return icon Vietnamnet.vn

E-visa system for 80 countries back online: Foreign ministry

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 online visa application/approval process by Việt Nam’s Immigration Department was halted in early March 2020 when the country sealed the border to most foreign arrivals, in response to the COVID pandemic.

The list of countries where citizens are eligible to apply for e-visa (30 day stay valid) are: Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders, not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Salomons Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

“The Government of Việt Nam has agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ proposal to reinstate pre-pandemic immigration policies for foreigners and Vietnamese residing overseas, effective from March 15,” Lê Thị Thu Hằng, spokesperson for the foreign ministry said during a press briefing.

“Accordingly, Việt Nam resumes the application of visa granting processes and visa exemption in accordance with the 2014 Law on Foreigners’ Entry into, Exit from, Transit through, and Residence in Việt Nam (amended in 2019) and other relevant documents, including the granting of electronic visas,” Hằng said.

Visa exemption policies for citizens from 13 countries were restored as before the pandemic, specifically for Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus. Nationals from these countries can stay in Việt Nam for 15 days from the date of entry, regardless of visa type or purpose of entry.

Việt Nam has also resumed visa exemptions for foreign nationals in accordance with international conventions of which Việt Nam is a member, and visa exemption on a reciprocal basis with countries including Singapore and Thailand, and other visa exemption agreements with Southeast Asian nations, the spokesperson noted.

Other than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministries have also issued regulations based on their functions with regards to the reopening to foreign visitors from March 15.

According to the new COVID-19 guidelines for foreign entries from the Ministry of Health (Dispatch No 1265), travellers entering Việt Nam by air need to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results (within 72 hours of departure if using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP diagnostics, or within 24 hours if using rapid antigen diagnostics).

Travellers entering by road, railroad, or sea, can get a COVID-19 test prior to entry similar to travellers by air, if their duration of stay in Việt Nam is short. If the stay is longer, they need to be tested at the border gates.

If the test results are negative, entrants are allowed to travel freely with public health measures in mind.

Entrants must fill in health declaration prior to immigration, self-monitor their health, and install and use Việt Nam’s COVID-19 app (PC-COVID).

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on March 15 released the guidelines for welcoming back international tourists in the new normal, in which tourists would need medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of US$10,000.

Source: VNS

Travel firms propose visa waivers for tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland

Travel firms propose visa waivers for tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland

Travel firms have proposed the restoration of the visa waiver policy applied before the pandemic, and a waiver expansion for additional countries.

MORE NEWS

Roaming Hanoi for 1,001 specialties from different parts of Vietnam

There is no need to travel far, just a walk around Hanoi will help you taste specialties across Vietnam.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES DECEMBER 6

PM to attend ASEAN-EU commemorative summit, visit three European countries

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 6

Da Nang to host Vietnam International Travel Mart

Share purchases by foreign investors hit record

In the week from November 28 to December 2, the Vietnamese stock market saw foreign investors’ net purchases reaching VND9.15 trillion, raising the total net purchase since early November to VND20.2 trillion.

Employers sell private assets to offer Tet bonuses to workers

Many enterprises in Vietnam are struggling to give Tet bonuses for their workers.

Promoting PPP cooperation to develop green agriculture in Vietnam

Promoting public-private partnerships will help improve sustainability in the agricultural sector, according to experts speaking at an event in Hanoi on Monday.

Undervalued banks winning bet for investors

The recent declines of the securities market have moved bank stocks to an 'attractive zone'. Banks were trading at a P/E multiple of 7.1 and P/B of 1.3 in late November, equivalent to the lows in March 2020.

Park Hang-seo receives Order of Diplomatic Service Merit

Head coach of the Vietnamese national team Park Hang-seo has been awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Heungin Medal, by the Republic of Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol for his contribution to promoting friendly ties with Vietnam.

HCM City Party Secretary: robbery must not exist on streets

HCM City Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen said the city has a bad reputation for robbery and he has asked relevant bodies to deal with this.

Positive prospects for Vietnam’s stock market in 2023

The stock market saw a trading session with the strongest growth rate in Asia on December 2 as the Vietnam-Index surged by 4.22 percent.

A look at VN fashion through “Taste of Heritage”

After three years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnam International Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 returned to Hanoi in late November with eye-catching collections in the spirit of 'Taste of heritage'.

Vietnamese interested in metaverse and fintech

According to a recent report by Meta and Bain & Company, Vietnam is among the top 3 countries besides Indonesia and the Philippines to adopt new technologies such as fintech and metaverse.

The opportunity for a chip-making industry in Vietnam

Chip production will fuel Vietnam's aspiration to become a prominent manufacturing hub in the region.

R&B legend Babyface, 2022 Masked Singer Vietnam’s winner to be on stage together

The much-awaited item of the 2022 “Ho Do" International Music Festival in HCMC will be a duet performance of R&B superstar Babyface and singer Ngoc Mai who won the Masked Singer Vietnam 2022, said Director of the festival, musician Huy Tuan.

HCM City to launch overnight cruises along Saigon River

Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism authority plans to launch overnight cruises with ships accommodating hundreds of people along the Saigon River starting next year.
back_to_top