Vietnam E-visa 2020: 4 New Changes in Vietnam Visa Starting July 01, 2020

4 New Changes in Vietnam Visa Starting July 01, 2020. The National Assembly of Vietnam recently passed a law amending the current law of Vietnamese Immigration (Vietnam Migration Law 2020) when issuing visas to foreign visitors. The new laws apply to visas for entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam. These amendments will take effect starting July 1 this year. 

Below are the changes in Vietnam visas for foreigners as a result of these amendments.

General Visas on Tourists Entering By the Sea

Before, the only time where a common visa will be issued is when a child shares a passport with a parent or guardian. This applies to all children who are below 14 years old. The rule was mentioned in Article 7 of the Law on foreigner’s entry and exit in Vietnam. This was enacted last 2014.

On the new law, there are two instances where the sharing of passports will be allowed:

  1. All tourists who traveled to Vietnam by sea. The visit should be for the purpose of tourism in accordance with the programs set by the International Tourism Enterprises of Vietnam.
  2. Delegates of foreign military ships who plan on undertaking a formal tour program outside of the port where their ship is being anchored.

Visa Status Can Now Be Changed

The visa status conversion is included in the recent amendments. Under this new law, foreigners can now change their visa status under the following conditions:

  • Foreigners who are able to prove that they are an investor of a particular company in Vietnam. It also applies to those who are official representatives of foreign organizations based in Vietnam. These foreigners can now change their visa without the need to leave the country.
  • Family members who wanted to stay longer in Vietnam by changing their visa can also enjoy the same privilege. However, in order to be granted a change of visa, they must be able to provide proof of relationship with the sponsoring entity. For instance, they must have documents proving they are related as husband or wife, mother or father, etc.
  • The new law also applies to foreign visitors who were invited by a local organization or agency in Vietnam. But before they can change their visa, they must be able to provide proof of invitation or possess permits according to Vietnam’s labor laws.
  • Those who entered using an electronic visa or e-visa and received a job offer while in the country can also benefit from this law amendment. They are able to acquire a work visa but they should be able to provide work permits or certification. The permit or certification must be issued according to Vietnam’s local labor laws.

Take note that the new visas that will be issued as a result of the visa conversion must indicate a new signature. It should also show the time duration that the visa would be good for.

Visa Can Now Be Issued Electronically

In the previous laws on Vietnam visa issuance, visas can only be attached in the passport. Some visas are issued in a separate paper. But with the new laws, visas can now be issued electronically. Under Article 7 of this Law, Vietnam will now issue an electronic visa to foreign visitors. This visa is also known as the e-visa.

Those Covered By the Coastal Economic Zones Is Eligible for Visa Exemption

Under Article 12 of the 2014 Law, there are three cases that were eligible for the visa exemption. These are the following:

  1. Treaties where Vietnam is one of the contracting parties.
  2. Permanent residence card holders or holders of temporary residence cards.
  3. Persons who entered Vietnam through the border gate economic zone or those under the special administrative-economic units.

On the new law that will take effect on July 1st, 2020, the coastal economic zones will be exempted from a visa under the following new conditions:

  1. They have their own International airport.
  2. The contracting party has its own separate space.
  3. Their geographical boundaries are isolated from the mainland.
  4. They must adhere to the suitable social and economic development policies of Vietnam. Furthermore, they should not cause harm to the country’s national defense and will not affect the social order and security.

The amended laws have received an overwhelming majority of votes from lawmakers. These new laws are meant to encourage foreigners to come to Vietnam that can further boost the company’s economy. With these laws, it will now be easy for foreigners to invest or take up jobs. They no longer need to waste a lot of money and time on immigration procedures. Vo Trong Viet, the chairman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Committee on National Defense and Security has added that despite the new amendments they will continue to observe strict monitoring on all foreigners residing in Vietnam.

Vietnam E-visa 2020

From JULY 1st, 2020, Vietnam Government grants E-visa for 80 nationalities to enter Vietnam by airports, land borders and sea ports. Outside Vietnam foreigners who want to enter Vietnam can personally apply for E-visa or through the inviting/guaranteeing agencies and organizations.

Vietnamese visa is a kind of travel document granted by Vietnamese competent authorities, providing permission to travel to and enter Vietnam.

An electronic visa (E-visa) is one of the visa types issued to foreigners by Vietnamese Immigration Department via electronic system. Vietnam E-visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days, single entry.

E-visa fee is paid via electronic payment gateway as prescribed by the Immigration Department. The fee will not be refunded if the application is refused.

List of Countries that allowed E-visa issuing

 

No

COUNTRY CODE

COUNTRY

1

AND

Andorra

2

ARG

Argentina

3

ARM

Armenia

4

AUS

Australia

5

AUT

Austria

6

AZE

Azerbaijan

7

BLR

Belarus

8

BEL

Belgium

 

9

BIH

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

10

BRA

Brazil

11

BRN

Bruney

12

BGR

Bulgaria

13

CAN

Canada

14

CHL

Chile

15

CHN

China

  • Including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders
  • Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders

16

COL

Colombia

17

HRV

Croatia

18

CUB

Cuba

19

CYP

Cyprus

20

CZE

Czech Republic

21

DNK

Denmark

22

EST

Estonia

23

FJI

Fiji

24

FIN

Finland

25

FRA

France

26

GEO

Georgia

27

D

Germany

28

GRC

Greece

29

HUN

Hungary

30

ISL

Iceland

31

IND

India

32

IRL

Ireland

33

ITA

Italy

34

JPN

Japan

35

KAZ

Kazakhstan

36

KOR

Korea (South)

37

LVA

Latvia

38

LIE

Liechtenstein

39

LTU

Lithuania

40

LUX

Luxembourg

41

MKD

Macedonia The former Yugoslav of

42

MLT

Malta

43

MHL

Marshall Islands

44

MEX

Mexico

45

FSM

Micronesia Federated States of

46

MDA

Moldova

47

MCO

Monaco

48

MNG

Mongolia

49

MNE

Montenegro

50

MMR

Myanmar

51

NRU

Nauru

52

NLD

Netherland

53

NZL

New Zealand

54

NOR

Norway

55

PLW

Palau

56

PAN

Panama

57

PNG

Papua New Guinea

58

PER

Peru

59

PHL

Philippines

60

POL

Poland

61

PRT

Portugal

62

QAT

Qatar

63

ROU

Romania

64

RUS

Russia

65

WSM

Samoa

66

SMR

San Marino

67

SRB

Serbia

68

SVK

Slovakia

69

SVN

Slovenia

70

SLB

Solomon Islands

71

ESP

Spain

72

SWE

Sweden

73

CHE

Switzerland

74

TLS

Timor Leste

75

ARE

United Arab Emirates

 

76

GBR

United Kingdom of Great Britain

and Northern Ireland

77

USA

United States of America

78

URY

Uruguay

79

VUT

Vanuatu

80

VEN

Venezuela

 

 

If you are in this list, you can get a Vietnam E-Visa for 1-month single entry visa and tourist or business purpose. If you stay over 1 month and multiple entries, a Vietnam visa on arrival is the best choice. 

List of Ports that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by E-visa.

 

STT (No.)

Vietnamese Port Name

Port Name

International airport

1

SBQT Cát Bi

Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)

2

SBQT Cam Ranh

Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)

3

SBQT Cần Thơ

Can Tho International Airport

4

SBQT Đà Nẵng

Da Nang International Airport

5

SBQT Nội Bài

Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)

6

Sân bay Phú Bài

Phu Bai International Airport

7

SBQT Phú Quốc

Phu Quoc International Airport

8

SBQT Tân Sơn Nhất

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)

Landport

9

Cửa khẩu Bờ Y

Bo Y Landport

10

Cửa khẩu Cha Lo

Cha Lo Landport

11

Cầu Treo

Cau Treo Landport

12

Hữu Nghị

Huu Nghi Landport

13

Hà Tiên

Ha Tien Landport

14

Lao Bảo

Lao Bao Landport

15

Lào Cai

Lao Cai Landport

16

CK La Lay

La Lay Landport

17

Mộc Bài

Moc Bai Landport

18

Móng Cái

Mong Cai Landport

19

Cửa khẩu Nậm Cắn

Nam Can Landport

20

Cửa khẩu Na Mèo

Na Meo Landport

21

Sông Tiền

Song Tien Landport

22

CK Tịnh Biên

Tinh Bien Landport

23

Cửa khẩu Tây Trang

Tay Trang Landport

24

CK Xa Mat

Xa Mat Landport

Seaport

25

Cảng Chân Mây

Chan May Seaport

26

Cửa khẩu Cảng Đà Nẵng

Da Nang Seaport

27

Cảng Dương Đông

Duong Dong Seaport

28

Cảng Hòn Gai

Hon Gai Seaport

29

Cảng Hải Phòng

Hai Phong Seaport

30

Cảng Nha Trang

Nha Trang Seaport

31

Cảng Quy Nhơn

Quy Nhon Seaport

32

Cảng TP.Hồ Chí Minh

Ho Chi Minh City Seaport

33

Cảng Vũng Tàu

Vung Tau Seaport

 

Conditions for being granted e-visa:

  • Outside Vietnam foreigners;
  • Holding valid passport;
  • Not falling into the cases of suspension from entry prescribed in Article 21 of Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.

Notes:

E-visa holders in Vietnam may be considered to get new visas if being invited/guaranteed by authority/organization/individual in Vietnam in accordance with Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.

Foreigners who enter Vietnam must comply with Vietnamese law.

Inviting/guaranteeing foreigners in accordance with section 1, Article 16, Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam; can be applied through electronic systems.

Notice: Foreigners falling into the cases prescribed in Clauses 1, 2, 3 and 4, Article 8 of the Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through and residence in Vietnam, shall not apply for e-visa on this Website. They should send visa applications via the inviting or guaranteeing agencies and organizations to the competent agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

For other details related to Vietnam visa, please feel free to contact us via email: support@applyvietnamvisa.org or call at hotline: (+84).899.33.12.12 

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