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1. What is visa on arrival to Vietnam?
In addition to the traditional way of getting a visa at Vietnam Embassy, travelers to Vietnam now have another option for Vietnam visa application which is to obtain a visa on arrival .
With this kind of visa, you – the visa applicant is required to neither contact the Vietnam Embassy nor send your original passport away, the thing you need to do is to submit an online application for a visa approval letter which functions as an official permission allowing you to board the flight and have visa stamped at the arrival airport in Vietnam. To get visa stamped, you need to submit your Vietnam approval letter together with your passport (valid for at least 6 months), two passport-sized photos (4*6cm), Vietnamese visa application form and stamping fee to Immigration Officers at the airport.
There is a basic difference between Vietnam visa on arrival and visa at Vietnam embassies. With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter containing your name. The visa states the specific duration you are allowed to stay in Vietnam. 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.
2. What is Vietnam Visa approval letter?
“Vietnam Visa approval letter” is a document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam Ministry of Public Security). It functions as an official permission allowing person(s) having name(s) on it to board the flight to Vietnam and get visa stamped onto the passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport.
Following is the sample of a visa approval letter:
To get this approval letter, the visa applicant is required to submit an online application form to a travel agent which will then work with the Vietnam Immigration Department to return the visa approval letter via email.
Please be also informed that the visa approval letter may contain names of some others whose visa requests are processed at the same time as yours.
3. What information do I need to provide to apply for my Vietnam visa approval letter?
To complete the online application for a Vietnam visa approval letter, the visa applicants need to provide the following information n exactly as shown in their passports (as once issued, the approval letter could not be amended in any way).
- Full name (exactly as in your passport)
- Date of birth (DOB)
- Passport Number
- Passport expiry date
- Proposed arrival date
- Proposed exit date
- Purpose of visit
For further information, please see our Visa application form at https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.htm.
4. Can I enter Vietnam earlier than the arrival date granted in my visa approval letter?
“No, you cannot. You can enter Vietnam later than your granted arrival date by no earlier arrival is allowed. In case you change your plan and wish to enter Vietnam earlier than the granted arrival date, you are recommended to apply for a new visa approval letter
5. Can I exit Vietnam later than the granted exit date in my visa approval letter?
“No, you cannot. You can exit Vietnam earlier than your granted exit date, but no later exit is allowed. In case you wish to stay longer than your visa expiry date, you are recommended to apply for a visa extension or leave Vietnam and come back with a new visa.
6. Can I use Vietnam visa on arrival for my entry by land or sea?
“No, you cannot. Vietnam visa on arrival is applicable to air travelers only since the visa applicant(s) must get visa stamped at the arrival airport in Vietnam. If this is the case, you are recommended to contact the most convenient Vietnam Embassy/Consulate to apply for a visa.
7. What if my arrival airport changes?
“Please be informed that you are allowed to change your arrival airport regardless of which airport you provided in the application form. Since the visa approval letter works at four international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang in Danang City and Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa Province), you still get the visa stamped onto your passport at any of these three airport regardless of which you put in your visa application.
8. What is difference between a single entry visa and a multiple entry visa?
“There is a big difference between a single entry visa and a multiple entry visa to Vietnam which lies in number of entries:
- Single entry visa: If you own a single entry visa, you are permitted to enter Vietnam ONCE during your visa validity. After you exit Vietnam, you visa will automatically become invalid. If you would like to re-enter you need to apply for multiple entry visa.
- Multiple entry visa: In case you own a multiple entry visa, you can enter and exit Vietnam many times as you want during your visa validity.