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ASEAN Nations Mull Joint Visa to Boost Tourism

Tourists visiting Southeast Asia will be able to move freely among ASEAN member countries if talks over a single visa policy prove fruitful.

Member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are currently working towards establishing a joint visa for the region in an effort to boost tourism, reports Tuoi Tre.

According to Nguyen Quoc Ky, general director of local tour company Viettravel, most international tourists like to hit many countries in one trip, which would be made easier with the use of one common visa.

Ideas for joint visas between ASEAN countries are not new, as Cambodia and Thailand already implemented one in 2012, granting travelers from 25 countries free movement between them with a visa from either side, reports the Phnom Penh Post.

The common visa, however, was first suggested at the International Tourism Expo in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007, where the hosts were deliberating a joint visa for tourists visiting Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

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