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[Vietnam Visa 2021] Visa At The Embassy, Visa On Arrival & Evisa – Detailed Comparison Of All Types For Applying Vietnam Visa

Life is growing, and the demand of travelling overseas has become one of the basic needs of people. As one of the developing countries, Vietnam has also become a destination to attract many visitors to travel, work or seek for markets … so that the demand for visa (visas) also should be more necessary. Currently, a Vietnamese visa is requested in three types: Applying directly through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in the host country, electronic visa, and visa upon arrival. What are the differences between these types? What kind is right for you? So let’s get to know more in the article below.

The visa is an indispensable document when you want to travel to another country

  1. Applying a visa directly from the Vietnamese embassy or consulate

Applying for a visa directly from the Vietnamese embassy or consulate is a traditional way, suitable for those who are close to the cities with Vietnamese representative offices.

Required Documents

  • The passport is valid for at least 6 months, has at least 2 blank pages.
  • 02 photos with white background size 2 “x 2”
  • Vietnam visa application form (it can be downloaded directly online or use the form at the embassy or consulate)
  • Copies of documents proving the purpose of entering Vietnam (for example airline tickets, hotel reservation confirmation, etc.)
  • Fees (depending on the embassy)

The process of applying for a visa directly:

Step 1: Find the address of the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your country.

Step 2: Prepare the above documents

Step 3: Submit your file and visa application fee (this fee is not refundable if the application is not successful)

Step 4: Get an appointment and come to receive the results of the visa application from the Vietnamese embassy or consulate (for cases where you want to obtain a visa through the post office, you can register and pay fees to Vietnamese representation agencies).

Vietnam embassy in Seoul Korea

The deadline for obtaining the visa

Usually the time for receiving the results of the visa application is from 5 to 7 working days (excluding holidays and holidays) depending on the appointment of the Vietnamese embassy or consulate.

Advantages of visa application getting from Vietnamese embassy and consulate

– The type of visa obtained from a Vietnamese embassy in the host country has the advantage of ensuring a high success rate in addition to being more reliable because it is direct from the Vietnamese government.

– Various types of visas, you can apply for entry once or several times on conditions from one month to one year.

Disadvantages of the visa application type from Vietnamese embassy and consulate

In addition, this type also has several disadvantages that you should consider:

  • The time for receiving a visa is long, from 5 to 7 working days, depending on the schedule of the Vietnamese embassy preparation
  • The cost of obtaining a higher visa (fees, travel fees, paperwork …)
  • It takes more time to move and actions
  • Not suitable for those who are away from cities with Vietnamese representative offices
  • More papers work and more complicated because you have to prepare the documents and submit it by yourself


  1. Visa on Arrival

An on-arrival visa is the second type of development to solve the visa application problems. Simply understand, by this type you only need to obtain a “visa approval letter” (this letter can only be obtained from travel agents or visa agencies in Vietnam) before moving to the entry airport and using it to receive the visa stamp upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

 Required Documents

To apply for the visa approval letter:

  • You only need to provide the necessary information to the accredited agency such as: full name, nationality, gender, date of birth and passport number (some additional cases require air ticket, hotel booking and passport copy)
  • Service fees (depending on the company’s service price, ranging from 6 to 50 dollars depending on the difficulty of the nationality and type of visa)

approval letter

To receive visa stamps at the airport:

  • The original passport is valid for at least 6 months, one blank page for visa and one blank page for immigration stamps
  • Visa approval letter (received from the accredited agency prior to flight)
  • Visa application form (received via email from the accredited agency before flying)
  • Fee ($ 25 for single entry visas and $ 50 for multiple entry visas)

The visa application process upon arrival

Step 1: Search for a reliable visa agency, provide personal information, and pay fees for the visa approval letter (this fee is refunded if the application is unsuccessful)

Step 2: Obtain the visa approval letter, print it and present it when boarding the plane

Step 3: Go to the Vietnam airport portal, find the visa upon arrival office, provide the necessary documents, pay the stamp fees, and collect the passport with the visa inside.

After you arrive at Vietnam Airport, please find the visa upon arrival counter, submit the visa approval letter with your passport, pay the fees, and obtain a passport with the visa stamp inside.

Processing time

The time for receiving a visa approval letter is two working days (it may be faster in one hour, one day … if you use the urgent service and pay additional fees).

Benefits of applying a visa upon arrival

  • It applies to all nationalities and different types of entry visas: once or multiple times, for one month, 3 months, 6 months to one year
  • High success rate (99% passing rate)
  • Guaranteed cost recovery if the application does not work (note to negotiate with the accredited agency first and choose only reputable one)
  • Time to receive results quickly (two working days or less)
  • The cost of visa application is less than the type of application at the embassy or consulate
  • No time and cost to transfer, you can stay at home and submit information to the agency in Vietnam
  • The simplest procedures, documents, advice and support information from service companies

Disadvantages of visa upon arrival

The type of delegation is not sure if you cannot find accredited agency with a good reputation

When many people enter the airport on a busy days, it may take a lot of for waiting to receive the visa stamp on your passport.

  1. Electronic Visa (E-visa)

The e-visa is the latest type of visa application in Vietnam currently. This type was created to overcome the defects of the above two types for visa application. All you have to do is provide the information on the website and retrieve the electronic visa via e-mail, print it and present it on your passport to enter Vietnam.

Vietnam Evisa

 Required Documents

Scanning a passport with a validity period of no less than 6 months.

Scan personal photos (600 x 400 pixels)

Visa or Master Card (used to pay visa fees)

The electronic visa application process

Step 1: Enter the Vietnam e-Visa registration on the website

Step 2: Fill in the required information on the website, upload the photos and the passport.

Step 3: Pay the electronic visa fee (this fee is fully refundable if the application is refused). After this step you will receive the electronic email confirmation with registration code.

Step 4: Print the visa when receiving the electronic visa via e-mail.

Registration of electronic visas is very simple. You only need to provide personal information and upload passport photos with personal photos

Processing time

The time to receive an electronic visa is 2 working days. You can track the results on the website by chat support or email.

Benefits of applying an electronic visa

  • Convenient, time saving and cheap. All procedures are done at home as long as there is an Internet connection.
  • Processing time is relatively fast (in about 2 business days, service companies now offer e-visa service with a faster time that can be done within a few hours)
  • Obtaining a visa directly before coming to Vietnam

Disadvantages of applying for an electronic visa

  • If you register directly for the electronic visa on the Vietnamese Immigration Department portal, these are the problems you may encounter:
  • This type only applies to citizens of 80 countries and the two economic regions, following this list:

  • Can enter only once for a maximum period of 30 days

The above is currently analyzing 3 types of visa applicants for Vietnam. In general, each type has its advantages and disadvantages. You can refer to the above information, consider and choose the most appropriate visa type according to your specific circumstances. Whatever service you use, search for reputable companies and make clear the issues related to fees, procedures, and support … to avoid future risks.


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