Vietnam visa approval letter

In case you are traveling to Vietnam by air and wish to obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival at the airport, the most important document you must have beforehand is a visa approval letter (also known as pre-approval visa letter or visa on arrival approval letter).

So now, let’s go in details about this type of document.

What is Vietnam visa approval letter?

“Vietnam Visa approval letter” is a document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam Ministry of Public Security) via a local travel agency to the travelers. It functions as an official permission allowing its owner(s) to board the flight to Vietnam and get visa stamped onto the passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

What does a Vietnam visa approval letter look like?

An approval letter for Vietnam visa contains:

  • Statement on allowing its holder(s) to enter Vietnam and get visa stamped at Vietnam airport;
  • Details of those permitted to enter Vietnam with this letter, including full name, passport number, date of birth, nationality,
  • Permitted duration to stay in Vietnam.

Here is a sample of visa approval letter for Vietnam:

Sample of Vietnam visa approval letter
Sample of Vietnam visa approval letter

How to get visa approval letter for Vietnam?

The procedure to get a tourist or business visa approval letter is the same at Vietnam-visa.com. It is completed online without any document, even a sponsor letter from a Vietnam company.

To get it, you only need to:

  1. complete the online application form with the following information:
    • Full name
    • Nationality
    • Gender
    • Passport number
    • Passport expiry date
    • Visa type
    • Travel dates
  2. make payment online with credit/debit cards or by bank transfer.

After that, we will process your visa approval letter application with the Vietnam Immigration Department and deliver the letter to your email.

How much does Vietnam visa on arrival letter cost?

Cost of a pre-approval letter for Vietnam visa also depends on type of visa you wish to get, how fast you want to get it and also number of applicants in your group.

You can see full details of this cost for your group here.

How long does it take to get approval letter for Vietnam visa?

The letter processing time depends on the type of visa you wish to get and how fast you want to get it.

Processing of a Vietnam tourist visa on arrival letter

  • normally takes 02 working days;
  • can be faster in 1 working day or even 2 – 4 working hours depending on your emergency.

Processing of a Vietnam business visa on arrival letter:

  • normally takes 07 working days;
  • can be faster in 2 – 3 working days depending on your emergency.

Types of Vietnam visa approval letter?

The letter is divided in two types, namely:

  • group visa approval letter (also known as shared letter); and
  • private visa approval letter (also known as confidential letter).

A group letter is a letter which may contain details of other travelers whose application are submitted to the Vietnam Immigration at the same time for processing.

A private letter is a letter which contains details of yours or your group only. This type of letter is provided upon your request.

Frequently asked questions

Is Vietnam visa approval letter scam or legitimate?

It is completely legitimate. Please be informed that an approval letter for Vietnam visa is issued by the Vietnam immigration Department via legally operated Vietnam travel agency, not by the travel agency you work with. So, with a valid approval letter, you completely can get the visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

Can I get visa on arrival at Vietnam airport without approval letter?

No. Unlike visa on arrival for Cambodia, etc. which can be picked up right at the border gate when you are there without doing anything before departure, a visa on arrival for Vietnam is issued only when you have a valid visa approval letter. Without it, you cannot board the flight to Vietnam, not to say get the visa stamped.

Can I get Vietnam visa approval letter stamped at embassy/consulate?

Yes. You can get your visa stamped at Vietnam embassy/consulate with visa approval letter.

However, please be noted that the letter to get visa stamped at Vietnam embassy/consulate is different from that to get visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport. In addition to the letter, you also get a Reference Letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department kindly requesting the Embassy/Consulate to stamp visa for you.

In case you want to get Vietnam visa in this way, please inform us and we will ask the Vietnam Immigration Department to process the letter for you.

Here is a sample visa approval letter to get visa stamped at Vietnam embassy/consulate:

Visa approval letter to get visa stamped at Vietnam embassy/consulate
Approval letter to get visa stamped at Vietnam embassy/consulate

And this is the reference letter of the Vietnam immigration Department to the foreign mission of Vietnam:

Reference letter from Vietnam Immigration Department
Reference letter from Vietnam Immigration Department

What is Vietnam visa approval letter validity?

Please be informed that this letter will be valid from the arrival date until the exit date granted on it, not from the date you apply for or receive it via email.

As such, you can submit the application for a visa approval letter to Vietnam at any time convenient for you.