The Vietnamese Government has decided to extend the eVisa pilot scheme for at least another 2 years. The Vietnam eVisa was launched in February last year and it has benefitted thousands of tourists from over 40 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, and India.
Travelers from eligible countries can obtain a 30-day, single-entry visa for tourism or business purposes by completing a simple online form. The process only takes a few minutes and there is no need to go to an embassy or consulate. Visitors can enter Vietnam at any of the country's 8 international airports, 7 seaports, and 13 land border gates.
More than 240,000 tourists traveled to Vietnam with the eVisa in the first 8 months of this year according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. This only represents a fraction of the total amount of visitors which is around 15 million a year.
The eVisa application system was scheduled to expire next February. However, as part of the government's plans to boost tourism, the decision was made to continue the scheme until February 2021.
How can travelers apply for a Vietnam eVisa?
Applicants can complete the online eVisa application by answering a series of basic questions. The types of required information include the applicant's full name, address, date of birth, passport details, and travel plans.
It is necessary to have a valid passport from one of the eligible countries and pay a fee using a credit or debit card. It takes 3 working days to process applications. Tourists should apply at least 7 days before their trip to allow time for possible complications.
If the government approves the application, the traveler receives the eVisa by email. They can print a copy of the eVisa to present at the Vietnamese border to gain entry.
It is necessary to enter using the passport which was used for the application. Tourists can only use the eVisas to enter Vietnam once, visitors cannot leave and re-enter using the same eVisa.
Why visit Vietnam?
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia. Its lush mountains, limestone islands, sandy beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and buzzing cities mean there is something for everyone.
There is a staggering amount of ancient landmarks and structures which have survived the country's more turbulent moments. Since the end of the war with the US, the country has transformed into a confident, optimistic, modern state.
It is a destination where old-meets-new as towering skyscrapers contrast with Buddhist shrines and temples. The number of tourists will rise dramatically over the next 10 years so now is the best time to go.
The Vietnam eVisa and economical flights mean getting there has never been easier.