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E-visa list amended

Released at: 18:03, 20/02/2019

E-visa list amended

Photo: Vietnam Immigration Department

New e-visa list adds 35 more countries and territories.

by Le Diem

Vietnam has added 35 more countries and territories in the amendment to the e-visa program, with a focus on emerging tourism markets in Europe. The changes took effect on February 1.

Citizens of an additional 35 countries and territories can now visit Vietnam with an e-visa: Austria, Iceland, Belgium, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Qatar, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Croatia, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Macedonia, Micronesia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Cyprus, Switzerland, Slovenia, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Serbia, and China (including Hong Kong and Macau passport holders but not Chinese e-passport holders).

Applications for 30-day e-visas can be submitted to https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn  and cost $25, with notification of granting or rejection sent to applicants within three working days.

Vietnam first launched e-visa procedures in February 2017, starting with 40 countries and territories: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, the UK, the US, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In December 2017, six countries were added to the list: Australia, India, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UAE.

After the pilot phase ended recently, the government approved a two-year extension to the e-visa program, to 2021. Citizens from over 80 countries and territories can now enter Vietnam with an e-visa.

Last year the government also announced visa waivers for a three-year period for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, to provide impetus to the tourism industry.

With changes to visa policies, Vietnam’s tourism industry hopes to welcome 17-20 million foreign visitors a year by 2020 and earn revenue of $35 billion, contributing 10 per cent to the country’s GDP compared to 7.5 per cent in 2018.

The country welcomed a record 15.4 million foreign visitors last year, a 20 per cent increase against 2017.

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