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Vietnam to start issuing e-visas from February 2017

HANOI – The National Assembly (NA) approved a resolution on the pilot issuance of e-visas for foreigners starting from February 1, 2017.

In order to be eligible for e-visa, one must be the citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Vietnam and poses no threat to the nation’s defense, security and social order. The criteria should be aligned with the country’s socio-economic and diplomatic policies at the time of issuance.

E-visa will be issued by the immigration authority via digital transactions for foreigners wanting to enter Vietnam. It can be used once and valid for no more than 30 days.

The Government will compile a list of the nations whose citizens are entitled to e-visas, and name the country’s border gates applicable for e-visas during the trial run.

E-visa applicants must have passports and are not on the list of those ineligible for entry into Vietnam as regulated by Article 21 of the law on entry, exit, transit and residence of expatriates in Vietnam, or the immigration law for short.

If foreigners who are granted e-visas want to be issued new visas upon arrival, the immigration agency will consider and process their requests according to the immigration law.

The applicant must pay a fee via their bank accounts. Fees are non-refundable, even if the request for visa is denied.

Regulations and procedures for granting e-visas are within the jurisdiction of the Government.

The e-visa pilot scheme will last two years starting from February 1, 2017. Its results will be reported at the last NA session in 2018.


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