In an effort to attract more foreign visitors to the country, the Government on January 25 issued Decree No. 07/2017/ND-CP, guiding the pilot implementation of an e-visa scheme for visitors from 40 countries.
All procedures for application for e-visas may be conducted online__Photo:VNA
Under the Decree, all procedures for application for e-visas may be conducted online. To be granted an e-visa, an applicant will access www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn
to fill in the declaration form, pay a visa fee, and get a code for his/her dossier. The applicant will have to wait for three days before receiving a reply from the Immigration Management Department. If his/her dossier is okayed, the applicant will use the granted code to print out the e-visa.
Similarly, Vietnam-based organizations and individuals wishing to invite or provide guarantee for foreigners to enter the country may carry out procedures for applying for e-visas for their guests. However, they will be required to register e-accounts and must have e-signatures in accordance with the Law on E-Transactions.
The new regulation is attached with a list of 40 nations eligible for the e-visa scheme, including the US, Japan, Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Russia, and South Korea, among others. It also specifies 28 border gates through which entry and exit with e-visas are permitted.
This new decree will be effective for two years, starting from February 1.-(VLLF)