An overview of three ways to obtain a Vietnam visa

By Duyet Vo | May 12, 2018

You are the tourist, business man, investor,… and you want to come Vietnam, but you have more queries about the ways to obtain a visa to Vietnam??? Don’t worry, we will help you having an overview about them.

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Currently, there are three ways of getting a visa to Vietnam as below: 

  • Vietnam visa at Embassy
  • Vietnam E-visa
  • Vietnam Visa on arrival

Things need to know

Vietnam Visa at Embassy

Vietnam E-visa

Vietnam Visa on arrival

  1. How to apply

Offline at the Embassy



  1. Applicable transportation

Any types of transportation

Any types of transportation

By air only

  1. Required documents

- Original passport.

- Completed application form

- One passport sized photo of 4*6

Secured Online form

Secured Online form

  1. Processing time

Vary from embassy to embassy

3 working days

- 2 working days for normal service

- 4 working hours for urgent service

- 30 working minutes for super urgent service.

  1. Cost

- Visa stamping fee

- Other current fee (such as visa approval arrangement fee, processing fee, shipping, handling and expedited service, etc)

Only e-visa fee

- Visa service fee

- Visa stamping fee

  1. Other Features

- Tracking visa process by calling to Embassy actively

- Get visa stamped at Embassy

Tracking visa process by live update from online system

- Tracking visa process by live update from online system

- Get visa stamped at the arrival counter

  1. Advantages

- Having visa already stamped onto your passport before your departure to Vietnam

- Applicable to travelers to Vietnam by any means of transport

- Making one-time payment for visa fee at Vietnam Embassy

- No need to send your original passport away

- Simple online process

- No need queuing to get visa stamped

- There is only one charge

- No need to send your original passport away

- Simple online process

- No dealing with immigration agency. We deal with them on your behalf

- Exceptionally convenient for those who are currently staying far away from Vietnam Embassy

- Having all fees clearly published

- Dedicated live support

  1. Disadvantages

- Parting with your original passport

- Spend more time driving to the nearest embassy or send documents by post

- Dealing directly with Vietnam embassies

- Various visa fees and procedures at different Vietnam embassies

- Only one choice is single entry and valid for a maximum of 30 days

- Cannot obtain a visa in urgent/super urgent cases which processing time is less than 3 days.

- Queuing in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam to get visa stamped

- Possibly having names of other people on your approval letter

- Foreigners cannot apply for visa on arrival themselves, the application must go through authorized travel agencies in Vietnam or organizations.


If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us via email or call our hotline (+84) 941 226 779


Thanks for your attentions!

Best regards,

Vietnam Immigration Advisor.