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A valid visa is required for citizens of most countries to visit Vietnam. There are some exceptions, which are mentioned in the quick facts below. For tourism purposes, we suggest you to consider the recently launched 30 days e-visa as it is most convenient and money-saving.
Most people need a visa in order to enter Vietnam, unless they are coming from one of the visa-exempt countries. There are three ways of obtaining such a visa:
While there are advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these, we recommend the e-visa as the best option for tourists considering a trip to Vietnam.
You can apply for a visa through the local Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate either in person or by mail. To do this, you need to fill out and sign an application form, sending it along with your passport and a passport photo.
The advantage of applying this way is that you already have the visa stamped in your passport before leaving for Vietnam, which means you do not need to queue on arrival for your passport to get stamped.
The application process is not the most convenient, however, especially for people who do not live near a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Moreover, the fees vary depending on the Embassy or Consulate, and the processing time is longer.
Applying for an e-visa is our recommended option for tourists as it is most convenient and cost-effective. However, please note that this visa is only for visitors visiting for less than 30 days. Longer-term visitors will need to consider the other two options.
Please Note that the arrival port must be the same on the documents issued by Immigration Department. If you are to change the arrival port after receiving your E-visa, you should contact them to amend the information on the documents to avoid any issue on the ground. Check the 28 available entrance points to make sure you can enter Vietnam with your E-visa.
As this kind of visa is very new, we suggest that visitors contact with Vietnamese Immigration Department via electronic system if having any queries or take a look at the E-visa Frequently Asked Questions.
Visa on Arrival is a viable option with various advantages. With Visa on Arrival, you can apply for longer-term and multiple-entry visas, and you do not need to go in person to the Embassy, or apply by post. You just need to submit an online application and get a pre-approval letter.
We do not, however, recommend it to short-term tourists, for two reasons.
Firstly, it is more costly, as you need to pay a service fee to the service provider (the amount varies according to the type of visa and the service provider), as well a stamping fee upon arrival in Vietnam (which costs at least USD 25).
Secondly, upon arrival you need to queue for your passport to be stamped with the visa.
Examples of Service Fees (govietnamvisa.com)
|Type of Visa||Service Fee (US dollars): Tourist/Business Visa||Stamping Fee (US dollars)|
|1-year multiple-entry||560/ 600||135|
*Please note that this pricing table is only a sample from one service provider; the service fee varies from provider to provider.
Based on the information, we recommend the e-visa as the most suitable and cost-effective for tourists.
|Option 1: Through Embassy or Consulate||Option 2: E-Visa||Option 3: Visa on Arrival|
|Mode of transport||Travel to Vietnam by any means of transport.||Travel to Vietnam by any means of transport for up to 28 entrance points; only citizens of 40 countries.||Travel to Vietnam by air only.|
|Type|| 1-month single/multiple-entry |
|1-month single-entry|| 1-month single/multiple-entry |
6-month multiple entry
|Cost||Depends on the Embassy/ Consulate||USD 25, non-refundable||Depends on visa type and service provider Upon arrival have to pay stamping-fee of at least USD 25|
|Application Process||Completed application form with signature and photo, plus passport||Online application form||Online application form|
|Waiting Time Upon Arrival||Don’t need to have your visa stamped upon arrival.||Don’t need to have your visa stamped upon arrival.||Need to wait in line at the arrival airport to get your visa stamped.|
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