Stricter fines for tourists proposed

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Many fines for tourism violations have been proposed to be included in a draft decision which is being appraised by the Ministry of Justice.

According to the draft decree proposed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, a fine of VND25-30 million (USD1,316-1,363) will be issued to travel agents which did not conform to tour programmes as agreed with their clients. The fine will be applicable to foreigners who come to Vietnam for travelling without permission from Vietnamese authorities.

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A fine of VND35-40 million will be issued for activities benefiting from tourists illegally; touting for tourists and forcing them to buy products. Tour guides who provide inaccurate information about the country’s history, culture and sovereignty will be subject to this fine.

The draft decree also stipulated that visitors whose behaviour disrespects the customs and cultural identity of places they come to will be fined VND1-3 million. Those who do not pay required tourism fees will face this fine.

Travellers will be fined VND3-5 million for behaviour affecting Vietnam’s image and cultural traditions.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the draft decree is aimed to help provide more specific regulations on tourism activities which are not stipulated in Tourism Law and other related decrees.

By The Kha, Dtinews