VIETNAM VISA INFORMATION
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- Not more than 30
days: for citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore,
Indonesia and Laos.
- Not more than 15
days: for citizens of Japan and South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark,
(Vietnamese diplomatic and official
passport holders are exempted from visa requirements to enter Japan).
- French citizens holding valid diplomatic passports are exempt from
visa requirements when visiting Vietnam and are allowed to stay for up
3 months at one time or on several visits within six months since
their first immigration dates. Vietnamese citizens holding valid
diplomatic passports also enjoy similar privileges.
- Citizens of
Chile and Vietnam holding valid diplomatic or official passports from
one of the two countries are exempt from needing entry, exit and
transit visas in the other's territory and are allowed to stay for up
60 days on each visit.
Phuquoc Island lures tourists with visa exemptions
Prime Minister has issued a decision on entry and exit procedures for
foreign visitor to Phuquoc Island in southern Kiengiang Province on
Accordingly, foreigners and
Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who want to enter and
stay in Phuquoc Island for less than 15 days will be exempt from visa
application. Those who enter Vietnam through an international border
gate and then travel to Phuquoc Island will also be exempt from visa
application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days.
After arriving in Phuquoc Island, if visitors want to travel other
localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the
immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on
(Source: Voice of Vietnam)
Visa no longer needed to enter Phuquoc by sea
is not only a beautiful island but also one of the most interesting
places to visit in Vietnam. With a new regulation granted by the Prime
Minister exempting visa requirements for international tourists,
Phuquoc is opening up to welcome international cruise ships to the
onwards, international tourists visiting Phuquoc
no longer need to pass through Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat
International Airport. The Saigon-Phuquoc
Resort could receive international travellers by sea and the
Coco-Explore cruise ship with some 150 international visitors from
Thailand and Cambodia now anchors at Phuquoc
Island every Tuesday.
This is because of the new regulation simplifying the entry/exit
procedures. Under them, visitors coming to Phuquoc
by sea only go through entry procedures at the border gate. Visitors
have to present passports that are valid for at least 45 days. By air,
they have to complete the procedure at the international airport and
take another plane to Phuquoc.
To get a place on the cruise ship, travellers have to make
reservations a month or two in advance through C&C Travel Co. in
Denmark, owner of Coco-Explore.
Phung Xuan Mai, the Saigon-Phuquoc Resort’s
Director, said the resort has signed a long-term agreement with cruise
ship owners on accommodation and other services such as one-day tours
to explore the island and activities such as fishing, scuba diving and
The most popular activities so far have been exploring the desert
island, scuba diving to see euphorbia, sea sports and cooking classes
by Vietnamese chefs.
For the cooking classes, the chefs will take visitors to the market,
showing how to choose foods and spices. The cooking will start later
and afterwards, the visitors can enjoy the meal they just cooked.
In the coming days, the Saigon-Phuquoc
Resort will make tours to Phuquoc available
for international tourists who come to Vietnam through the
international airports in Hanoi, Saigon and Danang.
Vietnam officially joins APEC Business Travel Card
Businesspeople from a number of
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies will be
granted easier access to enter Vietnam as the country has officially
joined the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) programme.
to this effect was signed by Bui Dinh Dinh, Head of the Consular
Department under the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry in Gyeongju, the
Republic of Korea, on September 9, 2005.
Under the programme, ABTC holders will be able to be exempted from
visa and resident registration procedures. They can use express
immigration lanes at airports, come in and out of ABTC members and
stay for at least 60 days each visit.
Using ATBC, Vietnamese businesses can make business journeys to other
ABTC participating economies and vice versa, businesses from ABTC
members will be provided with favorable conditions when entering and
staying in Vietnam.
The Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam is to grant ABTC to
business people in 2006 as the country will play the host of the 2006
The ABTC was initiated by Australia in 1996 and has been applied in
three founding member countries - namely Australia, the RoK and the
Philippines - since 1997. So far, 17 APEC member economies have joined
the ABTC programme, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, China, Hong
Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the RoK, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New
Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and
(Source: Vietnam News Agency)
Citizens from four European countries given visa exemption
Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish citizens will be exempted from
requiring visas as of May 1 when they enter, exit or stay in Viet Nam
for less than 15 days.
No. 808/2005/QD-BNG issued by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on April
13 stipulates that these countries' citizens must have valid passports
for at least three months since they enter Viet Nam, return tickets or
tickets for a third country. This does not apply to those who have
been banned from entering or have not been allowed to enter Viet Nam
under Vietnamese laws.
After entering Viet Nam, if they want to stay more than 15 days, and
have a valid reason as laid out by Vietnamese agencies, organizations
and individuals for the Ministry of Public Security and the Foreign
Ministry, they will be required to have a visa.
(Source: Vietnam News Agency)
Vietnam-Japan visa exemption to take effect
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy
Nien and his Japanese counterpart Nobutaka Machimura exchanged
diplomatic notes to this effect in Tokyo, on March 8th.Vietnamese and
Japanese diplomatic and official passport holders will be exempted
from visa requirements as of May 1st.
Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or official
passports entering Japan and Vietnam to implement diplomatic, consular
missions or the Government’s official tasks and their family members
living with them in the same household and also holding diplomatic or
official passports are exempted from entry visa with no concern about
their period of stay.
2. Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or
official passports entering Japan and Vietnam for the purposes
different from that mentioned in Article 1 are exempted from entry
visa and permitted to stay within 90 days.
3. The entry visa exemption mentioned in Article 2 does not apply for
those who enter the country to look for a job, ask for permanent
residence, do professional work or other jobs, and participate in
money-making public entertainment activities (including sports).
4. The exemption will take effect on May 1, 2005.
Visa exemption agreements between Vietnam, France, Chile to come into
Agreements on visa
exemptions for diplomatic passport holders Vietnam has signed with
France will come into effect on July 1st.
A similar agreement, which will begin on June 25th,
also includes official passport holders in the beneficiary list. The
Foreign Ministry announced the information on June 1st.
Under the agreement
signed by Vietnam and France on October 6th,
2004, Vietnamese citizens holding valid diplomatic passports are
exempt from visa requirements when visiting France and are allowed to
stay for up 3 months at one time or on several visits within six
months since their first immigration dates.
French citizens holding valid diplomatic passports also enjoy similar
privileges. Under the agreement signed by Vietnam and Chile on
2003, citizens holding
valid diplomatic or official passports from one of the two countries
are exempt from needing entry, exit and transit visas in the other's
territory and are allowed to stay for up 60 days on each visit.
(Source: Vietnam News Agency)