Vietnam Opens E-Visas Program For Visitors From 40 Countries
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.
Citizens of the following 40 countries will be able to apply for 30-day, single-entry e-visas starting February 1.
- South Korea
- Czech Republic
- Timor Leste
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- The Philippines
- China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
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.
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.
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