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Wise choice for UK citizens to get Vietnam visa

Last update: Jan 02, 2019

For most UK citizens who are getting a visa to travel in Vietnam, the common concern is that they should apply for e-visa or visa on arrival. It can be considered that each of the two kinds has its own advantages as well as drawbacks. By having more necessary information, they may figure out which kind of visa is best fit in their circumstance.

First launched since February 1, 2017, Vietnam e-visa is a very new way for foreign travelers to get a visa to Vietnam. For more details about Vietnam Evisa, don’t hesitate to find out at: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-vietnam-e-visa/

And the Vietnam Visa On Arrival has become popular in every visitor’s mind now. All the two option is done online, but there are still some differences regarding validity, application methods, entrance gates, and so on.

In terms of issuing authority, both kinds are issued by Vietnam Immigration Department. For beneficiaries, Vietnam visa on arrival is applied for all travelers coming to Vietnam by air while e-visa is legal for only citizens of 40 countries regulated in a specific list. Vietnam visa on arrival is for those who have various purposes such as leisure and business while e-visa is only for vacation purpose.

With regard to visa validity, there is a difference between the two types, as the visa on arrival can be valid for multiple entries of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year, while e-visa can be applied for one month single entrance only. Concerning the visa fee, the cost for visa on arrival will be different from each type, and in case your visa application is refused, the fee will be full refunded. On the contrary, e- visa charge can be returned in case of refusal, and the fee is around $25 per case.

In respect to the procedure to get a visa, you can follow these steps for visa on arrival to make it easily:

  • (Optional) Check the Vietnam visa requirements & Vietnam visa cost from UK 
  • Access https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html and fill in the form online;
  • Pay for service fee via Credit card/Western Union, etc.;
  • Get visa approval letter by email;
  • After showing an original passport, passport-sized photos, entry and exit form and stamping fee when you arrive at Vietnam airport, your visa will be stamped.

And for e-visa, the process is quite distinct:

  • First of all, go directly to the page https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt and complete the form with the necessary information, then attach photos of yourself and your passport page;
  • Pay for visa fee;
  • After all, you can receive a digital code to track the application process. Finally, your e- visa is issued and printed out.

With reference to processing time, visa on arrival requires for 2 working days or sometimes faster to receive visa approval letter, and in case of e-visa applying, you will have to wait for 3 working days to identify the status of your visa application.

In the matter of entry gates, visa on arrival is allowed in 5 main international airports in 5 cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa. For e-visa, the entry can be totally 28 gates consisting of 8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports around Vietnam.

Last but not least, in case you apply for visa on arrival, please bear in mind that you may have to spend up to 30 minutes or 1 hour to have your visa stamped on original passport at Vietnam airport if there are so many applicants staying outside there to get the same thing. And that of e-visa, you might be refused by some certain airlines or even immigration staff at the airports as this kind of visa seems strange to them then they may have not been aware of. So the best way is to check with your airlines first to get out of this inconvenience!

Through some remarkable comparison between the two methods of getting visa, we guess that it helps you easily figure out what you have to do in the most advantageous way.

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