Visa on Arrival vs Visa at Embassy

What are the differences?

Holders of Vietnam Visa on Arrival are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 international airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Hai Phong.

VISA ON ARRIVAL
VISA AT EMBASSY
01. HOW TO APPLY

Online

Offline at the Embassy

02. Applicable Transportation

By Air only

Any Types of Transportation

03. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Secured Online Form

  • Original passport
  • Completed application form
  • One passport sized photo of 4×6 cm
04. Processing Time
  • 2 working days for normal service
  • 1 working day for urgent service
  • 2- 4 working hours for super urgent service

Varied depends on Embassy

05. cost

Visa service fee + Visa stamping fee

Visa stamping fee + Other current fees (such as visa approval arrangement fee, processing fee, shipping, handling and expedited services, etc.)

06. OTHER FEATURES
  • Tracking Visa Process

    Live updated from our system

  • Get Visa Stamped

    At the Arrival Counter

  • Tracking Visa Process

    Actively calling to Embassy

  • Get Visa Stamped

    Travel to Embassy to get your Visa

07. Advantages
  • No need to send your original passport away
  • Simple online process
  • No dealing with immigration agency. We deal with them on your behalf
  • Exceptionally convenient for those who are currently staying far away from Vietnam Embassy
  • Having all fees clearly published
  • Dedicated live support
  • Having visa already stamped onto your passport before your departure to Vietnam
  • Applicable to travelers to Vietnam by any means of transport
  • Making one-time payment for visa fee at Vietnam Embassy
08. disadvantages
  • Queuing in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam to have visa stamped
  • Possibly having names of other people on your approval letter
  • Foreigners cannot apply for visa on arrival themselves, the application must go through authorized travel agencies in Vietnam or organizations
  • Parting with your original passport
  • Having to drive to the nearest embassy or send documents by post
  • Dealing directly with Vietnam embassies
  • Various visa fees and procedures at different Vietnam embassies

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Frequently asked questions

When should I apply for visa at Vietnam embassy?

You should apply for Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy in case you are traveling to Vietnam via land or sea border crossings.

When should I apply for Vietnam visa on arrival?

You are highly recommended to apply for visa on arrival to Vietnam if you are traveling to Vietnam by air.

Which one is cheaper, Vietnam visa on arrival or Vietnam embassy visa?

It is very difficult to define which of Vietnam visa on arrival or embassy visa is cheaper or more expensive as the cost of Visa on arrival is clearly published on website but the cost of visa at embassy may vary from embassy to embassy.

In addition, when using VOA to Vietnam, you need to pay two kinds of fee: service fee and stamping fee without any hidden fee (see our Vietnam visa on arrival fees), while in case you plan to apply for visa at Vietnam embassy, beside the visa fee to be paid to the embassy, you will need to pay for travel cost or postal cost, etc.

What are the same between Visa on arrival and Embassy visa to Vietnam?

Despite of major differences mentioned above, these two ways to get a visa for Vietnam provide you with a legitimate Vietnam visa, allowing to enter and stay in Vietnam for a certain period of time.

What is the major difference between VOA and embassy visa for Vietnam?

VOA and embassy visa for Vietnam are different in various aspects, from applicable travelers, visa procedure, issuing authority and where to pick up.

  1. While VOA is for those traveling to Vietnam by air only, embassy visa is for all travelers to Vietnam by any means of transport.
  2. While VOA is applied online (to get the visa approval letter) and picked up at Vietnam airport, embassy visa is applied offline directly at the Vietnam embassy and directly picked up there.
  3. While VOA is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department, Embassy visa is issued by Vietnam embassy in foreign country.

What is issuing authority of Vietnam visa on arrival or embassy visa?

Please be kindly informed that Vietnam visa on arrival is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department which is based in Vietnam while embassy visa is issued by the Vietnam embassy/consulate in a foreign country.