Vietnam extends e-visa policy for foreign tourists until 2021

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Foreign tourists take a boat ride on Ngo Dong River in Tam Coc-Bich Dong, a popular tourist destination in northern Ninh Binh Province.
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A policy extension will allow citizens of 46 countries to enter Vietnam for 30 days with e-visa until 2021.

The Vietnamese government has approved a two-year extension of the pilot e-visa issuance program for foreigners visiting the country.

The policy was launched on February 1, 2017, allowing citizens from 40 countries to apply for electronic visas. These countries included major tourism markets of  China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S, the U.K, Germany and Sweden.

Last year, visitors from six countries, Australia, India, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.A.E were added to the list.

The e-visa application scheme was scheduled to expire next February, but has been extended now.

As of August 31 this year, more than 241,000 foreign tourists have entered Vietnam with e-visas, according to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

The policy allows foreigners to apply for a 30-day, single-entry e-visa for holidays or business trips by paying a $25 application fee online.

Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese and the other in English) run by the Ministry of Public Security. They will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.

It takes three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not.

Visitors with e-visas can enter the country at any of Vietnam’s eight international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at seven ports across the country.

The e-visa extension, which is still in trial mode, is one of the steps taken by the Vietnamese government to make tourism a key economic sector.

Read full article at VNExpress: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel-life/travel/vietnam-extends-e-visa-policy-for-foreign-tourists-until-2021-3826856.html

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