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Vietnam Visa on Arrival

What's Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

A Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA) is an alternative method to obtain a visa for Vietnam after you arrive in the country, but with some important pre-arrangements. It's ideal for travelers who prefer to wait to secure their visa or haven't finalized their travel plans. Unlike an e-visa, a VOA is not obtained electronically beforehand.

Here's a breakdown of key points about a Vietnam VOA:

Process:

  • Obtain a visa approval letter from a licensed Vietnamese travel agency or online visa service before your flight to Vietnam. This letter confirms your eligibility for a visa.
  • Upon arrival at a designated international airport in Vietnam, proceed to the visa on arrival lane.
  • Submit your passport, visa approval letter, completed application form (usually provided at the airport), and visa fee (paid in cash in Vietnamese Dong or USD).
  • Once approved, you'll receive your visa stamped directly onto your passport.


Important points:

  • VOA is only valid for arrival by air at specific international airports in Vietnam.
  • Processing times can vary depending on the airport and number of applicants. There may be queues.
  • The visa approval letter typically incurs a service fee from the agency you obtain it from.

Here's a comparison of Vietnam e-visa (which is no longer available) and VOA to help you decide which might have been suitable (for past travel or future policy changes):

Feature Vietnam e-Visa Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Application Process Entirely online Requires a visa approval letter obtained beforehand
Processing Time 3 working days Can vary upon arrival at the airport
Entry Points Designated international airports, land borders, and seaports Designated international airports only
Convenience More convenient; apply from anywhere Less convenient; requires pre-arranging approval letter
Cost Generally cheaper May be more expensive due to agency service fee

Types of visa on arrival

There are typically two main types of visas available on arrival in Vietnam

  • Tourist Visa on Arrival: This is the most common type of VOA obtained by travelers. It allows for a single or multiple entries into Vietnam for tourism purposes, with a maximum stay duration depending on your nationality (usually up to 30 days).
  • Business Visa on Arrival: This VOA is designed for business purposes and can be obtained with sponsorship from a Vietnamese company. It may allow for single or multiple entries and might have a longer validity period compared to a tourist VOA (up to 3 months). In some cases, it can be extended once with sponsorship from the same company.

Here's a table summarizing the two VOA types:

Feature Tourist VOA Business VOA
Purpose of Visit Tourism Business
Entry Type Single or Multiple Single or Multiple
Maximum Stay Duration Up to 30 days (depending on nationality) Up to 3 months
Sponsorship Requirement No Yes (from a Vietnamese company)
Extension Possibility No May be possible once with sponsorship

Entry ports

There are some designated ports of entry for Vietnam Visa on Arrival. Here's a breakdown of the types of entry ports that accept Visa on Arrival:

Airport

  • Tan Son Nhat Int'l Airport
  • Noi Bai Int'l Airport
  • Da Nang Int'l Airport
  • Cam Ranh Int'l Airport
  • Can Tho International Airport
  • Phu Bai International Airport
  • Phu Quoc International Airport
  • Cat Bi International Airport
  • Van Don Airport (Quang Ninh)
  • Lien Khuong Airport (Lam Dong)

Eligible countries

Use our quick visa search tool to find out if you need a visa, plus the passport requirements for visiting the Vietnam.

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Document requirements

Yes, there are a few document requirements for applying for a Vietnam e-Visa:

  • Valid Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in Vietnam and have at least two blank pages for visa stamps.
  • Passport Photo: You will need a soft copy of a recent passport-size photo that meets Vietnamese Visa photo specifications (typically frontal view, white background, etc.).
  • Means of Payment: Have a credit or debit card ready for online payment of the Visa fee.

How to apply visa on arrival online

STEP 1: APPLY ONLINE

Select processing speed and type

STEP 2: RECEIVE VISA APPROVAL LETTER

Receive your visa approval letter and instructions

STEP 3: GET VISA STAMP

Have your visa stamped upon arrival

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