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There is a basic difference between visa on arrival and visa at Vietnam embassies. With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter with your name on it stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam on a specified date. Then, you will have the visa stamped onto your passport at the arrival airport in Vietnam. But for visa applied at the Vietnam embassies, the visa stamp will be on your passport when they send it back to you.
Here is the sample of a visa approval letter:
- Your full name (exactly as in your passport)
- Date of birth (DOB)
- Passport Number
- Proposed arrival date
- Purpose of visit
For further information, please see full Vietnam visa application form.
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- Service fee: is the fee you pay to us for handling all procedures with the Vietnam Immigration Department to return the visa approval letter to your registered email. This fee varies based on the number of applicants included in your visa application and which kind of service you wish to use (normal or urgent processing). Please see our Visa cost page for detailed prices for each type of visa.
- Stamping fee: is the fee you pay in cash to the Immigration Officers at the Vietnam airport to get visa stamped onto your passport. You can pay in USD, VND, etc. but USD is highly recommended to avoid any unbalanced exchange rate. The current applicable stamping fee is:
- 25 USD for a single entry visa;
- 50 USD for a multiple entry visa valid for up to 3 months;
For detail information, please read Vietnam visa fee.
- Citizens of Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Laos for visits of 30 days at the maximum.
- Citizens of Phillippines for visits of 21 days at the maximum.
- Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland for visits of 15 days at the maximum.
- Citizens of Brunei, Myanmar for visits of 14 days at the maximum.
- Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum or several visits of 6 months at the maximum.
- Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum.
- APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies for visits of 60 days at the maximum.
- For those who travel to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam : Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be granted Vietnam visa exemption. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel to other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.
- First, in terms of traveling purpose, Vietnam visa is classified into two types:
- Tourist Visa: applied for visa of up to 3 months
- Visa for other purposes: applied for 3 months visa
- Second, in terms of length of stay and number of entry, Vietnam visa consists of 4 types:
- 1 month single entry visa
- 1 month multiple entry visa
- 3 months single entry visa
- 3 months multiple entry visa
- Photographs must be passport-sized, identical, taken within the past 6 months.
- The image size from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head should be between 1 inch and 13/8 inches.
- The photographs may be in color or black and white. They must be full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background.
- Photographs should be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
- Uniforms should not be worn in photographs with the exception of religious attire which is worn daily.
- If prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles are normally and consistently worn, they should be worn when the picture is taken.
- Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required to support the wearing of such glasses in the photographs.
So, before applying for a visa, you need to check your passport to make sure it is valid at least 6 months since your date of arrival in Vietnam.
I am a Vietnamese, currently living overseas with a foreign nationality, how can I get a Vietnam visa?
As Vietnamese overseas, you are kindly advised to choose either of two following options:
- Apply for a visa exemption by visiting Vietnam Embassy/Consulate. Further information about Vietnam visa exemption for Vietnamese overseas, please read this link http://mienthithucvk.mofa.gov.vn/.
- If you would like to save time, you could apply for Vietnam visa online with Vietnam-visa.co.uk.
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