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How Early Should I Apply Vietnam Visa Before My Departure With US Passport?

I’m A US Citizen, Which Time Is The Best For Me To Apply For Vietnam Visa Before Arrival? Can I Apply Some Days Before My Departure Date Or Should I Apply Some Months Before? Is There Any Restriction?

First of all, you should pay attention to the types of Vietnam visa. You can enter Vietnam easily through 2 types of online visa as Electronic visa (E-visa) or Visa On Arrival which are so common for every traveler.

For your question, which time is the best for American citizens to apply Vietnam visa? Please see detailed answer as below:


You can apply for this type of visa via website of the tourism agencies by providing the required information into the online application form.

Working time: 48 hours.

You will get the Vietnam E-visa via email and present it to enter Vietnam.

In emergency, you can also use the express service to get E-visa faster with higher fee.

Visa On Arrival

This is also a type of online visa that you can totally apply via website. However, you need to prepare some compulsory required documents to get the visa stamp at Vietnam airports and enter Vietnam.

Before boarding the airplane, you need to have the “approval letter” in advance via website of tourism agencies:

  • Fill some required information in the online application form
  • Receive the approval letter after 48 working hours or even less than 48 hours with the express service (24 hours or less). Then you print it out and present it before boarding the airplane and get the visa stamp at Vietnam airports.

Therefore, you can apply for Vietnam visa before boarding the airplane at least 3 days. However, in order to avoid the risk, we suggest that you should apply 30 days before boarding the airplane. You also can apply some months before your departure date if you already fixed the plan.


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