As a new decision made by the Prime Minister of Vietnam, from March 10, 2014 foreigners and Vietnamese who hold foreign passports can enjoy visa exemption for stays of less than 30 days on Phu Quoc Island. In addition, foreigners who travel to Vietnam via either an international airport or an international port and them come to Phu Quoc Island can also enjoy the visa exemption policy.
So, the length of stay in Phu Quoc without a visa has doubled with this new decision compared to the decision issued in 2005. It contributes to boosting the island’s tourism and heap praise from travel firms.
This is also a good news for many travel agents which operate in taking foreign travelers to Phu Quoc Island. This is a very good chance for them to attract more and more tourists. However, many express concerns over the insufficient accommodation for tourists on the island.
Therefore, to have more tourists Phu Quoc needs to accelerate investments in infrastructure, services and hotels so that travel firms can have sufficient rooms with good prices to be offered to tourists.
Under Kien Giang Province’s overall socioeconomic development planning until 2020, Phu Quoc Island will become a special administrative-economic zone, a high-end entertainment-tourism center, a financial center and an important transport hub in 2020.
Phu Quoc Island is forecast to welcome 2-3 million tourists per year in 2020, with international tourists accounting for 35-40%. The respective figures in 2030 will be 5-7 million and 45-50%.
According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, around 548,000 tourists came to Phu Quoc in last year’s January-October period, up 27.8% year-on-year.