The National Assembly of Vietnam has recently made a significant decision to extend tourist e-visas from 30 to 90 days, starting on August 15, 2023. This development will greatly benefit foreigners visiting Vietnam as they can now enter and exit the country multiple times within the extended 90-day period without the need to acquire a new visa each time. This change aims to simplify procedures for obtaining visas and enhance the overall experience for tourists.
In addition to the visa extension, citizens of countries unilaterally exempted from visas by Vietnam will now be granted temporary residence for 45 days instead of the previous 15 days. Furthermore, they may also be considered for visa issuance and temporary residence extension according to the relevant regulations in place. This adjustment offers greater flexibility for travelers from exempted nations and aligns with Vietnam’s efforts to attract more international visitors.
The approval of the law on amendments and supplements to the Law on the Exit and Entry of Vietnamese Citizens, as well as the Law on Foreigners’ Entry into, Exit from, Transit through, and Residence in Vietnam, was supported by an overwhelming majority of the National Assembly. With 470 out of 475 deputies present, the law is set to come into effect on August 15, 2023. This decision reflects the government’s commitment to enhancing tourism and streamlining immigration processes.
Chairman of the NA Committee for National Defence and Security, Lê Tấn Tới, emphasized that implementing online immigration procedures would greatly improve the efficiency of managing entry and exit activities for both Vietnamese citizens and foreigners. By digitizing these processes, the government aims to create a more convenient and favorable environment for visitors. At present, Vietnam issues e-visas to tourist of 80 countries, with the government having the authority to determine the specific countries and territories eligible for e-visas as well as the designated international border gates for entry and exit.
Source : AsiaNewsNetwork