The popular Southeast Asian destination will soon issue electronic visas to “citizens from all countries and territories,” who will be able to stay in Vietnam for up to three months.
For pandemic-weary, travel-starved visitors, there’s some welcome news coming out of Vietnam this week.
Vietnam’s cabinet has approved granting electronic visas of up to three months for long-stay tourists as the government prepares to relax travel regulations to help support a key driver of the economic growth, local media in the country reported on Tuesday, March 28.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said there was a general consensus among cabinet members the issuance of electronic visas, valid for single-entry or multiple entries, to “citizens from all countries and territories” who will be able to stay in Vietnam for a maximum of three months, up from the current 30 days, Xinhua News Agency quoted local newspaper Vietnam News as saying.
The government also approved extending the visa-free length of stay to 45 days from 15 days for citizens from countries for which it has unilaterally waived visa requirements.
The proposal will be submitted for Parliament’s review and approval at the next meeting session scheduled in May.
Vietnam already waives visa requirements for tourists from 25 countries and also grants a one-month single-entry e-visa to visitors from 80 countries and regions.
Despite being one of the first Southeast Asian countries to fully reopen its doors to foreign visitors, Vietnam received only 3.66 million arrivals last year, around 20% of pre-pandemic levels.
Vietnam is aiming to receive 8 million foreign arrivals in 2023, bringing some $27.3 billion in revenue this year. If they hit that number, it will represent a 31% increase from last year.
Reporting from Vietnam News, MENAFN.com, and Xinhua News Agency contributed to this article.
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