Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks
Updated : Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:39 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamis one of the countries with the lowest advisory level for safety and securityrisk under the United States` newly-improved travel advisory programme.

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The programme, haslaunched by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, ranked countriesbased on the U.S.' assessment of country's security situation with a four-levelranking system.

Under the new system, everycountry will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1to 4.

Specifically, Level 1 is“Exercise Normal Precautions”; Level 2 “Exercise Increased Caution; Level 3“Reconsider Travel”; and Level 4 “Do Not Travel”.

Excluding Indonesia and thePhilippines, all of the other Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam,were listed in Level 1 – the lowest advisory level for safety and securityrisk.

The UK, France and Chinawere included in Level 2 – Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

Travellers should notvisit countries in Level 4, mainly Middle East and African nations, due to thegreater likelihood of life-threatening risks, according to theU.S. Department of State.

Vietnam received a record12.9 million foreign visitors in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 29.1%. 

Of the total, 10.9 milliontourists arrived by air while 1.8 million people came to Vietnam on land.

About 258,800 visitors cameto the nation by sea. The foreign tourists to Vietnam this year included 9.7million people from Asia, representing a year-on-year increase of 34.4%. 

The country received 1.8million people from Europe, 817,000 people from the U.S., 420,900 visitors fromAustralia, and 35,900 people from Africa, according to the General StatisticsOffice (GSO).

Vietnam expects to attract17 - 20 million foreign visitors and 82 million domestic ones by 2020. 

The countriesset to make tourism a key economic sector by 2020 that creates a drivingforce for the development of other sectors.


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