Vietnam Visa

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Many countries in Southeast Asia require that travelers obtain visas prior to entry, and Vietnam is no exception. Thankfully if you want to travel to Vietnam, it is possible to apply for your Vietnam visa remotely and obtain it on arrival at any of Vietnam’s international airports.

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Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Before I traveled to Vietnam, I was busy crafting an exit strategy from China and my job teaching English there. As a result, I didn’t have even a spare moment to visit the Vietnamese embassy in Shanghai.

Thankfully, I found out, a company called VietnamsVisa offers cheap Vietnam visas on arrival. For a “service fee” that starts at just $16.99 for a one-month, single entry Vietnam tourist visa, VietnamsVisa provides you with an “invitation letter.”

You present the letter upon arrival at any international airport in Vietnam, in exchange for your Vietnam visa. You must also pay a “stamping fee,” which is between $25-50 as of January 2016.

Depending on which visa type you need (other options include multiple entry and stays of up to six months), you can pay as little as $42 out the door. By comparison, you’ll pay at least $80 at Vietnamese embassies and consulates—more on those below.

Vietnam Visas at Embassies Abroad

Ordinarily, you must visit a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in order to apply for a Vietnam visa. If you’re in the United States, you can apply in-person at the Vietnamese embassy in Washington D.C., or at the Vietnamese consulates in San Francisco and New York. If you don’t live in or near one of these cities, you can use a visa outsourcing agency like VisaRite.

Alternatively, visit Vietnamese embassies in nearby Southeast Asia countries. If you’re in Thailand, for example, apply for your Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok. Other Vietnamese embassies in Southeast Asia are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Vietntiane, Laos and Singapore.

Places to Visit in Vietnam

Once you have sorted the details of your Vietnam visa, you can begin planning your actual trip to Vietnam. Vietnam is one of my favorite countries I’ve ever visited.

I’ve written a Vietnam travel guide, which includes a sample itinerary for three weeks in Vietnam. Alternatively, click here if you’re interested in having me plan a custom Vietnam itinerary for you.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin C April 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

Thanks for the info, me and my girlfriend have been trying to figure out how we would be able to transfer from Thailand to Vietnam once we get to Asia. Heck, not even just Vietnam, any other countries in the area as well. I will definitely be sharing this with her.

Rahul sramon June 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I want to visit Vietnam ,but I don’t no how can I apply Vietnam embassy in Bangkok.can you help me about that

vietnamsvisadotcom January 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Visa on arrival Vietnam with only 15.99 USD after 2-3 working day.

Money Left for Travel June 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

My husband & I got our visa on arrival when we went to Vietnam & it was so simple! The only thing that takes a little time is getting the upfront paperwork completed before you leave.

Check out our experience with our Vietnamese visa on arrival:

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