Mistakes you make when applying a Vietnamese visa on arrival

Vietnam Visa Government

When you visit to Vietnam, you getting Vietnam visa is required for all purposes. Vietnam visa on arrival is popular with travelers around the world for its simplicity and convenience. However, there are some mistakes you have to be noticed about:

Vietnam visa on arrival is apply for all kind of visa, except for Diplomatic Passport Holders. To get a visa for Vietnam for this kind of visa, the only way is through a travel agent in Vietnam as it can’t be directly applied with Vietnam Immigration Department. Although Vietnam visa on arrival is the choice of almost travelers, it is only applicable for those who entering Vietnam in airway. In case you want to visit Vietnam by land, sea, you can apply for visa at Vietnam Embassy in your country.

About the process of applying for Vietnam visa on arrival, please access www.vietnamvisa.org.vn to fill your information exactly in the online visa application. It will take few hours (urgent case) or 1 – 2 working days to process your application. After that, you will receive the Letter of Approval which is issued by Vietnam Immigration Department as an official permission allowing you to board the flight to Vietnam and get Vietnam visa onto at Vietnam arrival airport.

All the cost you will have to pay is service fee and stamping fee. The fee is varied depending on the type of visa, the number of applications and the processing time. For details, please refer to the website http://www.vietnamvisa.org.vn/visa-fees/ or check out this table below:

Cost/Person(USD) Standard Processing Stamping Fee
1-2 pax 3-5 pax 6-9 pax 10 upward
Single entry 1 month 16 14 12 11 $25
3 months 27 24 22 20 $25
Multiple entry 1 month 20 18 17 14 $50
3 months 55 53 51 46 $50
1 year (US passports only) 55 53 51 46 $135

The things need to be prepared to get visa stamped onto the passport at airport such as: the Approval Letter, the Vietnam visa application form, the photos and the cash to pay for stamping fee. If you forget to bring photos or Arrival Letter before your trip, there is an extra money (around 2 – 5 USD) you will have to pay for being taken photos by Immigration Officers & a lot of money to print out Arrival Letter so just be noted.

Other things needed to be aware such as:

  • The original passport must be valid at least six months
  • You should make sure that there are at least two blank pages in your passports.
  • The photos provided to process the visa procedure have to be taken within six months form the date of travel.
  • Please make sure that all information is correct, because if there is any difference in the information, the approval letter will be invalid. As a result, you will be not allowed to enter Vietnam.
  • Although Vietnam visa on arrival will take only a few days to process the application; it is highly recommended to apply for Vietnam visa at least one month before the travel date.

For other suggestion about the preparation of your trip to Vietnam, please contact us for further assistance.



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