Finance Ministry alters visa fees to boost tourism, effective from November 23.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) issued Circular No. 157/2015/TT-BTC recently, prescribing the regime on the collection, management, and use of fees for passports, visas, and papers for entry, exit, transit, and residence in Vietnam. The circular features many changes relating to foreigners and overseas Vietnamese.
Single-entry visas have been cut from $45 to $25, to conform to the government’s policy of encouraging tourism activities and bringing visa fees in line with those of other countries in the region.
Multiple-entry visas for periods of less than three months are now $50, down from $95, which are generally issued to people attending conferences and seminars or traveling.
Visas of less than 15 days for foreigners with a visa exemption who exit the country and then return within 30 days have been considered high at $45, according to the Ministry of Public Security, and have now been brought down to $5.
Visas valid from three to six months and over six months remain unchanged, at $95 and $135, respectively. The Circular also includes additional terms, including visas from one to two years, for $145, and from two to five years, for $155.
Fees for switching a valid visa from an old passport to a new passport have been cut from $15 to $5. A temporary residence card valid from one to two years has increased from $100 to $145, while those valid from two to five years are now $155, up from $120.
Fees are to be collected in VND. Fees stated in USD may be collected in USD or in VND at the average inter-bank foreign exchange rate announced by the State Bank of Vietnam at the time the fee is collected.
The new fee schedule will take effect from November 23, 2015, and replace those contained in Circular No. 66/2009/TT-BTC.