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Govt considers lengthening visa-free stay to 45 days

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Government is weighing increasing the duration of visa-free stay for international tourists to 45 days from the current 15 to attract guests from abroad.

If approval is forthcoming, foreign tourists who come from countries to which Vietnam unilaterally gives a visa waiver can stay in the country for up to 45 days, instead of the current 15.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh recently chaired a meeting of the Government’s Standing Committee to look into visa exemptions for foreigners and tentative immigration policy changes.

Members of the Government’s Standing Committee agreed at the meeting that the validity of e-visa would be increased from no more than 30 days to no more than three months and that the e-visa would be either single or multiple-entry one.

E-visas might be issued to citizens of all foreign countries and territories.

The Government’s Standing Committee assigned the Ministry of Public Security to coordinate with the Ministry of Justice and other relevant agencies to make preparations and send immigration policy change proposals to the National Assembly session, expected to be held in May.

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