You have traveled all around the world? There’s nothing could stop you from running around the Sahara Desert, crossing the Mexico – US border, sailing through the Pacific Ocean, etc. but have you tried Vietnam?
Vietnam is one peaceful country of the SEA, many foreigners have come and enjoyed the landscapes, the people and all the famous foods here, but many cannot. “Why?” – your mind must be popping up this question at the moment. Our answer is that obtain Vietnam Visa is ‘a bit’ complicated to travel this beautiful country. However, this series of Hoozing will help you understand how Vietnam Visa works under FAQ form.
QUESTION 1: What is the most proper and legal way to obtain Vietnam Visa?
Answer: You can follow these step to obtain Vietnam visa when living in Vietnam.
Step 1: Prepare for the papers for this process. You will need to fill the Application Form for Visa Issuance, Stay Extension (download here).
Step 2: Apply your form
You can apply your form in one of these three offices of the Vietnam Immigration Department:
- 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi.
- 254 Nguyen Trai, D1, HCMC.
- 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang.
The officer will take a look at your form and examine if:
- Your form is good to go, then the form will be printed out and stored, the officer will give you a receipt used to get your Visa in the future.
- Your form is not completed, has any wrong pieces of information or misses the standard, the officer will instruct you to correct it.
Please note that they will only receive your form on the weekday (Monday to Friday).
Step 3: Receive your Vietnam VISA:
Hand your receipt, ID card or Passport to the officer. If your request is already done, then just pay the fee and sign in the confirmation sheet and get your VISA home.
You can only receive your Visa from Monday to Saturday (excluding Sunday and national holidays).
Due date: 5 working days started from the form filed date.
- Single entry Visa: $45.
- Multiple entry Visa: 1-month valid: $65; 6-month valid: $90; longer than 6 months: $135.
- For transferring old Visa, duration of stay validity when you renew your passport card: $15.
Terms and conditions of the process:
- The entities (individuals or organizations) who ask for VISA issuance, addition, replacement, or stay extension for foreigners must have a legal status authorized by the Vietnam Immigration Department under Law No. 47/2014/QH13 (issued on June, 16th 2014).
- Foreigners have to own a legal passport, VISA (except for VISA exemption), temporary card issued by competent authorities of Vietnam Government.
- Foreigners have to currently live in Vietnam, who is not granted as the status “has not been allowed to enter Vietnam” or “Suspension of exit”.
- Vietnam citizens who ask for VISA issuance, addition, replacement, or stay extension for foreigners have to be their legal parents, spouses or children.
- Law No. 47/2014/QH1, issued on June, 16th 2014.
- Circular No. 04/2015/TT-BCA, issued on January, 5th 2015.
- Circular No. 66/2009/TT-BTC, issued on March, 30th 2009.
- Circular No. 190/2012/TT-BTC, issued on November, 11th 2012.
- Circular No. 31/2015/TT-BCA, issued on July, 6th 2015.
- Circular No. 219/2016/TT-BTC, issued on November, 10th 2015.
QUESTION 2: How can I obtain Vietnam Visa for foreigners living outside Vietnam online?
Answer: Vietnamese Government is offering the e-VISA application for several countries which are Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brunei, Korea, Germany, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, East Timor, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Mongolia, Japan, Panama, Peru, Finland, France, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Sweden, China (not applied to Chinese e-passport holders), Uruguay, Venezuela, Norway and Slovakia.
If you can read Vietnamese, this paper (here) will help a lot, if not, this is a concise English version to obtain Vietnam VISA.
Hereby is the terms and conditions to apply Vietnam e-Visa. The person who applies Vietnam e-Visa:
- Must be foreigner living outside of Vietnam.
- Has a legal passport.
- is not granted as the status “has not been allowed to enter Vietnam” or “Suspension of exit” as stated in the Article 21. of Law No. 47/2014/QH13 dated June 16, 2014 of the National Assembly on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam.
Step 1: Access the website of the Vietnam Immigration Department here.
Step 2: Fill in all required information, including your closed portrait photo and passport data page photo.
Step 3: When you finish the previous step, a registration code will be sent to you.
Step 4: You need to pay $25 for this service. After that, your application will be processed within 3 working days.
Step 5: Access this site to check if your application is approved. All you need to do is enter registration code, your registration email and date of birth. If your form is approved, just printed out to enter or exit Vietnam.
- There are only 28 ports that allow foreigners to enter or exit Vietnam by e-Visa. Take a look at it here.
- Vietnam e-Visa only has the validity of 30 days and is used for single entry.
- You cannot claim the application fee even if your application is failed.