Updated: as from February 1, 2017, travelers to Vietnam has one additional option to get Vietnam visa, namely e-visa (electronic visa).
So, at the moment, there are up to 3 ways to obtain a visa for Vietnam, consisting of:
- Obtain the visa at Vietnam embassy/consulate;
- Obtain the visa on arrival; or
- Obtain an e-visa
The first option is made offline at the embassy while the following two options are made online. So, in this post, we will make a brief comparison between these two online options for Vietnam visa only.
|Item||Vietnam Visa on Arrival||Vietnam E-visa|
|Issuing authority||Vietnam Immigration Department||Vietnam Immigration Department|
|Beneficiaries||All travelers to Vietnam by air||Citizens of 40 countries in the list|
|Purpose of visit||Vacation, business, family/friend visit, and others||Vacation|
|Visa Fee||Depending on visa type, refunded in case your visa application is refused||US$25, non-refundable in case your visa application is refused|
|How to get Vietnam visa||
|Processing time||2 working days or even quicker to receive the visa approval letter||3 working days to know your Vietnam visa application is approved or not|
|Entry gates||5 (international airports in Vietnam, consisting of Noi Bai,Cat Bi, Da Nang, Tan Son Nhat and Cam Ranh)||28 (8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports across Vietnam)|
|Warnings||It may, but just sometimes, take you up to 30 minutes or 1 hour to get visa stamped at Vietnam airport if there are too many people staying there for the same purpose as yours.||As this kind of visa is very new, of which some certain airlines or even immigration staff at the airports may have not been aware and therefore may refuse it, you should check with your airlines in advance to avoid this.|
Above is a brief comparison between e-visa and visa on arrival for Vietnam, helping you easily find the best way for you.
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