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Vietnam Launches Game-Changing E-Visa System for Foreign Visitors at 52 Ports

In a momentous shift, the Vietnamese Government has unveiled a substantial revision to its visa protocol, ushering in a new era of travel facilitation. Effective August 15, the nation has rolled out a groundbreaking initiative, granting electronic visas (e-visas) to all foreign visitors arriving at 52 specially designated ports of entry. This historic decision has been formally enshrined in the latest iteration of Resolution No. 127/NQ-CP.

Historically, Vietnam has been issuing 30-day single-entry e-visas exclusively to citizens from a select group of 80 countries.

Marking an innovative leap, the Vietnam Immigration Department, a pivotal arm of the Ministry of Public Security, will administer e-visas to international travelers through a cutting-edge electronic payment framework. Distinguishing this change is the newfound ability for e-visa holders to make multiple entries within a generous 90-day timeframe, a feat that augments flexibility and ease for globetrotters.

Embarking on this progressive path, the inventory of designated entry junctures encompasses an impressive array of 13 airports. Prominent aviation hubs such as Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang Airport are pivotal components of this expansion. Further augmenting this initiative, 16 land border gates and 13 seaports have also been seamlessly integrated into the overarching policy transformation.

Concurrent with this sweeping shift, the Government has introduced Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP, which ushers in a revision to the visa exemption tenure for citizens from specific nations. Eminent nations including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus now enjoy the privilege of an extended sojourn in Vietnam. With this modification, the authorized stay period upon entry has been magnified to an expansive 45 days, a significant upsurge from the prior 15-day limit. Importantly, this extension is universally applicable, transcending passport type and the intent behind the visit. Crucially, visitors are required to meet the stipulated entry requisites in alignment with Vietnamese legal parameters.

Officials at the helm of this transformative undertaking have underscored the profound implications of both resolutions. Foreseen as a gateway to bolstering Vietnam’s global standing as an alluring travel destination, these policies are poised to revolutionize the nation’s visa landscape, streamlining journeys for explorers spanning the globe.

Author: phacharaphonk

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