Effective from July 1 UK citizens no longer need to apply for a visa when entering Vietnam, for stays of 15 days or less, facilitating the ease of travel to the country as well as cutting costs.

Visa free travel will be available from July 1 2015 until June 30 2016 and is also available for visitors from France, Germany, Italy and Spain following an announcement at the Mekong Tourism Forum.

Laurence Hicks, managing director at Wendy Wu Tours, said: ‘We are delighted that Vietnam is further opening its doors to UK and EU tourism by relaxing the visa rules. It is a move towards recognition that UK and EU visitors are undeniably valuable to Vietnam’s tourism economy.

We have been growing our Vietnam portfolio for the past few years with seven itineraries as well as tailor made options. Bookings are up year on year for Vietnam bookings underlining the demand for travel to this incredibly beautiful and vibrant country.”

The operator is currently running a special offer on Vietnam bookings, saving £800 per couple. Any customers booking one of the operator’s fully inclusive Vietnam tours will be offered a free two-night Cambodia trip. This includes flights from Vietnam, two-nights’ accommodation in Siem Reap, airport transfers, daily breakfast and a full day tour of Angkor Wat. The offer is in conjunction with Cathay Pacific.

Bookings must be made by July 3 and travel is valid for departures between September 1 2015 and May 31 2016. (some blackout dates apply)

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