A policy to grant a 30-day visa exemption for foreign passport holders visiting Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the southern province of Kien Giang, has been effective since 10 March.
The island located off the southwest tip of Vietnam is very close to the Cambodian border and visited by cruise ships on their way to Hong Kong.
Visa exemption is also applicable to foreigners, who are in transit at an international border gate in Vietnam (including by air or by sea) and are heading for Phu Quoc Island.
The visa policy is expected to transform the destination into a national and international hi-end holiday spot. One of the targets is long-stay visitors, wealthy Chinese who are keen to own second homes in neighboring countries.