Tips to Securing a Vietnam Visa
When planning a trip to Vietnam, whether you want to explore all this magnificent country has to offer for your honeymoon or you want to enjoy a family vacation soaking up the history and culture, you will probably need a Vietnam visa.
There are two ways to get the right of entry that you require. The first is to visit the embassy in your home country, complete an application and pay the fee and wait for the visa to be ready or you can apply online for an approval letter, which is cheaper and much faster.
The first option of visiting the Vietnamese embassy in your home country is advantageous and many people feel this is a safer option, but be aware that in some cases the options they have available may not be the same as accepted in Vietnam, such as the duration of the visa being offered.
Online has become the most trusted and quickest way to secure a Vietnam visa. You apply online, which takes minutes, pay your approval letter fee and get your approval letter sent to your email within forty eight hours. It is imperative that you print out the letter and take it with you, as you will need to show this before you depart.
On arrive in the country, you will be required to show your approval letter, without it you will be refused entry. Once they have looked over your passport and approval letter, they will stamp the Vietnam visa in your passport and you will need to pay a stamp fee.
It is important that you have some idea of your travel dates before you submit any applications. Having some indication of your travel dates can ensure that the right of entry you receive is valid at the time of travel. When you apply online the date you give will be the first date you can travel, though if you do have to postpone your travel for a few days, it will still be valid.
Always apply in advance. This is exceptionally important if you have decided to secure your Vietnam visa from the Vietnamese Embassy in your home country. This isn’t as fast as applying online and can take anything from a few days to weeks before the approval comes through.
There are some countries which are able to enter the country without a valid visa. It’s important you ensure that your country is not listed and get the necessary documentation to avoid disappointment on arrival.
Those traveling from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia can enter the country for thirty days without a visa. Those coming from the Philippines can enter completely visa free for twenty one days and those coming from Finland, Denmark, Russia, Norway, Sweden, South Korea or Japan can enter visa free for fifteen days.
Most travelers who apply online or at their local embassy for a tourist Vietnam visa will be given thirty days entry into the country. Please note that the country is very strict on those that overstay, so if you think you want to stay a few extra days, ensure you visit the embassy offices in the town you are visiting as quickly as possible to get an extension for a further thirty days.
The country also provides those travelling for business to obtain a business visa, which is valid for six months. In order to qualify, you will have to have a Vietnamese sponsor.
There are no tricks or special ways in which to get your Vietnam visa. The best way to get what you need is to apply online as soon as you have your travel dates, pay for the approval letter and then pay your stamp duty on arrival at one of the three international airports in Vietnam.