Traveling to Vietnam has never been easier. The Vietnam Immigration Department offers a single entry e-Visa to nationals from 80 countries, for a period of 30 days. When I planned my trip to Vietnam, I applied for an e-Visa and my entry to Vietnam was absolutely seamless.

Visa on Arrival v/s e-Visa

Several nationals are also eligible for a Visa on Arrival, in Vietnam. However, I would recommend the Vietnam e-Visa over Visa on Arrival because it saves time and avoids the hassle of waiting in long queues at the counter and filling forms while standing. The only trade-off is that an e-Visa costs around 5 USD more than a visa on arrival, but it also saves a lot of time and is worth opting for.

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Where to Apply for a Vietnam e-Visa?

One can apply for an e-Visa here. Choose the Visa Type as ‘evisa – 30 days, single entry‘ and fill out the online form. You will be required to upload a soft copy of your passport size photo and the first and last pages of your passport where your details are printed. You will also be required to mention the dates of entry/exit and the ports/airports of entry/exit in Vietnam (you can actually enter Vietnam by land, sea or air). The cost of a Vietnam e-Visa is 35 USD and you will need a Credit Card or an International Debit Card to make the payment.

What Next?

Once you apply for the Vietnam e-Visa, you will get an email from visa@vietnamimmigration.org in 2-3 days with an attached copy of your e-Visa. Make sure you verify all the details and take print outs of the same (black and white will do). Carry two copies of your Vietnam e-Visa with you, and when you arrive in Vietnam, head straight to the Immigration Counter and show your e-Visa to the Immigration Officer. Once it is approved, you will gain entry to Vietnam.

This is how the Vietnam e-Visa looks like

Things to Check Before Applying for a Vietnam e-Visa

  1. Make sure you belong to any of the countries mentioned below, as nationals of only these countries are eligible for a Vietnam e-Visa:
Andorra Argentina Armenia Australia Austria
Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil
Brunei Bulgaria Canada Chile China Mainland
Colombia Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia Fiji Finland France
Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland
India Ireland Italy Japan Kazakhstan
Korea (South) Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Macedonia Malta Marshall Islands Mexico Micronesia
Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Myanmar
Nauru Netherland New Zealand Norway Palau
Panama Papua New Guinea Peru Philippines Poland
Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Samoa
San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands
Spain Sweden Switzerland Timor Leste United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom United States Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela
Hong Kong (China) Macau (China)      

 

 

 

2. Verify the list of checkpoints within the country and make sure your checkpoint for entry/exit is mentioned within the list:

No. Port name
International Airport
1 Cat Bi Int Airport (Hai Phong)
2 Cam Ranh Int Airport (Khanh Hoa)
3 Can Tho International Airport
4 Da Nang International Airport
5 Noi Bai Int Airport (Ha Noi)
6 Phu Bai Int Airport
7 Phu Quoc International Airport
8 Tan Son Nhat Int Airport (Ho Chi
  Minh City)
International Landport
9 Bo Y Landport
10 Cha Lo Landport
11 Cau Treo Landport
12 Huu Nghi Landport
13 Ha Tien Landport
14 Lao Bao Landport
15 Lao Cai Landport
16 La Lay Landport
17 Moc Bai Landport
18 Mong Cai Landport
19 Nam Can Landport
20 Na Meo Landport
21 Song Tien Landport
22 Tinh Bien Landport
23 Tay Trang Landport
24 Xa Mat Landport
International Seaport
25 Chan May Seaport
26 Da Nang Seaport
27 Duong Dong Seaport
28 Hon Gai Seaport
29 Hai Phong Seaport
30 Nha Trang Seaport
31 Quy Nhon Seaport
32 Ho Chi Minh City Seaport
33 Vung Tau Seaport

3. Make sure your passport has a validity of 6 months and the passport size photo you upload is in .jpg format (4×6, white background, without glasses).

Cover Photo - Vietnam eVisa