Vietnam, Dominica Sign Visa Exemption Agreement
|At the signing ceremony of the agreement in New York. Photo: VNA|
The agreement was inked on September 22 by Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business, Trade and Energy of the Commonwealth of Dominica Vince Henderson, who were in New York to attend the high-level week of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
At a working session before the signing ceremony, the two ministers discussed and reached consensus on measures to bolster the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Commonwealth of Dominica, VietnamPlus reported.
Son highly valued the outcomes of Henderson’s visit to Vietnam in March, the first by an official of the Dominican Government in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 10th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations (November 1, 2013 - 2023).
The Vietnamese minister suggested both sides continue close coordination to carry out the agreed measures, while enhancing delegation exchanges, as well as encouraging and creating favorable conditions for enterprises of both nations to exchange information and seek cooperation opportunities.
|The agreement is inked on September 22 by Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business, Trade and Energy of the Commonwealth of Dominica Vince Henderson. Photo: VNA|
Both sides should consider the acceleration of negotiations on economic and trade deals such as a double taxation avoidance agreement, and cooperation pacts in the fields of science, technology, education, and agriculture, thus making contributions to the development of the bilateral ties, Son added.
For his part, Henderson said Dominica always treasures and wants to intensify its relations with Vietnam, and spoke highly of the coordination between the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of the Commonwealth of Dominica in Ho Chi Minh City in the arrangement of his visit to Vietnam, as well as the acceleration of procedures for the signing of the agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
He described the agreement as an important step in bilateral relations and expressed his hope that, with the efforts of both nations, the Dominica-Vietnam ties will witness breakthrough development steps in the future.
The two ministers also agreed to boost coordination and support each other at multilateral forums, especially at the UN, in addition to promoting cooperation between Vietnam and countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and between Dominica and other ASEAN member states./.
The Government on August 14 issued Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP amending Resolution No. 32/NQ-CP dated March 15, 2022, regarding visa exemption for citizens of certain countries, according to Nhan dan (People) Newspaper.
Accordingly, citizens from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus could stay in Vietnam for 45 days instead of 15 days since their entry, regardless of passport type or purpose of entry if they meet entry requirements in line with Vietnam law.
The Resolution took effect on August 15.
The Government has also issued Resolution No. 127/NQ-CP on the issuance of e-visas for citizens of countries and territories. The resolution also publishes a list of international border gates that allow foreign nationals to enter and exit using e-visas.
The Resolution, which replaces Resolution No. 79/NQ-CP dated May 25, 2020, and Resolution No.60/NQ-CP dated April 27, 2022, came into force on August 15./.
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