Whilst countries like Indonesia and Malaysia are working to introduce visa free policies for Chinese tourists, Vietnam has implemented a new law, which will see greater restrictions for the segment. Since 2004, Chinese tourists were allowed to enter Vietnam with entry and exit permits issued by the Chinese government, which would grant them a laissez-passer to travel within the country for 30 days. However, as of 1 January 2015, the 2004 regulation has been superseded by this new Immigration law that stipulates 20 different categories of visas. Chinese tourists will need to apply for a suitable type of visa in order to gain entry as well as pay a fee of US$45 to travel in Vietnam. This move is an attempt by the government to diversify tourism source markets. Following this, Vietnam has also rolled out a new marketing strategy that aims to boost domestic tourism within the country.
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