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The National Assembly agrees to increase the duration of electronic visas (e-visas) to 90 days

 
On the morning of June 24, with 95.14% of delegates in favor, the National Assembly passed a bill amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Exit and Entry of Vietnamese citizens and the Law on Entry, Exit and Transit. foreigner's situation and residence in Vietnam.
 
Accordingly, the duration of electronic visas (e-visas) will be increased from 30 to 90 days. The Government shall decide on the list of countries and territories where citizens are granted; list of international border gates that allow foreigners to enter and exit by e-visa.
 
After being granted an e-visa, a foreigner can enter and exit an unlimited number of times within 90 days without having to go through a new visa procedure.
 
The law also allows citizens of countries that are unilaterally exempted from visas by Vietnam to be granted temporary residence for 45 days (previously 15 days) and be considered for visa issuance and temporary residence extension as prescribed.
 
Presenting the previous report on acquisition and explanation, according to Chairman of the National Assembly's Committee for National Defense and Security Le Tan Toi, allowing procedures to be carried out in the electronic environment will promote efficiency in management. exit and entry activities and create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese and foreigners.
 
The procedure is simple and convenient, foreigners do not have to go to Vietnam's representative offices abroad, do not have to go through the procedures to apply for a visa through an intermediary. In addition, the issuance of e-visas is done through pre-approval, so compared to unilateral visa exemption, the issuance of e-visas will help immigration authorities to screen groups of people who are not eligible to enter the country  to meet management requirements.
 
Regarding the proposal to increase the temporary residence period for foreigners who are exempt from visas to 60 days or 90 days, the National Assembly Standing Committee said that countries such as Thailand and Singapore are applying a visa-free policy with a duration of up to 90 days, temporary stay up to 45 days, 90 days.
 
The unilateral extension of the visa exemption period to 45 days is the average in the region, thereby improving Vietnam's competitiveness in attracting tourists, helping them to take the initiative in time and schedule to visit and relax. nursing. Therefore, the National Assembly Standing Committee proposed to the National Assembly to keep the draft as submitted by the Government.
 
The law came into force on August 15, 2023. Entry and exit papers issued to citizens before the effective date of this Law are valid until the expiration of the duration stated in the entry and exit documents. In case a citizen applies for an entry and exit document but has not been granted one when this Law takes effect, the provisions of the Law on Exit and Entry of Vietnamese citizens No. 49/2019/QH14 will continue to apply and handle.
 
In case a foreigner has been granted an electronic visa or entered the country under a unilateral visa exemption scheme or applied for an electronic visa but has not yet been granted an e-visa when this Law takes effect, the provisions of this Law shall continue to apply. Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam No. 47/2014/QH13 has been amended and supplemented with a number of articles according to Law No. 51/2019/QH14.


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