Vietnam to introduce e-visas in 2017
August 23, 2016
Published on Aug 23, 2016
Vietnam plans to introduce e-visas next year as part of the country's efforts to attract more international tourists.
Thanh Nien News reports that the Vietnamese government will allocate up to VND200 billion (US$8.9 million) for the development of the online visa system, which is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2017.
Vietnam already offers visa-free travel to visitors from 22 countries, including all ASEAN states and several key international source markets, such as Russia, Japan, South Korea, France and the UK. All travelers can visit the southern resort island of Phu Quoc for up to 30 days without a visa.
Vietnam welcomed 5.55m international visitors in the first seven months of 2016, up 24% year-on-year. The country is planning to attract 10.5m annual visitors by 2020.
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