1/ This is list of countries that Vietnam Immigration allows their citizens to enter Vietnam without visa with detailed length of stay. Unfortunately, South Africa isn’t in this list. Therefore, you still need visa to enter Vietnam.
|No||Citizens of||Days of Free Visa|
|1||United Kingdom||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2021)|
|2||France||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2021)|
|3||Italy||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2021)|
|4||Spain||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2021)|
|5||Germany||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2021)|
|6||Belarus||15 days (Valid until 30 June 2020)|
|8||South Korea||15 days|
|23||Chile||90 days (Starting from 11 August 2017)|
2/ Besides, there are two cases that you can travel to Vietnam without Visa:
There are many ways to obtain Vietnam Visa. Here are three most popular ones, but only two for citizens of South Africa (because E-visa is not eligible for South African). You can consider in order to choose the most suitable one.
There are 46 countries can apply E-Visa to Vietnam at this moment. Unfortunately, South Africa is not in the list of countries that its citizens can apply E-Visa to Vietnam. So, you should choose the others as below.
This is what many people usually do when they think about applying visa. The first thing you have to do is find out the Vietnam embassy or consulate address in your nation. Preparing all necessary documents for applying visa on the appointment date is your next step. If your current living nation doesn’t have Vietnam embassy or consulate, you need to go to the nearest nation having them to do this process. This way helps you surely to hold your visa before you come to Vietnam, but it takes a lot of time for processing (it normally takes about 5 – 7 working days to get the result) as well as it wastes your effort and time, especially in case the embassy or consulate is far away from your home.
You can see list of Vietnam Embassy and Consulate in South Africa here.
The documents to apply visa at the embassy/ consulate are normally included:
For further information, please contact Vietnam embassy/ consulate in South Africa.
Visa On Arrival is the visa applying for all nationalities all over the world, coming to Vietnam for tourist purpose or business purpose, with variety length of stay and time of entry (1 month single entry, 1 month multiple entries, 3 months single entry, 3 months multiple entries, 6 months multiple entries, 1 year multiple entries). Visa On Arrival has its own advantages, such as fast (only 2 working day for basic services, and 1- 8 hours for urgent services), time-saving and effort-saving (don’t have to go to the embassy/ consulate directly), simple (don’t have to prepare complicated documents), highly secret (personal information is kept in secret), and cheap (cheaper than other visa services). Another thing you need to know is that Visa On Arrival is only valid for those who enter Vietnam via airports. At the moment, there are 6 international airports in Vietnam agreeing on this visa, included: Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi City, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang City, Phu Quoc International Airport in Phu Quoc Island, Cat Bi International Airport in Hai Phong City.
It’s not allowed to apply Visa On Arrival from the embassy or consulate directly. Therefore, you have to choose a sponsor in Vietnam, and then you ask this one to apply Visa On Arrival for you. There are many sponsors which can apply Visa On Arrival in Vietnam now, but you should choose a prestigious company with fast, cheap and good-supporting quality. You can visit vietnamimmigration.com for your reference.
After choosing a Vietnam’s sponsor, all you need to do is fill in the form and wait for the result. It is quite simple, right? You can see detailed guidance in below:
Step 1: Fill in the form
The sponsor will send to you the form to apply. You only need to fill in the form with your personal information and kinds of visa you want to apply. It includes:
Step 2: Make online payment
After completing to fill in the form, you will receive an online payment notification. At this step, you can make payment by Credit card via PayPal. It is safe and easy to do. After finishing to make payment, you immediately receive an email informing about your order with detailed information. Your job is to wait for the result. It takes about 2 working days for basic services or faster if you choose urgent services.
Step 3: Receive Approval letter
Within 2 working days, the sponsor sends to you an email with Approval letter attached. For this Approval letter, you have to check carefully to make sure the information is correct. If there are any mistakes or errors, you need to contact to the Vietnam sponsor to revise it to the correct one. This visa approval letter helps you when you get in airplane and it’s required to show at “Landing Visa” or “Visa Upon Arrival” office for picking up your visa.
Step 4: When you come to Vietnam
On arrival at your destination airport, you are required to submit your visa approval letter + passport + Vietnamese visa application form, then waiting to be called for paying the visa stamping fee to get your visa. Therefore, you have to prepare these following documents:
Type of Visa
|One month single||25 USD|
|One month multiple||50 USD|
|Three months single||25 USD|
|Three months multiple||50 USD|
|Six months multiple||95 USD|
|One year multiple||135 USD|
After receiving your visa on Visa Counter, you check it again. If there are any mistakes or errors, you ask the immigration officer to revise it. After that, you can enter Vietnam.
Besides, for Visa On Arrival, you still have some special supporting packages:
The total fee you have to pay to get Visa On Arrival = Visa service fee + Visa stamp fee + Supporting Services
Vietnam is welcome you!
In summary, in accordance with Vietnam current laws, it is not difficult to obtain Visa to Vietnam. You can choose to do in the traditional way – going to you country’s Vietnam embassy or consultant, with necessary documents, applying and waiting for 5-7 working days to get the result. Or you can choose a sponsor in Vietnam to apply for Visa On Arrival. This visa allows you to stay in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. Furthermore, you can enter Vietnam 1 time or many times.
Visa On Arrival is in simple procedure (simple documents, only fill in the form with personal information and type of visa, no need to submit any original documents), with short processing time (about 2 working days for getting the result), urgent service support (from 1-8 hours for getting visa with additional fee) and On Arrival service support (pick up on arrival, help to get visa stamp (with Visa On Arrival), escort to check out via the VIP gate). That is the reason why tourists coming to Vietnam usually choose this type of visa instead of the traditional way.
Vietnam is welcome you. Come and see!