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Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Last update: Jul 16, 2019

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What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Vietnam visa on arrival is a convenient alternative way to obtain a valid visa to visit Vietnam. It can be picked up at one of Vietnam international airports upon arrival.

To obtain the visa on arrival for Vietnam, you need to get a visa approval letter in advance after filling in the online application form, and then show it at Vietnam airport to get visa stamped onto your passports. No passport sendoff, no document is required to apply for this kind of visa for Vietnam.

Is Vietnam Visa on Arrival Legitimate?

Yes, it is. Getting Vietnam visa on arrival is a 100% legitimate process. The authorized visa approval letter is granted by the Vietnam Immigration Department as official permission that allows you to board and get visa stamped onto passports at Vietnam international airports.

Legal basis:

  • Ordinance on entry, exit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam
  • Government’s Decree No. 21/2001/ND-CP
  • Joint Circular No. 04/2002/TTLT/BCA-BNG

Many centers supply this service to simplify travelers’ arrival and save their time.

Types of Vietnam Visa on arrival

In general, the most popular types of Vietnam visa include tourist visa (DL), business visa (DN), working visa (LĐ) and student/internship visa (DH). But a visa on arrival is available for only:

Who Are Eligible for Visa on Arrival for Vietnam?

Most visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam and are eligible to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival as long as they travel to Vietnam by air and arrive at one of the international airports in Vietnam. Check this newly updated Vietnam Visa Exemption List for more details.

List of Applicable Airports

  • Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
  • Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)
  • Lien Khuong International Airport (Da Lat)
  • Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)

Read also: step-by-step visa procedures at Vietnam airports

Why Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Getting Vietnam visa on arrival is:

  • Fast: For cases of emergency visa, it just takes about 2-3 working hours to get a visa approval letter.
  • Convenient: No hard documents and passports sent off. Just minimal information required.  Things will be done online.
  • Low at cost: It is rather cheap in compared with other forms of getting a visa for Vietnam.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival Fees

When it comes to cost of Vietnam visa on arrival, there are two types of fee you need to pay:

  • Service fee: paid online to the agency in order to get the Visa approval letter.
  • Stamping fee: paid in cash at Vietnam International Airport to get visa stamped.

The fee will depend on the type of visa that you are applying for. To see more details, check out our Vietnam visa fee page.

Here is a sample fee board for Vietnam tourist visa provided by Vietnam-visa.com:

Showing price for:
Tourist visa
Business visa
Type of visa 1 pax 2 pax 3+ pax Stamping fee
1 month single entry $21 $18.25 $17.25 $25
3 months single entry $34 $30.25 $28.25 $25
1 month multiple entry $26 $23.25 $22.25 $50
3 months multiple entry $55 $52.25 $46.75 $50
Type of visa 1 pax 2 pax 3+ pax Stamping fee
1 month single entry $119 $114 $108 $25
3 months single entry $140 $133 $126 $25
1 month multiple entry $119 $114 $108 $50
3 months multiple entry $146 $139 $135 $50
6 months multiple entry $361 $344 $333 $95

Service Fee is quoted in US $/pax

The above fees apply to normal service of 2 working days processing. You need to pay extra:
  • US $10/pax for 1 working day processing;
  • US $25/pax for 4 working hours processing;
  • US $50/pax for 2 working hours processing.
The above fees apply to normal service of 7 working days processing. You need to pay extra:
  • US $30/pax for 3 working days processing;
  • US $50/pax for 2 working days processing.

How to Apply

Submit the application form online for an approval letter
Get approval letter via email and print it out. Prepare Vietnamese visa application form (also known as entry-and-exit application form), 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm, your passport and cash for stamping fee.
Present prepared documents mentioned above to the officer at Landing VISA (VOA) Counter at the Vietnam international airport to get VISA stamped on your passport.

The above are brief steps for VOA application. See full guide on how to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Processing Time

The duration of processing an approval letter for a Vietnam visa on arrival is from one (1) working hour to two (2) working days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and national or international holidays), depending on your selected visa processing time.

Extra Notes

  • Unlike visa on arrival to Cambodia, Thailand or Laos which can be obtained right at the entry border gate by completing a form there, Vietnam visa on arrival requires travelers to obtain a visa approval letter beforehand to get visa stamped at Vietnam international airport.
  • Vietnam visa on arrival is used for air travel only. If you travel to Vietnam by cruise or land, you are required to get a full authorized visa prior to your arrival.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at your entry time in Vietnam.
  • Children having their own passports are charged with the same fee like adults.
  • Up to now, there is NO OFFICIAL website for Vietnam visa on arrival service. All websites supplying the service of getting approval letter are private agencies. Thus, you should not be confused by a variety of websites with organizational internet domain TLDs (org, gov, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

It does not matter at all.

As the Visa approval letter (to pick up visa on arrival) works at all 8 international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Da Nang in Da Nang, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc in Phu Quoc island, Lien Khuong in Da Lat and Can Tho in Can Tho city), you can switch your arrival airports among them and get the visa stamped without problems.

It does not matter at all. In case you are still not sure about your travel dates, you can provide planned ones when you fill in the online VOA Vietnam application form.

But please be kindly informed that you cannot enter Vietnam sooner than your provided arrival dates but later. So, please carefully consider before putting your dates into the form.

You can apply for the letter whenever you wish as it becomes valid from the arrival date granted, not from the date you apply for visa or the date you receive the letter.

The latest time to apply for visa approval letter for Vietnam should be 2 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (for business visa) to avoid urgent processing cost.

No. When using Vietnam visa on arrival (or VOA Vietnam), you have nothing to work with the Vietnam embassy regarding your visa for Vietnam.

After getting the visa approval letter via email, you only need to print it out together with the attached Vietnamese visa application form (formerly known as Entry and Exit Form) and then get the visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport by showing these forms, original passport, photos and paying for stamping fee there.

No. You do not need to provide any document to apply online for the Vietnam visa approval letter, you only need to provide your information, including:

  • Your contact details (name, email and possibly phone number);
  • Your travel dates;
  • Applicant’s information (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, date of birth and passport expiry date).

No, you cannot. To get your visa on arrival to Vietnam, an approval letter (pre-approved visa letter) is required. So, you have to apply online via a visa center.

No, please be advised that you need to pay the stamping fee in cash at the Vietnam international airport upon arrival.

Yes, we do offer fast-track service that can help you avoid the queue, save your time and energy that can be used for other more interesting activities in Vietnam.

Why apply with us?

Less than 3 working days processing.

24/7 support via chat, phone and email.

Clear fees.

100% money back guarantee for declined applications.

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