From February 1, 2017, nationals from 40 countries visiting Vietnam will be able to apply for a Vietnam e-visa. And this number has been increased to 46 countries currently.
This kind of visa is valid for 30 days with one single entry. This move belongs to the two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic Vietnam visa system for foreign tourists visiting the country announced by the Vietnam Government.
Following is the full list of eligible nationalities for Vietnam e-visa (updated in 2019)
Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina
China (Including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders, Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders)
The former Yugoslav of Macedonia
Federated States of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
To apply for e-visas, those citizens can access to https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt, complete the form with required information and documents. After that, they will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.
It will take 3 working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not.
Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present when they arrive.
Visitors can touch down at any of Vietnam’s 8 international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at 7 ports across the country.
And as updated in 2019, those with evisa can enter Vietnam through 33 ports of Vietnam. List of the Vietnam evisa ports can be downloaded here. But please remember that you must enter Vietnam via the port you are granted in the e-visa. Otherwise, you cannot enter Vietnam with that visa.
In addition to this new type of e-visa, Vietnam visa on arrival is currently a popular way to get a visa for Vietnam as its application is also made online and requires no document at all. Please check your nationality by selecting your country at: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/how-to-apply-vietnam-visa/ For example, if you currently lives in Portugal, you can find useful information to get Vietnam Visa for Portugal.
To see a brief comparison between these two kinds of visa, you can refer to https://www.vietnam-visa.com/compare-vietnam-visa-on-arrival-and-vietnam-e-visa/.