As reported, on April 28, 2016, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam proposed a 30-day visa exemption for UK passport holders and those holding France, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of 15-day exemption at that time. However, on July 1, 2016, the Government issued the Resolution No. 56/ND-CP which approved 15-day Vietnam visa exemption for those citizens for one year until June 30, 2017. Its details can be found at http://vietnam-visa.co.uk/uk-citizens-get-15-day-vietnam-visa-exemption-for-further-1-year/.
Why the proposed 30-day visa exemption for UK and others is not approved?
As under the current Law on Entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam (Law No. 47/2014/QH13) adopted by the National Assembly on June 16, 2014, its chapter VI, “Temporary Residence” section, article 31, point d states that “the duration of temporary residence permits issued to nationals of the countries to which Vietnam unilaterally grants visa-free entry shall be 15 days”.