The second phase of a pilot electronic visa scheme will allow visitors from 35 countries to apply for and receive Vietnamese visas via the Internet during the two-year course of the program, according to a government decree issued earlier this month.
According to the newly-issued decree, citizens of the following 35 countries can apply for a Vietnamese visa via the Internet: 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, China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Serbia, Slovenia.
Meanwhile, the same e-visa scheme had been applied to 40 countries from 2017 to last month, including Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brunei, South Korea, Germany, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Timor-Leste, the United States, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Mongolia, Japan, Panama, Peru, Finland, France, the Philippines, Romania, Spain, Sweden, China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Uruguay, Venezuela, Norway, and Slovakia.
Among that, visitors from China remain the only holidaymakers enjoying the e-visa scheme for four years during both two phases of the program.
Vietnam’s e-visa system is operated on government domains https://www.immigration.gov.vn/ (English) and https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ (Vietnamese).
Applications are to be processed by the immigration authority within three working days, after which time approved applicants can access and print their e-visa using an ID provided by the websites during the submission process.
Visa fee payments will be made by bank transfer to guarantee transparency and convenience for tourists and minimize intermediate costs.
No letter of guarantee or invitation is required for online visa application, and e-visas will have a validity period of 30 days.
With the employment of the program, Vietnam’s immigration authority can directly issue visas to visitors from those foreign countries where it has no representative office, making it easier and cheaper for tourists to visit the Southeast Asian nation.