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Vietnam introduces new visa policy 2023

Vietnam Introduces New Visa Policy 2023

Vietnam’s National Assembly approved a new visa policy aimed at facilitating the post-pandemic redevelopment of the country’s tourism sector. The new policy has extended the validity of tourist e-visas from 30 to 90 days and introduced the option of multiple entries, providing greater flexibility and convenience for visitors. Furthermore, the updated e-visa scheme is available to citizens of all countries. The policy changes came into effect starting from 15 August 2023, marking a positive step towards attracting more tourists and boosting Vietnam’s economy.

Under the revised visa policy, travelers will enjoy an extended stay up to 90 days, allowing them ample time to explore the diverse attractions and engage in various activities all across Vietnam.

Additionally, travelers will have the option of making multiple entries during their visa validity period without the need to reapply or go through extensive visa procedures. This move aims to reduce administrative burdens, save time, and streamline the visa process for international travelers.

In a bid to further promote tourism, the National Assembly has also tripled the duration of visa-free stays for travelers from certain countries. Citizens from 25 countries (Brunei, Myanmar, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The UK, The Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Chile and Panama) can now enjoy a visa-free stay for up to 45 days.

Previously, they enjoyed a maximum visa waiver period of 15 days. Vietnamese authorities expect to attract more visitors from these developed countries and encourage longer stays, contributing to increased tourism revenue.

The introduction of the three-month e-visa option reflects Vietnam’s commitment to providing a favorable environment for foreign investors. The extended visa duration is designed to meet the growing demand of international travelers who wish to explore investment prospects in the country.

With more time on their hands, potential investors can thoroughly assess opportunities, establish business connections, and contribute to Vietnam’s economic growth.

The decision to implement multiple-entry visas and extend e-visa validity demonstrates Vietnam’s commitment to facilitating travel and improving efficiency in immigration procedures. By enabling travelers to enter and exit the country multiple times within their visa validity period, the new policy reduces the need for repeated visa applications and streamlines the process for both tourists and authorities.

Moreover, the availability of the online visa application system contributes to the overall efficiency and management of entry and exit activities, benefiting both Vietnamese hospitality-related businesses and foreign visitors.

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