e-Visa for Vietnam 2017

According to news I've just read on LinkedIn....

Vietnam plans to introduce e-visa next year as part of the government's effort to attract more tourists and boost the tourism industry.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Tuesday that the government will allocate up to VND200 billion (US$9 million) for developing the e-visa system.

He asked the public security ministry to make sure the system will start operating on Jan. 1, 2017.

The ministries of finance, public security and foreign affairs are assigned with working out the e-visa fees and ensure that foreign tourists are warmly welcomed in the country.

The prime minister approved the establishment of a tourism development fund to support promotion activities, develop products and human resources, and enhance the sector’s institutional capacity.

He also asked relevant ministries to reinforce the management of the tourism environment to "turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector."

The World Economic Forum ranked Vietnam 75th out of 141 countries in its 2015 report of Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index.

Currently, a Vietnamese tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival at the country's international airports, or through Vietnamese embassies or consulates.

Vietnam has waived visas for tourists from 22 countries and territories.

The industry served 5.5 million foreign visitors in the first half of this year, a rise of 24 percent year on year, together with 38.2 million domestic tourists.

Vietnam targets to attract 10 million to 10.5 million international visitors by 2020, with tourism revenue reaching $18 billion to $19 billion each year.

5 months until they plan to implement this? That is quite optimistic on their part. I look forward to the madness with a new system.

Yes I agree...its does seem a bit optimistic..just hope they don't cut corners to meet the deadline and then have to deal with all the consequences of that after!!!

A 1-party system anything can be implemented by next day.

khanh44 :

A 1-party system anything can be implemented by next day.

System being the the infrastructure needed, not the law or rules of the e-visa.
What about the building the system? Testing the system? Securing the system? A 1-party system does not wave a magic wand to create a complex online e-visa system by the next day.

In theory they can have the e-visa system out tomorrow if they wanted to. Complexity or not. Users can complain about bugs until they are blue in the face.

They don't care about our private info being accessible to others like in Western countries.

That's the 1-party system not being accountable to anyone.

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