So, you’re planning a trip to Vietnam? Great! This guide will show you step-by-step how to apply for a Vietnam visa – whether you’re planning on entering Vietnam by air or land.
First, make sure you are eligible for a visa waiver in Vietnam.
To qualify for a visa waiver in Vietnam, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of one of the eligible countries. The list is found here.
- Be travelling as a tourist, not on business. Business travellers must apply for a visa at their local Vietnamese embassy or consulate before entering Vietnam.
- Intend to stay no longer than 30 days in Vietnam if your passport is valid six months or less after you return from your trip (e.g., if you’re from Canada and your passport expired in April 2020, it will expire too soon to make use of this benefit). If your passport is valid for more than six months after returning from your trip (e.g., if you’re from Canada and return in March 2021), then there’s no limit on how long you can stay!
Make the application at least 45 days before the trip.
You can apply for a visa at least 45 days before your trip. The Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC recommends applying 60 days before your trip and 45 days at the earliest to avoid any possible delays.
If you apply less than 45 days before your planned date of departure, there is a risk that you will not be able to travel with your visa.
If you have to apply later than this, please get in touch with us so we can find an alternative solution for you to ensure a smooth journey!
Choose between an e-visa and an approval letter.
Now that you know how to apply for a visa, let’s get into the details. You’ll have to decide between an e-visa and an approval letter.
An e-visa can be obtained by paying $25 to the Government of Vietnam website, but it is valid only for 15 days after issuance.
Suppose you plan on staying in Vietnam for more than 30 days.
In that case, we recommend obtaining an approval letter from your local Vietnam embassy or consulate. This will allow you to enter the country without paying anything else.
Submit the application form and pay the fee
The next step is to pay the application fee. You can pay by credit card or bank transfer.
Make sure you have a valid credit card to pay the fee, and your bank account is in the same name as your credit card.
Make sure you have enough money to cover this cost because if there’s not enough in your account, they will decline the transaction!
Print out the result of your application
After you have applied for a visa and received the result, please print out the confirmation page, and make sure it is valid for at least three months from the date of application.
You can keep it with you during your travel to Vietnam. If you lose it, don’t worry!
Applying for an e-visa can be much easier than others. You can apply for an e-visa from the comfort of your home anytime.
You don’t need to go to a consulate, you don’t need to wait in line, and it takes less than five minutes to complete.
The process is simple: the online application will ask basic questions about yourself, ask for payment and then take you through a few steps before displaying your e-visa letter.
The Last Word
We don’t have to tell you that travelling is a beautiful experience, and we hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit Vietnam soon.
It’s a wonderful country with many exciting things such as beautiful beaches, delicious food, and friendly people.
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