Nationals of eligible countries will be able to apply for a 30-day single-entry e-visa starting February 1 2017.
The Vietnamese government has announced a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for foreign tourists visiting the country.
Under a government directive released in late January, citizens from 40 countries will be eligible to apply for the e-visas starting on February 1 2017. Included on the list are China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Sweden, all major target markets for Vietnam’s tourism sector.
It will take three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not, according to the directive.
Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present when they arrive.
Visitors can touch down at 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.
In November last year, Vietnam's National Assembly overwhelmingly approved the plan to allow foreign visitors to apply online for 30-day, single-entry e-visas.
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.
Tourism authorities are expecting to receive 11.5 million foreign arrivals this year, up 15 percent from 2016.
For Vietnam Visa:
It’s officially announced from 1st July 2015 that British passport holders (both in terms of tourism and business purposes) are now available to enter Vietnam up to 15 days without visa’s requirements. Upon business travelling purpose, customers need to contact a relevant Vietnamese department in order to allocate necessary procedures or licenses.
By the way, Vietnam visa is strictly required if travellers wish to stay in Vietnam for a period of 15 days or more, also applied for those who re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of departure. Therefore, please carefully make sure to grasp the suitable Vietnam visa in right travelling purpose.
First considerate priority is to get a Vietnam visa through Vietnamese Embassy before travelling. Get a multiple entries visa in case of dual plans to leave and re-enter Vietnam from other countries.
As more convenient you may consider, there are legitimate companies that could help to make Vietnam visa on arrival. Just apply and follow the process visa website provided.
Please carefully check the validity of your visa if you wish to overstay in Vietnam. Hence, you will stuck in delaying hassle if your visa validity expired.
Tourists from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will continue to be exempted from visa until June 2021, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said at a Government meeting on Thursday.
Visa will be waived for tourists coming to Việt Nam from these five countries for another three years (until June 30, 2021) after the visa waiver programme expires at the end of June this year.
When the extension expires, Việt Nam would review its unilateral visa exemption policy and re-evaluate its electronic visa pilot, the PM said during a monthly Government meeting in Hà Nội on Thursday.
“Extending the visa exemption is definitely something we should opt for, since at the moment, Việt Nam waives visa one-sidedly for only 24 countries – including nine ASEAN countries – while our neighbours are doing more than that,” he said.
He also assigned the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review and report on the challenges facing electronic visa issuance and on making amendments to the Immigration Law.
Visa exemption for tourists from the five Western European countries has helped increase the number of tourists from these markets by 10.1 per cent since it was introduced in mid-2015, according to the Việt Nam Tourism Advisory Board.