Vietnam is so beautiful that every one wishes to come back after their first time there. It is so attractive with magnificent landscapes, delicious food, and it is even more attractive with open visa policy. In case you are not eligible for visa exemption or e-visa to Vietnam, then Vietnam visa on arrival is the best way if you travel to Vietnam by air.
Why is it said so?
There are some advantages provided by Vietnam visa on arrival that one cannot deny, including:
Instead of dealing with loads of works which are required in case you apply for a visa with Vietnam embassy in the traditional way, the entire process of applying for Vietnam visa on arrival is carried out online, releasing you from a lot of troubles caused by traffic jam, etc.
- Easy application
Application for a visa on arrival to Vietnam requires you to neither travel through a long distance to any authority nor send your original passport – a very important document – away.
This process requires you to only complete a secure online form with simple information and then wait for a visa approval letter sent to email after a certain period of time to get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.
If you are a busy person, this way is absolutely your choice. As I have mentioned above, this way of visa application does not require any travel at all, thus saving lot of your time, for sure.
How does it work?
When I did a google, I found a lot of information about this kind of visa. Even the wording may be different among websites, the entire process may be summarized in 4 simple steps as follows:
Step 1: Complete the online application form
In this step, you only need to access to a reliable website, and then its APPLY ONLINE page to fill out its form with just some information (purpose of visit, type of visa, arrival airport, arrival date, full name, nationality, gender, passport number, passport expiry date, and contact information). That’s all. (here is an recommended link for you: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html)
Step 2: Pay for service fee
This step is even simpler than step 1 as you only need to make payment via online portals with your Credit/Debit cards.
Step 3: Receive visa approval letter
After a certain period of time depending on your choice, you will receive a visa approval letter stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam within a certain period of time, and detailed guide to get visa stamped.
Step 4: Get visa stamped
When you land at the Vietnam international airport, you only need to head to the Visa on Arrival / Landing Visa counter there, showing your documents as guided and stamping fee to get visa stamped.
Above is the whole process to obtain a visa on arrival to Vietnam.
Important remarks: Don’t be confused when you find somewhere the information that Visa on arrival is just a scam. No. It is not. I and many of my friends have already used it and have no problem at all, except for the fact that we sometime need some time to wait for visa stamping at the airport. It is regulated by Vietnamese laws also.
The further search has showed me that the visa approval letter is actually issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department – a Government agency of Vietnam – even though we work with a travel agent. So, no worry at all.
The issue is that we need to find a reliable service provider in this regard. As recommended by many of my friends, many on the internet and also from my own experience, I recommend you Vietnam-visa.com. No need to talk much, just see their website and how they arrange their information for us, as well as read the feedback from their clients, you will see what I recommend is worth.
But, as I said right in the topic of this post, visa on arrival is just best for those traveling to Vietnam by air. Those who are not entitled visa exemption or e-visa and do not travel to Vietnam by air need to obtain the visa at Vietnam Embassy.
For any information about Vietnam visa, welcome you to ask me. And I will provide you with the information at my best knowledge.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.