Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Vietnam to Exempt Visa for Citizens from 13 Countries Since 15th Mar 2022

The Vietnam Government issued a resolution on visa exemption for citizens of the 13 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus, effective from March 15th 2022.


These countries already enjoyed visa exemption unilaterally offered by Vietnam since the end of 2019. However, because of the Covid-19 epidemic, the exemption had been revoked for some period. Now it is restored.

According to the resolution, citizens of the above countries are allowed to enter Vietnam for a period of 15 days without a visa, regardless of passport type and entry purpose. The duration of effect is 3 years (until March 14, 2025) and may be extended after that.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, Vietnam exempted visas unilaterally for 13 countries and bilaterally for 88 countries and territories. 

The authorities are also considering to lessen the Covid-related requirements on international tourists. 

In particular, it is proposed that tourists could enter the country with a negative test result for nCoV by rapid test method within 24 hours OR by RT-PCR method within 72 hours before departure; quarantine should not be required upon arrival, as long as another local negative test shall be made to ensure the visitors virus-free. 

So, let's make it simple: you make a test before departure and another one upon arrival, if negative then you can go freely.

Another softened requirement under consideration is that tourists may travel on their own, not under the umbrella of a travel agent as currently required.

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