Vietnam to begin granting e-visa in February 2017, Vietnam Investment Review, 28 January 2017.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

Vietnam will pilot granting electronic visas for foreign citizens from 40 countries worldwide as from February 1, 2017, the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security announced at a press conference in Hanoi on January 25.

According to Decree 07/2017-ND-CP issued by the Government on the same day, procedures for applying and payment will be done online. It will take 3 days to process application for an e-visa valid for 30 days. The visa does not require letters of guarantee or invitation.

Websites for foreigners to apply for visas

To apply for visas, foreign citizens can access either of the following two websites [AusCham note: at the time of publishing this article on this website, neither website below could be accessed.]:

Foreign citizens will be granted a e-visas for exit and entry through international border gates as listed in Appendix II attached to Decree 07/2017-ND-CP.

The list of 40 countries is approved by the Ministries of Public Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs.

Major General Le Xuan Vien, Director of the Immigration Department highlighted the significance of the plan, saying that it will benefit the country’s economic development and international integration target, contributing to ensuring national security and social order.

The granting of normal visa will still be implemented in line with regulations of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence for Foreigners in Vietnam, he noted.

The move demonstrates the Government’s determination to promote administration reform, the official added.

 

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