National Assembly adopts resolution on e-visa pilot scheme

Tuesday, 2016-11-22 17:41:17
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NDO/VNA—With 91.08% approval, the 14th National Assembly passed a resolution on piloting the issuance of e-visas for foreigners at its second session, on November 22.

Accordingly, the e-visa pilot scheme will last for two years, starting on February 1, 2017. Its results will be reported at the last NA session in 2018.

E-visas will be issued by the immigration authority via digital transactions for foreigners wanting to enter Vietnam. It can be used once and is valid for no more than 30 days.

In order to be eligible for the visa, one must be citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Vietnam and poses no threat to the nation’s security and social order. The criteria will be aligned with Vietnam’s socioeconomic and diplomatic policies at the time of issuance.

The applicant also must not be included in a list of people yet to be allowed to enter Vietnam as defined in Article 21 of the law on the entry, exit, transit and residence of expatriates in Vietnam.

The Government was tasked with establishing a list of countries eligible for Vietnamese e-visa registration.

The same day, the NA also adopted a law amending and supplementing Article 6 and Appendix 4 of the Investment Law on the list of conditional lines of business. A total of 83.16% of deputies approved the change.

The law is set to take effect on January 1, 2017, except for regulations on the trade of clandestine recording devices and software and on auto production, assembly and imports, which will come into effect on July 1, 2017.