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More Vietnamese nationals abroad receive visa exemption certificates

Over the past few days, the Vietnamese Embassies in the US, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Thailand and Cambodia have presented visa exemption certificates to overseas Vietnamese under the Prime Minister’s Decision 135. All the recipients say visa exemption will help facilitate their travel to the homeland.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, held a ceremony on September 5 to hand over the certificates to two overseas Vietnamese.
In a short interview with a Bangkok-based VOV correspondent Xuan Son, Hoang Thai Quang, who is residing in Suphanburi province, said on hearing the news he had applied for visa exemption and he was surprised that all procedures were cleared in a very short period of time.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Nhay, who was born and grew up in Thailand, said she is happy to receive the certificate.
“We would like to thank the Party and State for creating favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese and those residing in Thailand in particular to enjoy this special treatment. The new decision will help investors like us develop long-term business activities in the homeland, contributing to national development,” said Mrs Nhay.
Mrs Nhay, who is now director of Maneerat Pheud-Phon company specialising in farm product processing, said she has been doing business with her Vietnamese counterparts in the homeland for more than 10 years. With the certificate, she said she will no longer have a waste of time applying for visa.
First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand Nguyen Dang Nghia said the embassy has organised talks with Vietnamese nationals through the Vietnamese Association in Thailand to keep them abreast of necessary procedures for visa exemption.
Head of the Consular Department under the Vietnamese Embassy Nguyen Trung Kien said his department had received dozens of Vietnamese nationals and phone calls from others seeking information about the visa exemption. Department staff gave detailed instructions and asked them to inform others about the PM’s decision.
The Vietnamese Embassy in the US on September 4 granted the visa exemption certificates to the first 20 applicants who are residing in Washington DC and adjacent states. Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien shared the certificate recipients’ joy and encouraged them to make regular contact with their fellow countrymen in the homeland. He also pledged to create the best conditions for Vietnamese nationals in the US to return to Vietnam.
Among the recipients is Nguyen Van Toai, who has resided in Ohio State for more than 20 years and is working for a foreign trade control agency in Washington DC. He said he is happy that the Vietnamese Government has opened wide its doors to overseas Vietnamese like him to return to the homeland. He said visa exemption will make it easier for his family members and other overseas Vietnamese in the US to return home.
The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, presented the visa exemption certificates to the first five applicants.
The Vietnamese Consulate General in Australia on September 3 began providing visa exemption certificates to the Vietnamese nationals residing in the country following the Government's Decision 135 on visa exemption for overseas Vietnamese.
Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Vu Hong Nam stressed that the decision shows the State has paid special attention to creating favourable condition for Overseas Vietnamese people to visit and make contributions to the homeland.
In Berlin, the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany presented its first visa exemption certificates to 12 families of first Overseas Vietnamese residing in the country.
Ambassador Tran Duc Mau said that the Government's decision aims to strengthen links between overseas Vietnamese and their homeland. The Party and State always consider the Overseas Vietnamese community an indispensable part of the country, he added.
Many Overseas Vietnamese people expressed their joy at receiving visa exemption certificates and their appreciation for the Party and State’s open policies towards Vietnamese people living abroad.
The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium also granted visa exemption certificates to nearly 20 outstanding overseas Vietnamese who had made remarkable contributions to Vietnam’s national construction cause. Ambassador Phan Thuy Thanh thanked Overseas Vietnamese people in Belgium for their valuable contributions over the past years and expressed hope that they will continue to contribute to national construction and defence in the homeland.

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