All Your Queries on Vietnam Visa Answered

The process of getting a Vietnam Visa is quick and really easy if you have all the details ready of your trip.

The country is popular tourist destination and ranks third in terms of the top 10 countries with a considerable increase in the number of tourists. From varied landscape, to the world famous UNESCO heritage sites, Vietnam is one of the most affordable countries making it a much sought-after destination.

There are three different ways to apply for the Vietnamese visa:
•    Get directly at the Vietnam embassy
•    VOA (Visa on Arrival) – which can be applied through an agent
•    E-visa – Vietnam visa online

Depending on the purpose of travel, duration, mode of travel, and convenience, you can choose any of the above types of Visa.

Basic information about Vietnam Visa

Vietnam Tourist Visa has a validity of 90 days (3 months) for both single and multiple entry. One year multiple entry visa for Vietnam is available only for the US passport holders.

Where should you inquire about the Vietnamese Visa approval letter? The ‘Visa approval letter’ is issued by Vietnam Immigration Department that is an official authorization that lets you enter and exit the country within the limited time frame. With the approval letter, you can enter the country through three international airports in Vietnam – Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

At the airport, the official person will authorize the person to enter the country. As long the details are correct, there are very rare instances of your visa getting denied upon arrival in the country with the approval letter. However, it is strongly advised that you should have a clear study of the website and abide by all the instructions carefully to shun problems or delays at the airport.

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All You Need to Know about Visa on Arrival

Usually, the approval letter is processed and emailed with two business days.  For urgent cases, you can also get same day processing (must be a working day). For Next Day Processing (Working day), you will be sent the letter of approval by 18:00 PM on the following (next) working day.

For both of these, the processing time does not apply for Friday afternoon (after 12.00 PM) and for Saturday and Sunday. Also, do not forget to consider the time difference between Vietnam and your country.

Know about the exception

Vietnam visa on arrival is not valid for overland entry. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), and Danang Airport (Da Nang) are the three airports from where you can collect the visa stamp letter. For those who will enter Vietnam by land or cruise, they have to arrange it from Vietnamese embassy.

Quick tips on Vietnam Visa

•    Passport scan is not required for an online visa application in general cases
•    Bring at least 2 photos of standard passport size (04*06 cm)
•    Your passport must have at least 6-month’s validity to get a visa in Vietnam
•    The arrival date you provide should be the earliest you plan to arrive (the visa letter which is valid from Jan 1– Feb 1 will allow you to enter any time after Jan 1 but you must leave the country by Feb 1)
•    You can request for the 1 day to 6 months in advance for the Vietnamese visa application

Visa expense

The cost is dependent on the type and length of the visa. At present, there are two types of fees required to pay - the stamping fee (which is paid directly at Vietnam’s airport when you collect the visa on showing the approval letter) + the service fee for the approval letter (which is paid in advance).

At Present, either you can pay for the Visa fees with Debit or Credit cards and use PAYPAL for paying the fees for the approval letter service. They can also accept the MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, American Express, and JCB.

Did your credit card decline even with the correct number? Find out if:
•  The card expiration date was incorrectly entered
•  Your credit limit has reached
•  There was any issue with the computer or links
•  Your Master Secure Code or Visa Verified password was correctly entered

Which Countries Are Exempted from the Vietnam Visa?

The nationals of the following 24 countries do not require visa for a certain limited duration of visit to the country. Is your country listed? Find out here:

List of Countroes
The Maximum Duration of Visa-Free Stay
 Passport and Proof of Departure Required
Brunei
14 Days
Yes
Myanmar
14 Days
Yes
Belarus
15 Days
Yes
Denmark
15 Days
Yes
Finland
15 Days
Yes
France
15 Days
Yes
Germany
15 Days
Yes
Italy
15 Days
Yes
Japan
15 Days
Yes
Norway
15 Days
Yes
Russia
15 Days
Yes
South Korea
15 Days
Yes
Spain
15 Days
Yes
Sweden
15 Days
Yes
United Kingdom
15 Days
Yes
Philippines
21 Days
Yes
Cambodia
30 Days
Yes
Indonesia
30 Days
Yes
Kyrgyzstan
30 Days
Yes
Laos
30 Days
Yes
Malaysia
30 Days
Yes
Singapore
30 Days
Yes
Thailand
30 Days
Yes
Chile
90 Days
Yes

Through many agents like evisa.com.vn or Vietnam-evisa.org or the hotel concierge, tourists can apply for their visa.

Generally, the following information will be required for online application of visa:
•    arrival and exit date
•    port of entry
•    type of visa
•    applicants names as in passport and their passport number


Pro Tips

The international airports that accept E-visa at entry and exit are:
Cat Bi Int Airport (Hai Phong), Can Tho International Airport, Da Nang International Airport, Cam Ranh Int Airport (Khanh Hoa), Noi Bai Int Airport (Ha Noi), Phu Quoc International Airport, Tan Son Nhat Int Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Phu Bai Int Airport.
•    Make sure to check the spellings and dates on the approval letter and visa as soon as you receive it.   
•    Carry Vietnamese Dong or USD cash for the visa fees. No other currency will be accepted.


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