At the moment, all UK citizens do not need a Vietnamese visa for their stay of no more than 30 days in the country provided that their arrival date is not within 30 days from their last exit date of stay with visa exemption.
However, this policy is valid until June 30th, 2016 only, just 2 months to its expiration.
Yesterday, April 28, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister, requesting the Vietnamese Government to consider continuing exemption of Vietnam visa for UK citizens as well as for citizens of Spain, France, Germany and Italy for further 5 years. The Ministry also proposed to extend validity of their visa exemption from current 15 days to 30 days.
The proposal, if approved, will allow citizens of those countries to travel to Vietnam without having to apply for a visa and stay for a maximum of 30 days.
According to the Ministry, after almost 10 months of implementation of the 15-day visa exemption policy for citizens of UK and 5 other countries, consisting of Belarus, Spain, France, Germany and Italy, the number of visitors to Vietnam from those markets increased steadily.
Currently, UK citizens who wish to stay in Vietnam for more than 15 days are highly recommended to obtain a Vietnam visa as visa exemption extension fee may be costly and time-consuming.