VN Government Approves E-visa for Foreign Visitors - News on 19th October 2016


1) VN Govt approves e-visa for foreign visitors

The Government has approved the granting of electronic visa for foreign visitors to Vietnam from early next year, said the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT).

In the initial phase, e-visa will be issued on a trial basis for tourists from major source markets of Vietnam’s tourism sector, a source from the VNAT told the Daily. However, the Government has not chosen what markets for the trial run, the source said.

International arrivals in Vietnam last year totaled over 7.94 million, with most of them coming from China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, the U.S., Russia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia, shows data of VNAT.

Among those major markets, Vietnam has offered visa exemptions for tourists from…

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2) Route reconstruction faces financial difficulties

Heavy rainfall and floods over the last few days have damaged several national and provincial routes in the northern province of Bắc Kạn. Reconstruction work is progressing slowly.

Landslides were reported at several places on the National Route 3B stretch that runs from the province’s Ngọc Phái Commune to Tuyên Quang Province.

The Kéo Mác and Ba Bồ passes are the most damaged, with a landslide volume of up to tens of thousands of cubic metres of soil and rocks

Though the stretch was built earlier this year…

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3) Gas traders claim compensation

Some 800 small and medium sized gas trading companies have submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh on gas trading requirements.

They have asked to maintain the current regulations on requirements for gas trading under Decree No. 19/2016/NĐ-CP.

The businesses proposed that if the government reduces the requirements, they would claim compensation for the several billions of đồng they had invested in gas infrastructure.

Recently, several gas traders complained about shortcomings in the decree, leading to difficulties. They said the decree’s regulations stipulating that gas companies…

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4) Arsenic-tainted fish sauce safe for humans: experts

An anonymous donor funded a survey that found high levels of arsenic in Vietnamese fish sauce.

A newly-released survey by a consumer protection group is pointing to what it calls an alarming connection between high arsenic concentrations in fish sauce and harm to public health.

Health-conscious consumers are worried about the “high” levels of arsenic in the various samples of fish sauce tested.

The Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association, also known as Vinatas, said nearly 70 percent of the 150 tested samples of fish sauce, which were taken from different brands currently available on the market, exceeded the Health Ministry’s maximum limit…

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