Under Vietnam immigration new law and regulations, parallel with Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Immigration Department is authorized to issue Vietnam visa. It is called Vietnam visa on arrival, Vietnam visa online or Vietnam evisa.
Vietnam evisas allow visa applicants applying Vietnam visas through the internet by an online application form. If their visa applications have approved then they will receive an approval letter from the Immigration officers. The approval letter permits applicants fly to Vietnam without visa in advance as usual. They will receive their visas at a Vietnam International Airport.
Vietnam evisas contain tourist evisa and business evisa.
Vietnam business evisa is the visa for people who come to work, finding job or taking business conference, finding business opportunities in Vietnam. Business evisa allows people to travel also.
Vietnam tourist evisa is designed for people who want to travel to Vietnam, or visiting friends and family in Vietnam. It’s normally valid for 1 month.
First, it is fast. Normal process only takes 48 hours. In the urgent case it can be done in 2 hours.
Second, it is convenience. People can apply from anywhere and at any time. No matter it is at home or in a café or in an office, with a computer or Smartphone and an internet connection people can apply for Vietnam evisa. No matter it is holidays or in the middle of the night, people still can submit their visa application, no need to find physical office or waiting to the next day.
Third, it is cost saving. Assuming that you are going to drive from your house to a closest embassy or consulate office, how long does it take to be there and how much people have to pay for petrol, it can be a big saving if you live far away from embassies.
Fourth, it is time saving. Supposing that you were arriving at the embassy office after a long journey, it is lunch time and you have to find place to wait till open time, then it takes you a little more for waiting in the line, and then come back to pick up your visa. It must be a lot of time and frustrated.
There are 2 fees types you have to pay:
So please pay attention regarding cash USD to pay for stamp fee at the airports.
Approval letter is a letter which is sent to you from Vietnam Immigration Department. It is formed on the A4 size paper. This letter informs you that about visa application status whether it is accepted or denied.
If your application has accepted, the letter will let you know the date you can arrive and leave, you should arrive between these dates.
Your type of your visa (business or tourist, single or multiple entries)
A declaration that you can receive a visa at the airport where you will arrive
Your personal and passport information
Below is an example of an approval letter.
Entry date is the date you are allowed to enter Vietnam
Exit date is the date your visa has expired; you must leave Vietnam before this date otherwise you will have to pay a penalty money for breaking the immigration law. If you want to stay after this date you should apply for EXTEND VISA.
Vietnam single evisa (or visa) allows you to entry the country one time only, as soon as you leave the country after you have entered Vietnam, your visa will be cancelled and you cannot come back in again unless you applying for another new visa.
Multiple evisa means you can come in and out Vietnam many times during your visa validation.
For example, if you have entered Vietnam by air and then you leave to other countries such as Cambodia or Laos whatever, this type of visa allows you come back without any other visa requested.
You should arrive on or after the entry date (but before the exit date) which is given in the APPROVAL LETTER.
When arriving at the airport, you should following the instruction sign to get to the customs office to get your visa. Below are examples of Vietnam evisa offices and instructional sign.