Vietnam is going to change the visa application to a digitally apply. The change is part of several plans to attract more tourists to the Southeast Asian country.
Vietnam has earmarked about 200 billion Vietnamese dong (over 8 million euro) for the plan of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
The system should be effective from January 1, 2017, writes Thanh Nien Daily. The Ministries of Finance, Public Security and Foreign Affairs are in charge of the plan for the e-visas. Currently, a tourist can get a visa on arrival at the international airport or at Vietnamese embassies and consulates.
Tourists from 23 countries, including France, Spain and Great Britain do not need a visa to Vietnam under the so-called visa waiver program. For Dutch and Belgians a visa is mandatory.
In the first half of 2016 already 5,5 million foreign tourists visited the country. The goal of Vietnam is to withdraw between 10 and 10.5 million tourists to the country by 2020. As expected it delivers the tourism sector between 16.1 and 17 billion euros.