus, taxi and private airport transfer services to Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Narita Airport is served by express and commuter trains. Narita Express is connected to Tokyo Station via the Narita and Sobu lines. The suburban JR rapid service train follows the same route to Tokyo Station with several intermediate stops which makes the travel time longer. Keisei provides train services to central Tokyo and the suburbs, as well.

Regular bus services run from Tokyo Narita Airport to the Tokyo City Air Terminal, major hotels and railway stations in the Greater Tokyo Area. Buses are generally slower than trains because of the traffic conditions. An overnight bus service to Kyoto and Osaka is available, as well.

The airport taxi service in Tokyo is fast and reliable. They charge by the meter and additional charges may apply for night rides.

To stay away from the crowds, it's best to book a private Tokyo Narita airport transfer with us. Our premium service includes a door-to-door airport transfer in comfortable and luxury vehicles at fixed cost. The English-speaking driver will meet you at the arrivals gate and take you directly to your hotel, and we hope you enjoy the airport transfer from Tokyo Narita Airport to Tokyo city centre.

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) is the second one that serves Greater Tokyo. It is located closer to the city centre, around 14 km. There are regular train and bus lines that run to Tokyo. The latest prices for a private airport taxi from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Tokyo city centre are on the link.

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