Chinese passport holders – Who can and cannot obtain Vietnam visa on arrival

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Vietnam – in neighborhood of China has long become a favorite destination of Chinese for a short escape from their country. And with the booming development of internet, visa on arrival to Vietnam which is applied online is much preferred by Chinese.

But the question is among Chinese travelers to Vietnam, who can apply for visa online and who cannot? This question will be dealt with in this post.

For others, visa on arrival to Vietnam is for those who travel to Vietnam by AIR. But for Chinese, it’s a little bit different. It is for Chinese passport holders to travel to Vietnam also by AIR from a country/territory OUTSIDE China mainland.

Otherwise, Chinese citizens need to obtain a Vietnam visa via the local Vietnam embassy in China or in any third country which is convenient for them.

Following is brief procedure to obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival for Chinese recommended by

Step 1: Going online at, fill out the form with required information including visa information, contact details and applicants’ details;

Step 2: Review the information again to ensure no mistake and then make payment for service fee;

Step 3: Receive visa approval letter via email within 2 working days (for tourist visas) or even quicker with urgent/super-urgent service. The Vietnamese visa application form (also known as entry and exit form) will be also attached to this email.

You then need to print them out, complete the form, prepare 2 passport-sized photos and attach one on the intended area on the form.

Step 4: Present your original passport and approval letter to the airline upon departure to get on board and then after landing at Vietnam airport, head to the visa upon arrival counter (Hanoi or Khanh Hoa), or Landing visa counter (Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang), show the original passport, approval letter together with the completed Vietnamese visa application form, and the photo and also stamping fee to get visa stamped onto your passport.

It is process easy for Chinese, isn’t it? But we would like to confirm once more that it is for Chinese flying to Vietnam from a foreign country/territory outside the China Mainland.

Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact which is a local site of, specially developed to assist Chinese travelers to obtain visa to Vietnam.