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3 Feb

How to apply for Vietnam visa

Vietnam visa is required for all foreigners who wish to visit Vietnam except for citizens of countries having agreement on visa exemption with Vietnam. Now, with the open-door policy to welcome travelers to the country, application for Vietnam visa has become easier than ever. The foreign travelers now have two options to apply for visa to Vietnam:

Option 1: Apply for Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy:
Foreigners can apply for Visa to Vietnam at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate:
– Processing time: 5 – 7 working days
– Original passport required
Option 2: Apply for Vietnam Visa on Arrival:

Foreign travelers can also apply for Vietnam visa on arrival. Visa on arrival – a type of visa picked up at arrival airport – is applied online to get visa approval letter and then get visa stamped at the arrival airport. This kind of visa is offered to those who travel to Vietnam by air ONLY.

Particularly, people living far from the Vietnam Embassy/Consulate shall find this option very convenient. The applicants for Vietnam visa on arrival neither have to go to the Embassy or have to send out their passport. By using this way of Vietnam visa application, the visa applicants only need to fill out the online application, make their payment and wait for 1 or 2 working days to get their visa approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department as an official permission allowing them to get on flight to Vietnam and get their visa stamped on their passports at the arrival airport in Vietnam.

Please visit the visa on arrival service vs. visa at embassy for a detailed comparison between the two options.