On 25th March, the Government Office released a notice about the unilateral visa waiver for citizens of other countries and new policies in the management of entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam. The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has been asked to join forces with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and relevant agencies to urgently deploy procedures and complete documents to propose policies in the field of management of entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam in accordance with current laws.
The ministries must report to the government so that the government can submit to the National Assembly and consider adding the issue into the National Assembly’s general resolution at the fifth session, slated for May 2023.
There are three major contents:
- Increase e-visa validity from max 30 days to max 3 months, single entry or multiple entries.
- Grant e-visa to citizens of all countries and territories.
- Extend the temporary stay for travelers who enjoy the unilateral visa waiver from 15 to 45 days.
Meanwhile, MPS is collecting opinions about the draft of the law on amending and supplementing some of the articles of the Law on Foreigners' Entry into, Exit from, Transit through, and Residence in Vietnam. The ministry proposes increasing e-visa validity from maximum 30 days to maximum 3 months, single entry or multiple entries.
The government will determine the list of countries and territories whose citizens can be granted e-visas and the international border gates through which foreigners can enter and exit with e-visas.
In the draft, MPS suggests extending the temporary stay for travelers who enjoy the unilateral visa waiver from 15 to 45 days.
At the national tourism conference 2023, some ministries and branches proposed extending the time of Vietnam’s unilateral visa waiver to attract foreign travelers. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said that the number of countries to enjoy visa waiver will increase, the duration of their stay will be prolonged at reasonable costs and the e-visa policy will be expanded.
Vietnam reopened its tourism very early, in March 2022, but the number of foreign travelers to Vietnam remained modest in 2022, just 3.6 million. Analysts said that one of the reasons was the regulated short time of stay in Vietnam.