If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Vietnam and your country of residence requires that you obtain a visa, you may be wondering how to get a Vietnam visa on arrival. Luckily, the process is stress-free! If you’re like me, the idea of sending your passport away by mail is downright terrifying. This is why I decided to get a visa on arrival for our trip to Vietnam 2 months ago!
STEP 1: Get an Official Letter
How does it work? First, you’ll need to get an official letter which announces your arrival date, length of stay, and personal information. There are a few websites that will do the work for you and will in turn email you the official letter. I chose to use MyVietnamVisa.com. The process was easy and I received my official letter a few days after applying.
How much you pay for this service will depend on the time-length of the Vietnam visa on arrival. We were only visiting for a couple of days, to take advantage of a long weekend holiday, so we got a 30-day single-entry visa. As of November 2015, the cost is $19.99 per letter for a 30-day visa.
STEP 2: Take Visa Photos
You will also want to bring visa photos with you. You can pay a bit more and have them done at the airport, but if you want to avoid the hassle, just bring a few photos with you. You will need 2 passport size photos (4×6 cm).
STEP 3: Complete an Arrival Form
Be sure to fill out an on arrival form. You can do this at the airport, but you can also have it filled out ahead of time so you’re able to get through the process more quickly. You can print out copies here.
STEP 4: Get a Vietnam Visa on Arrival
Once you’re ready to go to Vietnam, you will print out a copy of the letter and bring it with you. You will likely have to show this at the airport that you’re flying out of in order to prove that you have the documentation needed for a visa. Once you arrive in Vietnam, you’ll head to the visa on arrival counter. We got ours at the Hanoi airport. You can also handle your visa on arrival at the Ho Chi Minh airport.
You will need to hand over your passport, passport style photos, on arrival form, official letter, and money for the fee. Currently, for U.S. residents, the fee is $45 USD for a 30 day single entry visa.
After a few minutes of waiting (depending on how many other people are there) you will be called up to receive your passport! Inside, you’ll find your visa sticker!
Luckily, if you want to get a Vietnam visa on arrival, it’s easier than you might think! We hope you enjoy your time exploring all that Vietnam has to offer!
If you’re headed to Vietnam, you may want to learn more so that you can better plan your trip. National Geographic Traveler: Vietnam is a best-seller on Amazon.