Foreign tourists allowed to visit Co To island without permit
Update: Aug 03, 2016
Foreign tourists can now freely visit the border Co To island, said Hoang Ba Nam, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Co To district in the northern Quang Ninh province. 

Previously, according to the Government’s Decree No. 71/2015/ND-CP dated September 3, 2015, international travellers in Viet Nam were required to hold a permit to enter such border areas as Co To island. 

The provincial Police Department, on July 15, announced that the Co To island district is a local tourism site in accordance with Decision No. 1288/QD-UBND made by the provincial People’s Committee. 

The move is expected to bring more foreign tourists to the island. 

According to the province, the island has greeted about 15,000 visitors in the first six months of this year. Most of them are domestic tourists. 

In 2016, the district targets to welcome about 250,000 tourists.