80% visa fee hike for visitors to Vietnam

VIETNAMESE authorities are raising visa fees for incoming travellers with effect from January 1, 2013, said a report on the local government’s online news platform.

According to a circular from the Ministry of Finance, fees for single-entry visas for foreigners and Vietnamese residing abroad will be increased to US$45 from US$25.

Multiple-entry visas will be divided into three categories with validities of one month, six months and more than six months, which will cost US$65, US$95 and US$135 respectively.

Citizens of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are currently not required to apply for travel visas when visiting Vietnam. As well, visa fees are waived for citizens of Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.

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