NA discusses extending pilot e-visa issuance for foreigners

Monday, 2018-11-05 17:10:09
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Minister of Public Security, To Lam, presents the Government report on extending the pilot e-visa programme for foreign visitors to Vietnam during a plenary session at the on-going 14th NA’s sixth sitting, Hanoi, November 5, 2018. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)
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NDO – The on-going 14th National Assembly (NA)’s sixth session held a plenary sitting on November 5 to discuss a report on extending the pilot e-visa programme for foreign visitors to Vietnam under the NA’s Resolution No. 30/2016/QH14 by another two years.

* Lawmakers approve continued pilot e-visa issuance for foreigners

Under the authorisation of the Prime Minister, presenting the report at the meeting, Minister of Public Security, To Lam, affirmed the significant importance of Resolution No. 30 issued on November 22, 2016, which has resulted in positive achievements during the pilot implementation.

According to data collected from February 1, 2017 to October 15, 2018, the Vietnamese immigration authorities have issued 336,932 e-visas to foreigners, with the number of e-visas increasing rapidly. From February to June 2018, there were 115,349 e-visas granted to foreigners, an increase of 273% over the same period in 2017.

The procedures for issuing e-visas are simple, convenient, open and transparent, while ensuring security as foreigners who are not permitted to enter Vietnam are not permitted to be granted an e-visa.

On the basis of the review, the Government stressed the need to continue piloting the programme to make further reviews on the impact of the policy on domestic socio-economic life, as well as national defence, security and foreign affairs. The Government proposed that the NA extends the period of piloting e-visas for foreigners to enter Vietnam for a further two years, from the expired date of the pilot on February 1 next year.

Praising the thorough research in the Government report presented by Minister To Lam, the representative of the verifying agency, Head of the NA’s Defence and Security Committee, Vo Trong Viet, said that his committee agreed with the report results and proposed that the NA extends the pilot for two years.

The committee also highly applauded the Government’ efforts in implementing the NA’s resolution which has gained positive results, adding that the authorities concerned should carry out more evaluation on the potential and imminent risks of the policy to Vietnam and propose solutions to tackle any problems during the pilot deployment.