On 22 Nov 2016, Vietnam National Assembly passed the resolution on piloting the issuance of e-visas for foreigners. The e-visa pilot scheme will be effective for 2 years, starting from 01 Feb 2017.
E-visas will be issued by Vietnam Immigration Department via digital transactions and will be applied to 1 month (30 days), single entry. Expected processing time is 3 working days and processing fee is paid online, non-refundable.
The Vietnamese government is working to decide which nationalities will become eligible for the program and which Vietnamese border gates will allow foreigners to enter by e-visas.
The new type of visa is expected to ease the immigration procedure for tourists and boost the domestic tourism, following the extension of visa exemption for citizens of the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
Source: VNExpress, VietNamNews