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[Vietnam Visa Guide] How To Obtain A Vietnam Tourist Visa For Canadians In 2020?

For Canadian travel lovers interested in exploring Vietnam, don’t let the visa application discourage you embarking on the journey. The growth of international tourism now has opened many opportunities to make this process become more easier than ever. In this guide, you can find details on how to obtain a Vietnam tourist visa for Canadians in 2020. 

Overview of the Vietnam tourist visa application for Canadians in 2020

In general, the visa exemption does not apply to Canadians. In other words, when Canadian passport holders travel to Vietnam for any reason (working, traveling, studying, and so forth), they have to apply for a valid visa.

You may find the process may be more complicated to get one compared to that of neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia region. The government, however, strives for promoting Vietnam tourism to the world; there are increasing adjustments regarding policy to minimize bureaucracy involvement. Besides, the alternative options are using visas on arrival and e-visa, saving time and efforts getting one at Vietnam Embassy or Consulate General in Canada.

Frequently asked questions about Vietnam tourist visa for Canadians in 2020

What should I prepare prior to applying for a Vietnam tourist visa?

In order to apply for a Vietnam tourist visa, you must make sure that your Canadian passport meet the following entry requirements:

  • The Canadian passport has to be valid for a minimum of 06 months beyond the arrival date.
  • The Canadian passport has to have at least 02 blank pages for a visa stamp.

Certainly, there are other required documents, which will be mentioned in detail in the following section.

Your Canadian passport must meet the entry requirements prior to the Vietnam visa application.

How can I apply for a Vietnam tourist visa?

Through the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy

Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa, Canada

  • Visit the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy office to obtain the form or you can download the form online from the Vietnam government website. You can find the address of these offices below.
  • Fill in the form as the guidance.
  • Pay the application fee and submit the form along with your passport by re-visiting the Consulate or Embassy office or sending by post.
  • Receive your application result.

 

Address and Contact Information of Vietnam Embassy in Canada
Address  55 MacKay Street, Ottawa, K1M 2B2, Canada
Phone (613) 236 0772
Fax (613) 236 2704
Hotline 613-700-4779 or 613-882-6699
Email vietem-inter@uniserve.com or vietnamembassy@rogers.com
Website https://vnembassy-ontario.mofa.gov.vn

 

Address and Contact Information of Vietnam Consulate General in Canada
Address  800-605 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B5J3, Canada
Phone (+1) 604-629-0189
Fax (+1) 604-681-2906
Email consul.vancouver@mofa.gov.vn or consul.vancouver@gmail.com
Website https://www.mofa.gov.vn/vnconsulate.vancouver

Apply online through Electronic visa

  • Submit your visa application via the Vietnam Government E-visa application website or through a Vietnamese E-visa agency.
  • Fill in all the information, then upload the scanned photo and passport; the copy of your photo and passport should be clear and identifiable to avoid undesirable risks. (An email for payment confirmation will be sent out by email after paying the application fee).
  • If you got approved, follow the instruction and print out your visa.

You can apply Vietnam electronic visa anywhere with cellphone or laptop

Visa on Arrival

  • Look for a professional Vietnamese visa agency and contact the most reliable one to process visa on arrival application.
  • Provide the required information and pay the service fees for the approval letter (the service fees for the agency are refundable in case your visa is not approved)
  • Print the approval letter out after receiving it from the agency as it is required to show the letter during plan boarding.
  • When arriving at one of the international airports in Vietnam, find the visa upon arrival counter by following the direction signboards, then submit the letter along with your passport.
  • Obtain the visa stamp on your passport.

Tourists lining up at a visa on arrival desk at an international airport in Vietnam.

What documents are required when applying for a Vietnam visa?

If you apply through the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy

  • Vietnam visa application form: You can download the form online or directly get it at the Consulate General or Embassy.
  • 02 personal photos taken with a white background (size 3x4cm and taken within 06 months).
  • Copies of documents proving your entering Vietnam, for example, airline tickets, hotel reservation confirmation, and so forth.

If you apply for E-visa

  • A scanned copy or a photo of your passport (must be a clear and identifiable copy).
  • A scanned personal photo (600×400 pixel and taken within 06 months).
  • Your Visa Card or MasterCard (used to pay the visa fees later).

If you apply for a visa on arrival

  • To obtain the visa approval letter: Follow your agency’s guidance on what information is needed (for example, your full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, etc.)
  • To obtain the visa stamp at Vietnam international airport: visa approval letter, 2 photos 3x4cm and visa application form.

How much is the Vietnam visa fee?

If you apply through the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy

Please contact the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy for further details of visa fee.

If you apply for E-visa

The current fee amount of E-visa application is US $40.

If you apply for a visa on arrival

The stamping fee for Canadian tourists is US $25 for single entry and US $50 for multiple entry. However, please note that you also have to pay for the service fees for the agency to obtain the approval letter, which varies from US $6 to more than $20 (depending on the agency’s reputation and your required processing time).

How long does it take to obtain a Vietnam tourist visa?

The processing time depends on your type of visa.

For those applying through the Vietnam Consulate General or Embassy, you may obtain your Vietnam tourist visa within 5 to 7 working days.

For those applying for E-visa, it only takes about 02 working days to get your visa.

For those who apply for a visa on arrival, normally, the agency may send you your visa approval letter within 02 days. You can ask for a faster service from your agency, higher service fees are surely applied.

Which is the most preferable Vietnam tourist visa?

The answer will depend on your demand, budget and personal situations. If you want to go with a traditional and guaranteed option, applying through the Consulate or Embassy is highly suitable for you. Those who are not familiar with such visa application process can consider the visa on arrival as their priority since the appearance of a trust-worthy agency is really helpful; yet, an additional cost for your trip, coming from the service fees, is required. With technophiles, who can process the whole application by themselves, E-visa is an ideal choice as they can make it themselves without too much cost and time.

How can I increase my approval rate when applying for a Vietnam tourist visa?

The only tip is be really well-prepared with all of your documents. Do not hesitate to ask the staff of the Consulate or Embassy, the visa agency and also the support chat box on E-visa application website. By this way, you can make sure that all of your documents are valid for a higher rate of visa approval.

Key takeaway on the Vietnam tourist visa application for Canadians in 2020

As can be seen, the Vietnam tourist visa application is now really accessible with a total number of 03 types for you to freely pick. Always remember to have your documents legally acceptable and the scanned copies must be easy to identify.

Wish you have a wonderful trip in this S-shaped land.

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