HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Thursday (March 17) that the electronic visa system, available to citizens of 80 countries, is operational again as the country is fully reopened to international tourists from March 15, 2022.
The online visa application/approval process by the Vietnam Immigration Department was halted in early March 2020 when the country closed the border to most foreign arrivals, in response to the Covid pandemic.
The list of countries where citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa (30-day stay) is as follows: Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria , Canada , Chile, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR passport holders, not applicable to Chinese ePassport holders), Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia , Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Solomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor L este, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Western Samoa.
“The Government of Vietnam has accepted the Foreign Ministry’s proposal to reinstate pre-pandemic immigration policies for foreigners and Vietnamese residing overseas, effective March 15,” said Lê Thị Thu Hằng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a press briefing. .
“As a result, Vietnam resumes the application of visa granting and visa waiver processes in accordance with the Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam Law of 2014 (amended in 2019 ) and other relevant documents, including granting e-visas,” Hằng said.
Visa waiver policies for citizens of 13 countries have been restored as before the pandemic, in particular for Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus. Nationals of these countries can stay in Vietnam for 15 days from the date of entry, regardless of visa type or purpose of entry.
Vietnam has also reinstated visa exemptions for foreign nationals in accordance with international conventions of which Vietnam is a member, and visa exemption on a reciprocal basis with countries like Singapore and Thailand, and other exemption agreements. visa with Southeast Asian countries, the spokesperson noted. .
Besides the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministries have also issued regulations based on their functions regarding reopening to foreign visitors from March 15.
According to the new Covid-19 guidelines for foreign entries from the Ministry of Health (Dispatch No. 1265), travelers entering Vietnam by air must provide proof of negative Covid-19 test results (within 72 hours of departure if using RT-PCR/ RT-LAMP diagnostics, or within 24 hours if using rapid antigen diagnostics).
Travelers entering by road, rail or sea can get a Covid-19 test before entry similar to travelers by air, if their length of stay in Vietnam is short. If the stay is longer, they must be tested at the border posts.
If the test results are negative, participants are allowed to travel freely taking into account public health measures.
Participants must complete a health declaration before immigration, self-monitor their health, and install and use the Vietnam Covid-19 (PC-Covid) application.
On March 15, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism released the guidelines to welcome back international tourists in the new normal, in which tourists would need medical insurance covering Covid-19 treatment with a $10,000 minimum liability.