Hundreds of foreigners apply for e-visas

Saturday, 2017-02-11 15:00:46
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Richard Kenneth Wilson (Britain), the first e-Visa tourist to Vietnam, is greeted at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City. (Photo: VOH)
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NDO/VNA—As many as 490 foreigners have registered for electronic visas to enter Vietnam, 210 of whom have been issued their visas, after the first week of the e-visa pilot scheme, the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Immigration has said.

Decree 07/2017/ND-CP, which allowed visitors from 40 countries to apply for and receive Vietnamese visas online, took effect earlier this month.

The move was an effort by the Government to boost socio-economic development, making it more convenient for foreigners to enter the country without being given guarantees by certain organisations or individuals.

It also aimed to contribute to the development of the tourism industry, which hopes to attract between 15 and 20 million tourists in the next two years.

Foreigners could apply for visas and pay fees through the website. The process takes only three days for an e-visa valid for 30 days without requiring letters of guarantee or invitation.

Foreigners can apply for e-visas via https://www.immigration.gov.vn.

Visitors from the following 40 countries can apply for Vietnam’s e-visas during the course of the pilot programme: Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brunei, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Timor-Leste, the United States, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Mongolia, Japan, Panama, Peru, Finland, France, the Philippines, Romania, Spain, Sweden, China (not applicable for Chinese e-passport holders), Uruguay, Venezuela, Norway and Slovakia.