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All About Vietnam Visas
You need a Vietnam visa if you’re planning to travel there in the foreseeable future. There are 2 types of authorisation to visit the country, and which one you choose will depend on:
- How long you intend to visit the country as a tourist.
- Whether you plan to enter and exit multiple times.
- How fast you want your travel authorisation for Vietnam.
- Whether you’re prepared to do extra paperwork to stay longer as a visitor.
To explain, you can choose the Vietnam eVisa for Single-Entry visits of up to 30 days. Alternatively, you can apply for a Visa Approval Letter (available soon) to receive a Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VoA) when you get there. This could be appropriate if you’re intent on visiting the socialist republic for up to 90 days, or if you plan to enter and exit multiple times.
Vietnam launched its eVisa program in February 2017 to simplify the process of entering the country, compared to the older, more established Visa on Arrival method. It’s more convenient to apply for an Electronic Visa, but it’s only available for shorter, single visits. So which authorisation is right for you will depend on how long you want to stay in the land of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi and Phu Quoc Island.
Differences Between Vietnam eVisa Vs Visa on Arrival
There are several differences between the eVisa and the Visa on Arrival. To begin with the Electronic Visa, it’s a Single-Entry pass valid for up to 30 days. This means that with this travel document, you can only enter the country once and stay for up to a month. To apply for this pass, you have to provide a scan of your passport’s personal bio page, and a separate scan of the photograph. When you apply for the eVisa, you receive your authorisation to enter electronically by email. So it’s a top choice for shorter visits to the Southeast Asian nation.
By comparison, for a Vietnam VoA you first apply for a Visa Approval Letter (available soon). Then you present this to the immigration officer when you arrive, who’ll grant you your authorisation. Also, you have to take 2 photos with you and pay a differing fee, depending whether you want a Single-Entry or Multiple-Entry pass. So there’s more bureaucracy with this type of travel document.
However, the advantage is that you can apply for a Multiple-Entry pass up to 90 days, rather than just 30 days with the Electronic Visa. So it’s ideal if you’re planning a longer stay to explore the country, from the tunnels of Cuchi, to the UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay, to historic Hue.
Please note that with both the eVisa and Visa on Arrival, you don’t have to enter Vietnam on the date that your travel pass becomes valid. Instead, you can enter any time you like between its initial and expiry dates. However, you must exit the Southeast Asian nation before your authorisation’s expiry date.
Vietnam Visa Application Process
The process to apply for your authorisation differs, depending on whether you want an eVisa or VoA. Please find the application processes for both types of document here.
How to Apply for a Vietnam eVisa
- Some personal information to fill in Byevisa’s application form.
- A passport with at least 6 months’ validity after your planned arrival date.
- A scan of your passport’s personal bio page, and a separate scan of the passport photo.
- A credit or debit card, to pay for your application with Byevisa.
- A valid email, so that we can send you your approved authorisation.
Please note that, as a traveller, you’re required to keep a copy of your Electronic Visa with you at all times while you’re there. So it’s obligatory to print a copy of the document we send you. Of course, if you lose the sheet of paper, you can print it as many times as you need.
How to Apply for a Vietnam Visa on Arrival (available soon)
First, to apply for your Visa Approval Letter you need:
- Some personal information, like your date of birth and passport expiry date.
- A passport with at least 6 months’ validity after your arrival date.
- A credit or debit card to pay for your application with Byevisa.
- An email address, so that we can send you your Visa Approval Letter.
Then when you enter the country, you need the following to obtain your VoA:
- A printed copy of your Visa Approval Letter, not a PDF version on your mobile.
- 2 passport-sized photos (4cm x 6cm).
- Your passport, with at least 6 months’ validity after your arrival date.
- Money to pay the fee for a Single-Entry pass, or for a Multiple-Entry pass. You pay this to Vietnam’s airport immigration, in cash.
Visa Requirements and Eligibility
eVisa Requirements and Eligibility
If you’re applying for the Vietnam eVisa, you need to be a citizen of an eligible country.
Please see the list below:
China (only ordinary passport holders, not e-passport holders)
United Arab Emirates
If you’re an applicant from a country marked with *, ** or ***, you don’t need an Electronic Visa if you’re visiting for less than the following:
* = 15 days.
** = 14 days.
*** = 21 days.
Please note that if you’re a traveller with an eVisa, you can only enter the country at the following designated points:
Cat Bi Int (Hai Phong)
Cam Ranh Int (Khanh Hoa)
Noi Bai (Ha Noi)
Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City)
Ho Chi Minh City
Visa on Arrival (available soon) Requirements and Eligibility
Alternatively, if you’re entering with a Visa on Arrival, you must be a citizen of one of 150 eligible countries.
The Vietnam VoA is only valid if you’re arriving by air. With this travel document, you’re permitted as a tourist to enter the country at the following international airports:
Cam Ranh (Nha Trang)
Cat Bi (Hai Phong)
Danang (Da Nang)
Noi Bai (Hanoi)
Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City)
To enter Vietnam either with an eVisa or Visa on Arrival, you must be vaccinated against yellow fever if you’re a visitor from a country at risk of this illness. To see if you’re arriving from a country susceptible to this disease, please visit the World Health Organisation’s webpage.
If you’re entering as a member of a flight crew, you don’t need a pass, so long as your visit is related to your duties. If you’re visiting the socialist republic for personal motives, you need authorisation.
Vietnam eVisa Form and Documents
To apply for an Electronic Visa or Visa on Arrival with Byevisa, first you must select which travel document you require.
The eVisa is valid for Single-Entry trips up to 30 days, and costs USD 25.00. With Byevisa, we offer faster services, depending on how quickly you want your Vietnam travel visa.
- Standard service for USD 25.00. You’ll receive your authorisation in 5 business days.
- Rapid service (available soon).
- Highly Rapid service (available soon).
By comparison, the Visa on Arrival (available soon) can be valid for Single or Multiple-Entry Trips, for 30 or 90 days depending on how long you’re visiting the Southeast Asian nation. When you arrive, you’ll pay for a Single-Entry pass or for a Multiple-Entry one, in cash.
The government fee for the Visa on Arrival Approval Letter varies, depending on the type you get. With Byevisa, we offer the following services to process your Visa Approval Letter (available soon):
- Standard service: Single Entry, 30-day pass. You’ll receive your authorisation in 3 business days (available soon).
- Rapid service: (available soon).
- Highly Rapid service: (available soon).
- Standard service: Single Entry, 90-day pass. You’ll receive your authorisation in 7 business days (available soon).
- Standard service: Multiple Entry, 30-day pass. You’ll receive your authorisation in 3 business days (available soon).
- Rapid service: (available soon).
- Highly Rapid service: (available soon).
- Standard service: Multiple Entry, 90-day pass. You’ll receive your authorisation in 7 business days (available soon).
Whichever travel documentation is appropriate for your trip, to apply with Byevisa you enter details such as the following:
- Your email address, so we can send you your eVisa or Visa Approval Letter.
- Your intended dates of arrival and departure.
- Your first name, middle name if appropriate, and last name.
- Your gender.
- Your nationality as it appears on your passport.
- Your date of birth.
- The country where you were born.
- The country where you reside.
- Your passport number.
- Your passport dates of issue and expiry.
- The type of pass you require.
- Your entry point in Vietnam, whether by air, land or sea.
Lastly, you pay for your application. To do this, enter the following details:
- Your name as it appears on your debit or credit card.
- Your debit or credit card number.
- Your debit or credit card’s expiry month and year.
- The 3-digit CVC security code on the back of your card.
Alternatively, you can pay by PayPal.
Vietnam Visa Status Check
To check the status of your Electronic Visa or VoA is easy with Byevisa. Simply select the correct option at the top of this page. You are able to find out if the authorisation you’ve applied for has been:
- When it becomes or became valid.
- When it expires.
Your travel document is sent to your email inbox when it’s ready.
How Much Is a Visa for Vietnam?
The cost depends on: (1) which pass you want, (2) how long you’re staying, (3) whether you’re taking a Single or Multiple-Entry trip, (4) how fast you want your authorisation. Please find an explanation of these options and their prices below:
eVisa Cost and Processing Fee
The Electronic Visa costs USD 25.00, in addition to Byevisa’s processing fees:
- Receive your eVisa in 5 business days, for our processing fee of USD 25.00.
- Receive your eVisa in 4 business days (available soon).
- Receive your eVisa in 3 business days (available soon).
Visa on Arrival Cost and Processing Fee (Available Soon)
The Single-Entry VoA cost varies, depending on the type. You must also pay a sum for Single Entry or for Multiple Entries to Vietnam’s immigration authorities when you arrive. In addition, Byevisa’s fees to process your Visa Approval Letter are:
- (Available soon) for Single-Entry, 30-day visa, in 3 business days.
- (Available soon) for Single-Entry, 30-day visa, in 1 business day.
- (Available soon) for Single-Entry, 30-day visa, in 8 hours.
- (Available soon) for Single-Entry, 90-day visa, in 7 business days.
- (Available soon) for Multiple-Entry, 30-day visa, in 3 business days.
- (Available soon) for Multiple-Entry, 30-day visa, in 1 business day.
- (Available soon) for Multiple-Entry, 30-day visa, in 8 hours.
- (Available soon) for Multiple-Entry, 90-day visa, in 7 business days.
More Vietnam eVisa Questions and Information
Please find below more helpful questions and answers about applying for the pass, in addition to the information we’ve provided above.