Giving a special boost to tourism between the two nations, a direct flight from Kolkata to Hanoi is set to start from October 3, according to Pham Sanh Chau, Vietnam Ambassador to India.
“Direct Indigo flights between Kolkata and Hanoi will be starting from October 3, this year. We have also launched an online platform for Indian travellers to apply for a visa on arrival,” he told ANI.
“We look forward to working closely with India. India and Vietnam share a special relationship. We are also comprehensive strategic partners. For Vietnam, India is amongst the three countries which enjoy the highest status of the relationship,” he told ANI.
Pham also expressed his pleasure at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s win at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, outlining the steps taken towards the further strengthening of India-Vietnam relations under Modi’s leadership.
“It was three years back when PM Modi came to Vietnam. He decided to uplift the India-Vietnam relationship from a strategic partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership. I believe that the relationship will continue to grow,” he added.
International visitors to Viet Nam in May estimated 1,326,668 arrivals, decrease 9.7% over last month and up 14.3% over the same period last year. Total international arrivals in 5 months reached 7,295,548 arrivals, increase 8.8% over the same period last year.
Indian arrivals to Vietnam
May 2019 (Estimated Arrivals) – 12,376
Accrued for 5 months of 2019 (Arrivals) – 51,193
May 2019 vs, April 2018 (%) – 94.4
May 2019 vs, May 2018 (%) – 118.8
5 months 2019 vs, 5 months 2018 (%) – 95.1