ASEAN countries, we all know are enjoying the pleasure of visa free or visa exemption requirement when their citizens travel within the countries members of ASEAN. Being a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations, we no longer have to make an appointment to secure a visa before visiting a fellow ASEAN country.
The tourism board of ASEAN has started to establish a common visa or single visa for non ASEAN countries since last year and this visa-free policy is expected to be completed soon. Oh, i hope it will be very soon.
The ASEAN common visa aims to have a single visa for countries listed in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It means that the visa holder can travel all the countries of ASEAN using one single visa. Having the ASEAN single visa is just like the famous Schengen visa which was established for European countries.
What are the benefits of the ASEAN single visa?
Non ASEAN countries will have the benefits of saving time and money from securing visa prior to their visits to any ASEAN country. You can avoid the hassles, and expenses you would meet in obtaining individual visas for each country. It can attract more tourists to visit as much as countries under the ASEAN. People around the world can see the beautiful places in Southeast Asia just using one single visa. It can also increase employment, jobs and businesses all over the counties of ASEAN team.
Apparently, with the ASEAN single visa, the list of countries you can travel is below. Updated members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
While the establishment of the ASEAN single visa is still in the oven, isn’t it amazing to visit all the counties listed above using just one visa? I hope the agreement will be polished this year. As to what purpose of travel, tourist, business, or study, the common visa may apply for tour or both or more.
While the ministries are carefully baking the cake, I think this policy is so amazing. Asean visa exemption requirement will boom the travel economy in the Southeast Asia. Let’s keep our fingers crossed so the rules will be settled and completed soon.