December 11, 2015
Legislators in Vietnam today approved a proposal allowing US citizens to obtain visas for one year instead of 30-90 days. The Standing Committee of the National Assembly approved the request from Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
The US had been in discussions requesting extended visa authorizations long before Vietnam joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Since Vietnam achieved membership into the TPP last month, and all eleven other countries in the TPP are granted one-year visas into Vietnam, the US received the same opportunity.
Vietnam Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh met with John Kerry the US State Department last year to discuss the issue along with the increased US visitor statistics to his country. In 2014, 443,776 US citizens visited Vietnam, and the Tourism Minister anticipates over one million US visitors during the next two years.
US travel to Vietnam, whether for leisure or business benefits myriad streams of growth for the Vietnamese economy. Being allowed one-year visas opens up a new world of opportunity for citizens of both countries.