Australia & Canada Among 6 New Countries Eligible for Vietnam E visa
Vietnam has extended its e-visa application scheme for visitors from six more countries including major tourism markets Australia and India, raising the list of beneficiaries to 46.
Vietnam is expecting a boom in number of tourists in 2018 and the government is doing everything to make travelling here easier. The first step is to do away with the complicated and costly visa system.
Vietnam has already rolled out its plan to allow foreign tourists to apply for electronic visas (e-visas) from February 1, 2017 including citizens from 40 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Sweden, all major target markets for Vietnam’s tourism sector. (Check out the full list here).
A group of tourists in front of HCMC Central Post Office. Photo: Thanh Nien News
However, the initial list did not reflect all the major countries where tourists to Vietnam come from. Recently, a government’s decision said that the e-visa system is now also availanle for visitors from Australia, Canada, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the U.A.E.
Under the program, tourists will be able to apply online for 30-day, single-entry e-visas by paying a non-refundable application fee online. Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese and the other in English) run by the Ministry of Public Security. They will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online. After that, it takes three working days for tourists to find out whether their applications have been approved or not.
Visitors with Vietnam e visa can fly into any of Vietnam’s eight international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at seven ports across the country.
The e-visa program, which is still under trial mode, is one of the many efforts taken by the Vietnamese government to increase tourists number and turn tourism into a backbone industry of the country.
With the new system, as well as visa waiver policies for various big markets in Asia and Europe, the tourism industry hopes to welcome 17-20 million foreign visitors and gain $35 billion per year by 2020, contributing to 10 percent to the country’s gross domestic product, compared to the current 7.5 percent.
Visitors to Vietnam in the first 11 months this year increased almost 28 percent from a year ago to more than 11.6 million, according to figures from the General Statistics Office.
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