Vietnam Reduces Visa Fees For International Travellers

Some good news for international travellers travelling to Vietnam and still submitted to the payment of a visa: from November 23, visa fees will be reduced: it will cost only US$25 for a single-entry visa and US$50 for a visa valid for three months down from respectively US$45 and US$95. According to an official announcement from the Ministry of Finance, fees for a long-term visa fee will remain unchanged: visas valid from one year to two years will stay at US$145.

Some related-fees for visa issuance will also drop. For example, the transfer fees for valid visas and residence permits from old passports to new ones will fall from US$15 to US$5 and the fee for amending and supplementing visa contents will be removed instead of US$10.

With these changes, the fee for a single-entry visa will fall to the 2012 level. In early 2013, the fee rose to US$45 plus US$15-20 for visa procedures pushed tour prices up and sparked concerns among travel firms and hotels about its impact of international arrivals in the country. Nguyen Thi Khanh, vice chairwoman of the HCMC Tourism Association, told the Daily on October 13 that the move would help attract more international visitors to Vietnam.

Last July, the Government granted a 15-day visa exemption for passport holders from five European countries, namely the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. But the visa waiver is not enough since the period is short for visitors to travel around Vietnam and to neighbouring countries.Ho Chi Minh City tourism association is now seeking aproval from the Government to extend the visa-free period for citizens of these five European countries to 30 days.