To streamline the visa application process and aid the tourism sector's post-pandemic recovery, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has called for a reform of electronic visa applications.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday that the e-visa system, available to citizens of 80 countries, is now in operation again as the country fully reopened to international tourists from March 15, 2022.
The Department of Immigration has issued a notice on automatic extension of stay for foreigners stranded due to COVID-19.
A tourism demand stimulus alliance will be set up which will cut tour and service fees by 50 percent while ensuring high quality and safety, according to Nguyen Huu Tho, chair of the Vietnam Tourism Association.
Foreigners entering the country under visa waiver programmes, e-visas or tourism visas after March 1 will be automatically given stay permit extension until June 30 free of charge.
Having lived in Vietnam since the 1980s, Kenneth Atkinson, president of Grant Thorton Vietnam, said the number of foreign travelers to Vietnam is increasing rapidly, but most of them do not return again.