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How to Apply for Vietnam Visa

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Despite being subject to a very long duration of wars, Vietnam has strongly developed and overcome vestiges of war to become a peaceful country and a favorite destination among travelers around the world. Visiting the country, one will easily see stunning landscapes gifted by the nature, magnificent beaches and wonderful waterfalls, as well as meet friendly locals, have chance to enjoy super-delicious dishes across the country. But they are not all that form attractiveness of Vietnam. One more thing that should be mentioned in list of reason why Vietnam is attractive is easy and simple process of Vietnam visa application.

Thanks to open policy of the Vietnamese government to attract more and more tourists to the country, application for visa to Vietnam has been made much easier than ever. Travelers to Vietnam now may obtain a visa in either of the following options:

  1. Apply for Vietnam visa at a local embassy (traditional option to get a visa for Vietnam); OR
  2. Apply for a visa on arrival (applying online for visa approval letter and getting visa upon arrival in Vietnam, issued by Vietnam Immigration Department) – a later born but convenient option to get visa for Vietnam).

Visas whether issued by the embassy or issued by the Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam Immigration Department have the same legal value. But travelers should keep in mind that they are different in a number of aspects as following:

1. Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy:

- Issuing unit: Vietnam Embassy

- Issue place: Vietnam Embassy

- Required documents: hard copy of application form, original passport, etc. as required by embassy

- Fee: Visa fee and others if any as required by the embassy

- Processing time: 4 or 5 working days

- Applicable applicants: All travelers to Vietnam

- How to submit application: In person or by post

- Procedure:

+ Contact the Vietnam embassy for detailed information;

+ Submit the application in person or by post;

+ Contact the Vietnam Embassy for processing information;

+ Receive original passport with full visa from the embassy in person or by post.

2. Vietnam Visa on arrival

- Issuing unit: Vietnam Immigration Department

- Issue place: Arrival airport in Vietnam

- Fee: Service fee and stamping fee published on website of travel agents providing Vietnam visa on arrival service

- Processing time: 1 or 2 working days.

- Applicable applicants: Travelers to Vietnam by air

- How to submit application: online right at home or any place

- Procedure:

+ Access to a website providing Visa on Arrival service such as, submit online application form and receive visa approval letter via email;

+ Get visa stamped onto passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport



Which option is better for your trip? It's your choice!

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First time to Vietnam

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Vietnam Travel alerts

Travel insurance: As still a developing country, Vietnam has several diseases, so besides bringing medicines, it’s better to buy insurance for yourself before you go, because all the medical safety advice in the world isn’t going to cover your medical bills if something does go wrong. You may refer to World Nomads for buying online.
First Aid kit. Now that you've gone to the trouble of getting yourself a whiz-bang first-aid kit, remember to actually take it with you. There's no point coming off that mountain bike at the top of the hill and realizing the bandages are all the way at the bottom. 


Tips and Things to remember Before You Go

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Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam:
Bring as little as possible, Vietnam has pretty much anything you can find back home.
Necessary documents: your  passport and  Vietnam visa (with their copies); 2 photos (3cmx4cm), tour dossier (tour itinerary, address of travel agent or travel company operator, contact number… ) and others (if needed).
Cash in US$5’s, US$10’s, US$20’s and US$100’s (US dollars are commonly acceptable)
All the soaps and smellies are cheap and plentiful, and clothing, shoes and backpacks are all manufactured in Vietnam and available at a fraction of the price in the West. Tampons are available in all major towns and cities, but not in more remote areas.
A Swiss-army knife or equivalent come in handy, but you don’t need 27 separate functions, just one blade and an opener. A torch (flashlight) and compass are also useful.
Other handy things to bring are: name cards, as Vietnamese deal them out like a deck of cards; ear plugs to block the ever-present noise; a universal plug adaptor; a rain cover for the backpack; a sweater for the highlands and air-con bus trips; mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay; and a folding umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season (July and August are the wettest months).
The secret of successful packing:  plastic bags – not only do they keep things separate and clean, but also dry. That means a lot at the end of a long, wet day.

Vietnam overview

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Article Index
Vietnam overview
Time zone and Business hours
Vietnam Climate/Weather
Historical features
Vietnam Culture
Population & People of Vietnam
Languages in Vietnam
Vietnam recommended readings
Vietnamese Religion
Main National festivals
Public Holidays
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Geographical Location

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country that features the total area of 329,560 square kilometers. Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos, and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.

The country’s total length from north to south is more than 1,650km. Its width, stretching from east to west, is over 600km at the widest point in the north, 400km in the south, and 50km at the narrowest part in Quang Binh province (in the Middle). The coastline is 3,260km long and the inland border is 4,510km. Also, Vietnam is a transport junction from the Indian to the Pacific Ocean. The current capital is Hanoi city, located in the north, or the upper part of the “S”.

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