Vietnam to begin granting e-visas in February

Wednesday, 2017-01-25 15:13:58
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam will implement a trial period of granting electronic visas for foreign citizens from 40 countries worldwide as of 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 application and payment will be completed online. It will take 3 days to process the application for an e-visa valid for 30 days. The visa does not require letters of guarantee or invitation.

Foreign citizens can access the websites http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn to apply for e-visas.

Foreign citizens will be granted with an e-visa 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 has been 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 standard visas 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 administrational reform, the official added.