Visa on arrival

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What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival? Vietnam visa on arrival, also referred to as Vietnam landing visa or Vietnam airport visa, offers a convenient alternative for obtaining valid entry permission to Vietnam. This method allows travelers to pick up their visas at one of Vietnam’s international airports upon arrival.

To secure a Vietnam visa on arrival, travelers need to obtain a visa approval letter in advance, which they present at Vietnam airports for visa stamping in their passports.

List of Designated Airports for Vietnam Visa on Arrival Travelers can obtain a visa on arrival for Vietnam at the following airports:

  • Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
  • Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)
  • Lien Khuong International Airport (Da Lat)
  • Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)

Who is Eligible for Vietnam Visa on Arrival at Airports? Eligibility for Vietnam visa on arrival at airports has changed post-COVID. Specifically:

  • Vietnam tourist visa on arrival is limited to individuals ineligible for a Vietnam eVisa or visa exemption.
  • Vietnam business visa on arrival is available for all nationalities.

Validity of Vietnam Visa on Arrival The validity of Vietnam visa on arrival depends on the visa type:

Tourist Visa:

  • Up to 20 – 25 days, varying by nationality and travel itinerary
  • Single entry
  • Non-extendable

Business Visa:

  • Up to 3 months
  • Single/multiple entry
  • Can be extended once with sponsorship from the same company

Requirements for Vietnam Visa on Arrival Requirements for obtaining a Vietnam visa on arrival vary by visa type:

Tourist Visa:

  • Sponsorship from a tour operator in Vietnam
  • Visa approval letter

Business Visa:

  • Sponsorship from a company in Vietnam where the traveler will work
  • Visa approval letter

Application Process for Vietnam Visa on Arrival To apply for a visa on arrival for Vietnam, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the online Vietnam visa application form with necessary details such as full name, expected arrival date, and port of entry.
  2. Make the service fee payment after confirmation of the fee and processing time via email or Whatsapp. Payment methods include Paypal, Credit/Debit Card via OnePay/PayPal, or Western Union.
  3. Receive the approval letter and entry-and-exit application form via email.
  4. Print out the approval letter and form, and prepare 2 passport-sized photos, the original passport (valid for at least 6 months from the entry date), and cash for the stamping fee.
  5. Present the necessary documents at the Landing Visa (VOA) Counter at any Vietnam international airport for visa stamping.

Processing Time and Fees for Vietnam Visa on Arrival Processing time for the approval visa letter ranges from one (01) working day to 7 – 10 working days, excluding weekends and holidays, based on the selected processing time.

Fees for Vietnam Visa on Arrival include:

  • Service fee: Varies by visa type and processing time; payable to obtain the visa approval letter.
  • Stamping fee: USD 25 for a single entry visa and USD 50 for a multiple entry visa valid for up to 3 months, payable in cash at Vietnam International Airport for visa stamping.

Additional Information

  • Vietnam visa on arrival is specific to air travel. Travelers arriving by cruise or land must obtain a fully authorized visa before arrival.
  • Passport validity must be at least 6 months from the entry date in Vietnam.
  • Children with individual passports are charged the same fee as adults.
  • Notably, there is no official website for Vietnam visa on arrival services. All websites providing approval letters are private agencies. Beware of various websites with different organizational internet domain TLDs (org, gov, etc.) to avoid confusion.