Vietnam waives visa for 5 more European countries from 1st July 2015
It is such the good news for citizens of 5 countries namely United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain that they are no longer required a visa for Vietnam since 1st July, 2015. It is also great new for those who works in Vietnam tourism indutry after their one–year efforts to make proposals for the Government to waives visa for as much countries as possible.
With the hope to attract more volumne of international tourists to Vietnam, especially from European countries, The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung sign the agreement to waives visa for 5 more Enropean countries on 17th July, 2015, including United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The unilateral visa exemption for 5 European countries is expected to create good favor for citizens of those country to travel to Vietnam and then will play an important role in increasing number of tourists from those countries. The decision is welcomed by travel agencies and tour operators.
The policy is set to become effective from July 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016. Accordingly, all citizens of these countries are permitted to enter Vietnam without a visa for 15 days regardless of purpose of visit, kind of passport.
Normally, a lot of travellers plan their trips as flying to Ho Chi Minh city from their country for a few days then catch a bus to Cambodia and return to Ho Chi Minh. However, please keep in mind that there is a restriction on the time duration between your two entries if you use the visa exemption. It is important to take note that there must be a gap of at least 30 days between two entries if the visitors want to re-enter Vietnam under the visa waiver program. In other words, if you would like to entry Vietnam for multiple time in 30 days, you can only use the exempted visa for once and apply for a new visa for the next entries as normal.
Another note that you should also not to forget is getting a visa extension or renewal within Vietnam is no longer a simple process like obtaining a visa on arrival. It is a matter of time-consuming and expensiveness. The fee of extension visa is much more higher than getting a pre-arranged visa letter. The advice here is make your trip plan carefully before you go. In case, you are not sure that 15-day stay is good enough for you to discovery Vietnam, we recommend you to arrange a 1 month or 3 month entry visa prior to the trip, which is less time-consuming, more convenient, and more economical.
There are currently 2 options for getting a visa to Vietnam for applicants from Europe: you can either submit paper application at embassy/ consulate and collect the visa there, or apply online for visa approval via a reputable travel agent to be qualified for picking up the visa on arrival at port of entry. For detailed guidance in how to get a Vietnam visa for European citizens, please refer to this page.
With addition of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Vietnam has raised the number of countries that eligible for Vietnam visa exemption from 16 to 21 countries. Please enter here to see full list of countries granted visa-free access to Vietnam and read procedure to get certificate of visa exemption valid for 5 years.
Any questions about Vietnam visa for European citizens please send to [email protected]. Or you can call us at +84 966 53 93 63. We will get back to you as soon as possible.