Vietnam E-visa

The launch of Vietnam e-visa 2017

Visa is a prerequisite that you must own if you want to visit Vietnam. Traditionally, you would probably get a Vietnam visa at the Vietnam Embassy before traveling. Fortunately, there is great news for busy travelers since in late January 2017, Vietnam Government released a new standard visa system called Vietnam evisa that is directly attached to applicant’s passport at home. This visa system is used once (single entry) and has validity for no longer than 30 days.

Foreign citizens who want to obtain a visa to Vietnam can apply for e-visa by themselves or through a travel agency or organization which is officially authorized by the Vietnam Immigration Department. The fee for an evisa Vietnam service is paid via an electronic transaction. This fee will not be refunded if the Vietnam e visa application is declined.

A sample of e visa Vietnam

Vietnam Visa - Vietnam E-visa

Vietnam evisa sample

Who can apply for Vietnam e-visa?

People who should try out this method are busy businessmen, tourists and people living far from the embassy or having no Vietnam Embassy in their country. You can check out the Vietnam Embassy location in your country by clicking here.

This is an official document which is issued by the Immigration Department to allow one foreign passenger to enter and travel across Vietnam. Nevertheless, the Government of Vietnam has only permitted citizens from 40 countries to apply and receive e visa for Vietnam via the Internet from February 1, 2017.

Updated: From December 2017, Vietnam Government has allowed citizens from six more countries (Australia, Canada, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the U.A.E) to apply for Vietnam e-visa, raising the list of beneficiaries to 46.

List of eligible countries for e-visa Vietnam

A – B – C

Argentina – Australia - Armenia – Azerbaijan – Belarus – Brunei – Bulgaria – Canada – Chile – China – Colombia – Cuba – Czech Republic

D – F – G – H – I – J – K – L

Denmark – Finland – France – Germany – Greece – Hungary – India – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Kazakhstan – Luxembourg

M – N – P – R

Mongolia – Myanmar – Netherlands – New Zealand – Norway – Panama – Peru – Philippines – Poland – Romania – Russia

S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z

Slovakia – South Korea – Spain – Sweden – Timor Leste – the United Arab Emirates – the United Kingdom – the United States – Uruguay – Venezuela

Requirements of e visa for Vietnam

  • A passport which has a validity of at least six months.
  • Two recently taken photos with the standard-passport size
  • The e-visa application must be filled with accurate details. Any mistake can lead the visa to be rejected in last minutes.
  • A valid email address for receiving the e-visa file and a credit card for application fees.
  • Specifications about Vietnam visa required documents for evisa

    In contrast to Vietnam Embassy visa and Vietnam visa on arrival which require the submission of original passport and photo from applicants, if choosing evisa for Vietnam, you just need to submit these documents in JPG format with following requirements:

    Scanned first page of passport - in color:

  • Full page captured
  • Information displayed clearly
  • Passport photo - present full face, front view, eyes open

  • Plain light colored or white background
  • No glasses
  • You can check out the Vietnam evisa photo requirements by clicking here.

    How to apply for Vietnam e visa

    To request a Vietnam e-visa, you first need to submit your personal details based on your passport such as full name, nationality, date of birth, your arrival date and destination, etc. to our supported email [email protected]

    The next thing you should do is to make a payment for the visa service fee. Greenvisa agency accepts all types of bank card, even PayPal.

    Once we receive your information, you are required to wait for 3-5 days so that we can process your visa request. After that, we will send your e-visa back to you via email.

    Finally, when you arrive in Vietnam, you can choose to either present your printed Vietnam evisa or show the visa code to the Immigration officer for verification. However, we advise that you should bring both of them to prevent any unwanted problem.

    Benefits and drawbacks of Vietnam e visa online

    Benefits:

    The Vietnam evisa system is implemented online from any browser and electronic device. Therefore, the database can be simplified and streamlined for the government and Immigration officials.

    Vietnam e-visa is more flexible, cost-effective and efficient than the current visa application process. The government can reduce the employee workloads at the embassy or consulate. Meanwhile, travelers can have the flexibility for their travel plan due to the fast-processing time of e-visa compared with the five-day to one-week process of obtaining a visa at the Vietnam Embassy.

    By decreasing the hassle relating to complicated procedures of the traditional system, this new type of visa can help the country boost tourism as well as international and local business.

    Vietnam evisa system will be suitable for those who plan to visit Vietnam through land/sea ports and yet incapable of reaching the embassy to get Vietnam visa. Nevertheless, for passengers traveling by air, Vietnam e-visa should also be considered due to the following advantages:

  • No need to drive to the Vietnam Embassy or send-off your passport
  • No extra fee on arrival needed (the fee for stamping visa will be included in the Vietnam visa fee)
  • No need to wait in line for stamping when you arrive at Vietnam airport (however, you still need to wait for checking your identification)
  • Drawbacks:

    Despite all the above benefits, this new visa still comes with several disadvantages:

  • You only know whether or not your application is approved after three days of processing, and you could not receive an urgent visa if your departure time is just a few hours ahead.
  • Your visa fees will not be refunded if your Vietnam e visa application is declined.
  • You cannot extend your Vietnam visa once your visa is expired.
  • Since e-visa was released in early 2017, officers at some border gates and seaports or even Immigration staff might not be aware of this new visa type. As a result, you could encounter some unexpected problems at these arrival gates. That is why you should check in advance with the airline you choose to arrive to avoid these issues.

    One more thing is that evisa to Vietnam is only accepted and valid for 30 days with a single entry. Therefore, if you want to stay longer than 30 days in Vietnam, this visa is sometimes inconvenient because it cannot be extended. In case you find any complexity with the Vietnam evisa process or come from a region which is not one of the nations mentioned above, please feel free to contact us to receive assistance for applying for a Vietnam on arrival visa. Not only that, but we also provide several extra services for those who enter Vietnam through airway to minimize their tiredness after a long flight.

    Differences between Vietnam e-visa and Vietnam visa on arrival

    Vietnam visa on arrival

    Vietnam e-visa

    Issuing authority

    Vietnam Immigration Department

    Vietnam Immigration Department

    Means of transport

    Airplane only

    All modes of transport

    Purposes

    Vacation, business, relatives/ friends visit

    Vacation, business

    Visa validity

  • 1 month single/multiple entry
  • 3 months single/multiple entry,
  • 6 months multiple entry,
  • 1 year multiple entry
  • 1 month single entry

    Fee

    Varied in each visa type, refunded in case the application is refused

    Non-refundable if the application is rejected.

    Procedure

    - Fill out an online application form and make a payment for the service fee

    - Receive the Vietnam visa on arrival letter via email

     - Get visa stamped at Vietnam international airports by presenting passport, photos, an entry and exit form and stamping fee

    - Submit your information to our email [email protected]

    - Make a payment for the visa service

    - Receive an e visa Vietnam with code via email. After that, you are advised to print the evisa for the Immigration office to verify.

    Processing time

    2 working days or even quicker for urgent and super urgent cases.

    3-5 working days to confirm whether or not your Vietnam visa application is approved.

    Entry gates

    4 international airports in Vietnam, including Noi Bai, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, and Tan Son Nhat.

    28 international airports, border gates, and seaports across Vietnam.

    E visa for Vietnam is applicable at 8 International airports, 13 international land border gates, and 7 seaports in Vietnam.

    List of 28 border gates for e-visa Vietnam

    Airports:

  • Noi Bai (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh city)
  • Danang (Danang)
  • Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa)
  • Cat Bi (Hai Phong)
  • Can Tho (Can Tho)
  • Phu Quoc (Phu Quoc)
  • Phu Bai (Hue)
  • Land ports:

  • Mong Cai (Quang Ninh)
  • Huu Nghi (Lang Son)
  • Lao Cai (Lao Cai)
  • Nam Can (Nghe An)
  • Xa Mat (Tay Ninh)
  • Tinh Bien (An Giang)
  • Song Tien (An Giang)
  • Ha Kien (Kien Giang)
  • Moc Bai (Tay Ninh)
  • Lao Bao (Quang Tri)
  • Cau Treo (Ha Tinh)
  • Cha Lo (Quang Binh)
  • Bo Y (Kon Tum)
  • Seaports:

  • Hon Gai (Quang Ninh)
  • Hai Phong (Hai Phong)
  • Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa)
  • Danang (Danang)
  • Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh)
  • Vung Tau (Ba Ria Vung Tau)
  • Ho Chi Minh ( Ho Chi Minh city)
  • Extra notes when applying for e visa Vietnam

    The officer of the Immigration Department will provide a sticker on your passport instead of a stamp like VOA Vietnam.

    Please make a careful check at the cost of Vietnam visa because the price for each visa type is varied from each other. Furthermore, keep in mind that Vietnam e-visa takes its effect from the travel date written in the application form, not from the application date. That is why you should check your information carefully when applying for this visa type.

    In case you still have questions about visa to Vietnam, just visit Vietnam visa guide to get more details and information about visa fee Vietnam, visa types, etc.

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