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Visa On Arrival (VOA) is one of the several visa types issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department to foreigners intending to enter the country. Unlike a Vietnam e-Visa, citizens of all countries around the world can apply “Visa On Arrival” (VOA), applicants can apply VOA for staying for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months with single entry or multiple entry.
If you want to pick up your visa on arrival at international airports of Vietnam, you should apply online through our website or contact your travel agent in Vietnam to ask for a visa approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department (scroll down to see the sample the the visa approval letter below).
Then upon arrival at the international airports of Vietnam, you are required to show the visa approval letter to get visa stamp on your passport.
1.Visa Approval Letter
Visa Approval letter is the letter which is approved, signed & red sealed by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam Government). It allows you boarding airplane and picking up your visa at the international airports of Vietnam on arrival.
The people on the visa approval letter are granted permission to enter Vietnam, and they are permitted to pick up visa on arrival at the international airports.
The applicants’ personal information will be showed on the visa approval letter with detailed date of entry and length of stays permission.
The applicants normally share the visa approval letter with many other customers (up to 40 people in one letter) and all applicants’ names are printed on this letter. This kind of letter is cheaper than the private one.
If the applicants are concerned about privacy or security issues, they can ask for a private approval letter that bears only their name or the names of family members/ friends who are travelling with them. This kind of letter requires extra cost.
2. Who is eligible for Visa On Arrival?
Visa On Arrival is available for everybody. People of all nationalities can use this type of visa to enter Vietnam (no need to care about the nationality).
3. Entry ports
There are 6 international airports that you can enter by using Visa On Arrival:
4. Types of Visa On Arrival
5. Processing time to get Visa On Arrival
6. Documents to apply Visa On Arrival
Generally, the applicants do not need any documents for applying Visa On Arrival. They just apply online with the basic personal information, such as full name, gender, date of birth, nationality, etc. The applicants do not need to submit passport scans or photo like e-Visa. Therefore, there is normally no documents required when applying Visa On Arrival.
However, for some special cases, the applicants need to attach these following documents:
– Hotel booking confirmation
– Round-trip air ticket confirmation
– Passport copy
Their visa will be approved according to hotel booking and round-trip air ticket.
You can check detailed documents by sending us email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees for Visa On Arrival are divided into two types: Services fee and stamp fee
8. How to apply
It is very simple to apply Visa On Arrival. You just access our website and fill in some basic information about your name, gender, date of birth, passport, etc. and the type of visa you choose.
For detailed guidance, please click here.
9. Where to pick up Visa On Arrival?
In Vietnam international airports on arrival, you will see an office for issuing visa, called “landing visa counter” or “visa upon arrival”. This office is located in front of passport control counter. See image below for your reference.
– Noi Bai Int’l airport (in Hanoi city), you will see an office called “Visa Upon Arrival”
– Tan Son Nhat int’l airport (in Ho Chi Minh city), you will see an office called “Landing Visa”
– Da Nang int’l airport (in Da Nang city), you will see an office called “Visa On Arrival Office”
– Cam Ranh int’l airport (in Nha Trang city), you will see an office called “Visa Application”
10. Getting Visa stamp on arrival
At the date coming to Vietnam, you show this letter for boarding the airplane. After arriving at international airport in Vietnam, you come to the “landing visa counter” or “Visa upon arrival counter” to get visa stamp.
To get it, you should prepare some documents in advance: Original passport + visa approval letter + Vietnamese Visa Application Form (we usually send this form in the email so you can fill, attach photo and sign to save time on arrival) + Stamping fee.
Wait to be called for paying stamp fee and get back the passport with visa inside.
After this step, you get the visa stamp on your passport and can enter Vietnam officially.
Note: Please check your visa carefully and ask for correction immediately because you will have no chance to correct the mistake after exit passport control counter.
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