May 28, 2020
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Vietnam Extends E-Visa Scheme to 80 Countries But Borders Remain Closed

Beginning July 1st, citizens from 80 countries will be qualified to avail of the electronic visa, also known as the e-visa. This means that they no longer need to go through the hassles of going to the Vietnam embassy to get their visa. They just need to go online, fill out the visa application form from there, and wait for the visa to be sent through email. Once the visa is received, just print it out and use it to enter Vietnam.

But do not get too excited just yet. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam’s borders remain closed to all foreign visitors. So you may have to wait for a few more months before you start packing your bags.

Which countries are eligible for Vietnam e-visa? [show answer]

Nationals who are eligible for Vietnam e-visa

Before applying for e-visa, the applicant should check the name of their country in the list below to make sure they are suitable for the e-visa to Vietnam.

Andorra France Monaco Sweden
Argentina Germany Myanmar Timor Leste
Armenia Georgia Montenegro Uruguay
Australia Hungary Nauru United Kingdom ***
Austria Greece New Zealand UAE
Azerbaijan Hong Kong ** (China) Netherland United States
Belgium Iceland Norway Venezuela
Belarus Ireland Palau Vanuatu
Bosnia India Peru
Herzegovina Italy Papua New Guinea
Bulgaria Japan Panama
Brunei Korea (South) Portugal
Brazil Kazakhstan Poland
China Mainland * Latvia Philippines
Canada Lithuania Qatar
Chile Liechtenstein Russia
Colombia Luxembourg Romania
Cuba Malta Samoa
Croatia Macedonia Serbia
Czech Republic Macau (China) San Marino
Cyprus Marshall Islands Slovakia
Denmark Micronesia Solomon Islands
Estonia Mexico Slovenia
Finland Moldova Spain
Fiji Mongolia Switzerland

Notes :

  • * Chinese e-Passport (passport with nine dash line map) are NOT accepted for applying Vietnam e-visa. Chinese e-Passport number is usually begins with letter “E”. Chinese e-Passport holders are advised to apply for visa at the embassy or apply for Visa On Arrival. Chinese Passports (Old type) with passport number begin with letter “G” are OK for applying Vietnam e-Visa.
  • ** Hong Kong’s new version passport (passport number begins with letter “H”) AND  Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (HKDI) [香港特別行政區簽證身份書] – passport number begins with letter “D” are NOT accepted for applying e-visa. We hope it will  be accepted soon. Now, you can apply for Visa On Arrival or apply for a visa at the  embassy.
  • *** British National oversea (BNO) passport  holders are NOT accepted for applying e-visa. You are advised to apply for Visa On Arrival or apply for a visa at the  embassy.

Extension of the E-visa Trial Program

Launched in February 2009, this new resolution was actually an extension of Vietnam’s e-visa trial program. Originally, citizens from only 40 countries were eligible. But because the program has been successful in bringing thousands of tourists into the country, the Vietnam government has decided to add more countries to the list. When the program was first launched, the list includes Vietnam’s most crucial partners in tourism, such as Russia, Japan, and South Korea.

In December of 2017, Vietnam has included more countries to the list. These are Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, UAE, and the Netherlands. This has increased the total number of eligible citizens to 46. Recently, Vietnam has added 35 more countries to the list. As for China, the e-visa is only applicable to Macau and Hong Kong passport holders. The e-visa is not applicable to those who came from Mainland China and are holding Chinese e-passports.

The Vietnam e-visa is a single-entry visa. This means that you can only use it to enter the country once. Furthermore, the visa’s validity is only 30 days. Therefore, you need to get out of the country before the 30-day period ends or you’ll be slapped with a hefty fine. There’s an option to extend the visa validity but this must be done through a local travel agency.

Vietnam Borders Remain Closed

Currently, the borders of Vietnam remain closed and the government did not specify any date as to when it will open again. But once the borders will open, those who are eligible to apply for the e-visa can start with their application. Applying for the e-visa is easy since the entire process is done online. Once the e-visa is approved, it will be sent to your email so you don’t even have to visit the embassy just to get your visa. Print the visa and you can use it to enter Vietnam’s airports, land border crossings, and maritime checkpoints.

Although the extension of the e-visa program can be seen as a positive sign for the country’s tourism industry, the country still remains closed to the world. This was the country’s response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases around the world. By closing the borders, Vietnam hopes that they will be able to minimize the risk of Covid-19 infection in their country.

Plans to Lure Back International Visitors

Tourism is an important component of the overall economy of Vietnam. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the country’s tourism industry greatly. Because of this, the director of Vietnam’s National Administration of Tourism has revealed plans to develop programs that can lure international visitors back. However, they will only accept citizens from countries who have responded well to the pandemic. These include countries like Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and other ASEAN countries.

The director further added that if the country will be able to successfully contain the risks of Covid-19 by September, they would come up with various promotions that are aimed at attracting foreigners. Furthermore, they have suggested relaxing the travel restrictions and implementing measures to check the travelers’ medical status upon arrival in the country.

Although Vietnam has been successful in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the pandemic has left the country with an economic slump. This is one of the biggest challenges that Vietnam’s tourism industry has dealt with so far.

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