The Vietnamese government has announced a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for foreign tourists visiting the country. Under a government directive released in late January, citizens from 40 countries will be eligible to apply for the e-visas starting on 1st February 2017. (See the list below)
Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (http://www.immigration.gov.vn in English or http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn in Vietnamese) 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 will take three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not, according to the directive.
Successful applicants will be able to print off their Vietnam e-visas to present when they arrive.
Visitors can touch down 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.
List of countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for e-visas to Vietnam.
9. South Korea
13. Czech Republic
16. Timor Leste
17. United States of America
23. United Kingdom
32. The Philippines
36. China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
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