The granting of 30-day single-entry electronic visas to visitors
from 40 countries from February 1 is expected to be a breakthrough in attracting
foreign tourists to Viet Nam.
Director General of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van
Tuan said the policy will make it easier for overseas visitors to enter Viet
To apply for e-visas, foreign citizens must complete a form which is available
on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese at http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn
and the other in English at http://www.immigration.gov.vn) administered by the
Ministry of Public Security. After which applicants will receive an application
code and be prompted to pay a non-refundable fee online.
It will take three working days for tourists to be informed if their
applications have been approved or not.
Providing e-visas is a step in the right direction, but ultimately, not enough
to help Viet Nam’s tourism compete with other countries in the region, said Vice
President of the Viet Nam Tourism Association Vu The Binh.
He suggested more policies such as visa exemptions, tourism promotion, and human
resources development to attract more international tourists..