With the Vietnamese Government Decree No. 07/2017/NĐ-CP took effect on 1 February 2017, the pilot grant of an e-visa to Vietnam has been applied now.
The e-visas are granted for single entry visits for up to 30 days to nationals of the following 40 eligible countries:
Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, China (not apply to Chinese e-passport holders), Japan, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Timor Leste.
Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romani, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Americas: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, United States of America, and Venezuela.
The e-visa system will entitle foreign visitors to easier access to Vietnam’s picturesque scenery.
With all procedures, from submitting the dossier, declaring form and paying fee to sending the e-Visa all performed online, it takes only three working days for tourists to be informed if their applications have been approved or not.
To apply for e-visas, foreign citizens must complete a form, after which applicants will receive an application code and be prompted to pay a non-refundable fee of USD25 online.
The move aims to spur the country's tourism industry by streamlining visa processing and hence attracting more travelers. Vietnam's Ministry of Finance, Public Security and Foreign Affairs have been pricing this e-visa application and making efforts to ensure international arrivals receive top-notch local services.
So far, Vietnam has visa-free agreements with 21 countries, 5 of them from EU; visitors from other countries can apply for visas to Vietnamese embassies or consulates within their own homelands; they can also obtain visas on arrival, through a service that has been notorious for its long wait — in the high season, it is hardly unusual for arrivals to have to inch along for an hour or two.
Over the past 7 months, Vietnam has embraced 5.55 million foreign visitors, with a year-on-year increase of 24%; by the end of 2016, the country aims to welcome 8.5million overseas travelers, with an annual increase of 6%, and gain tourism revenue of $8.9616 billion. Vietnam has also set a longer-term target of attracting 10~10.5 million international arrivals by 2020 with tourism revenue of $18~19 billion.