From August 15 2023, Russian tourists will be able to stay in Vietnamese resorts for up to 45 days without obtaining a visa. The innovation increases the existing visa-free travel by 3 times.
Also, the period of stay in Vietnam with e-visa has been increased from 30 to 90 days. There is a possibility of registration of multiple entries.
Foreigners can enter the country with e-visas via 13 airports. Among them is Cam Ranh, via which Russians usually fly to the resorts of Nha Trang, as well as Phu Quoc, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. 16 land and 13 sea border points are also opened for tourists.
According to Vietnamese media, the country hopes that the new visa policy will give a big boost to inbound tourism. In the past high winter season, the resort infrastructure of popular destinations - in Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc - could not recover, despite the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
In the absence of direct air links with Russia, tourists need to spend about a day on flights to Vietnam through the third countries. After the launch of the flight program from Irkutsk to Hanoi in June, IrAero also announced the preparation of flights to Cam Ranh Airport from Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.