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Vietnam Opens E-Visas Program For Visitors From 40 Countries

Posted by SE Vietnam - Student Exchange Vietnam

Good news for travellers or students planning to study or do internship in Vietnam in the future!

The Vietnamese government has announced a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for international tourists coming to the country. Nationals of eligible countries will be able to apply for a 30-day single-entry e-visa starting from February 1. In November last year, Vietnam’s National Assembly overwhelmingly approved this plan to allow foreign visitors to apply online for 30-day, single-entry e-visas. On February 1, under a government directive released in late January, citizens from 40 countries will be eligible to apply for the e-visas starting. Included on the list are Japan, the U.S., the U.K., Sweden, Germany, China, and South Korea. These are major target markets for Vietnam’s tourism sector.

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Vietnam offers e-visas for nationals of 40 countries. Photo source: Vietnam-legal.com

Citizens of the following 40 countries will be able to apply for 30-day, single-entry e-visas starting February 1.

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia
  4. Ireland
  5. Poland
  6. Belarus
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Brunei
  9. South Korea
  10. Germany
  11. Chile
  12. Colombia
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Cuba
  15. Denmark
  16. Timor Leste
  17. United States of America
  18. Hungary
  19. Greece
  20. Italy
  21. Kazakhstan
  22. Russia
  23. United Kingdom
  24. Luxembourg
  25. Myanmar
  26. Mongolia
  27. Japan
  28. Panama
  29. Peru
  30. Finland
  31. France
  32. The Philippines
  33. Romania
  34. Spain
  35. Sweden
  36. China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
  37. Uruguay
  38. Venezuela
  39. Norway
  40. Slovakia

To apply for e-visas, you can visit the websites http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn.

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. You will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.

According to the directive, it will take three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved. Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present at border control when they arrive in Vietnam.

Visitors can land at any of Vietnam’s 3 international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates and via sea at seven ports across the country.

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Noi Bai International Airport. Source: noibaiairport.com

Apart from visa exemptions for tourists from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam offers 15-day visa exemptions for visitors from the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Belarus.

This is great news for Vietnam’s tourism industry after a period of unstable growth. Tourism authorities are positive and expect to receive 11.5 million foreign arrivals this year, up 15 percent from 2016.

If your country is not on the list yet, worry not. This is only a pilot plan and the government is planning to expand this list to include many more countries in the future.

Source: Vnexpress.net

 

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