The proposal will be submitted to the National Assembly by the end of 2023
Vietnam Cabinet of Ministers approved the extension of the period of visa-free stay in the country from 15 to 45 days for citizens of a number of countries, including Russia, as well as the issuance of electronic visas for up to three months, the Vietnam News portal reports.
Topics on the agenda include extending tourist visas to three months and making it easier for Vietnamese citizens to apply for foreign entry visas.
Prime Minister Phum Minh Chin stressed the need for more effective facilitation entry and exit procedures during the legislative session in Hanoi on Monday.
The Prime Minister said that the majority of cabinet members agreed with the proposal to increase the validity of e-visas to 90 days (from the current 30 days) for single and multiple entry, issuing e-visas to citizens of all countries and territories (with a list of government decisions) and to increase the duration of the temporary stay for persons entering the country under visa-free categories, from 15 to 45 days.
The list of countries includes: Russia, Belarus, Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, South Korea and Japan.
The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Public Security, together with other ministries and departments, to prepare amendments and additions to a number of articles of the Law on the Exit and Entry of Vietnamese Citizens and the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and residence of foreigners in Viet Nam.
The proposal will be submitted to the National Assembly for inclusion in the Law and Regulation Program before the end of 2023.
Prime Minister Chin said that amending the Citizenship Law is very important because it greatly affects the rights and interests of the people.