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What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Visa on arrival is an alternative way to obtain a visa for Vietnam in addition to the traditional way of getting a visa at Vietnam Embassy.

To apply for this kind of service, travelers neither need to travel across a long distance to the embassy nor need to send off their passport by post. The only thing they need is a device with internet access to submit an online application for a visa approval letter. This letter works as an official permission allowing you to board the flight and have visa stamped at the arrival airport in Vietnam. To get visa stamped, you need to submit your Vietnam approval letter together with your passport (at least 6 months validity), two passport-sized photos, Vietnamese visa application form and stamping fee to Immigration Officers at the airport.

What information do I need to provide to apply for my Vietnam visa approval letter?

To complete application for Vietnam visa online, applicants need to provide the following information exactly as shown in passports (as once issued, the approval letter could not be amended in any way).

  • Full name (exactly as in your passport)
  • Date of birth (DOB)
  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Proposed arrival date
  • Proposed exit date
  • Purpose of visit

For further information, please see full Vietnam visa application form.

Can I enter Vietnam earlier than my granted arrival date in the visa approval letter?

“No, you CANNOT. You are allowed to enter Vietnam later than your granted arrival date by an earlier entry is not allowed. In case you change your plan and want to enter Vietnam earlier than the granted arrival date, you are recommended to apply for a new visa approval letter.

Can I exit Vietnam later than the exit date granted in my visa approval letter?

“No, you CANNOT. You can leave Vietnam before your granted exit date by a later exit is not allowed.  In case you wish to stay longer than your visa expiry date, you are recommended to apply for a visa extension.”

Can I use Vietnam visa on arrival for my entry by land or sea?

“No, you CANNOT. As users of visa on arrival to Vietnam need to get their full visa stamped in Vietnam airport, this kind of visa is applicable to those traveling to Vietnam by AIR only. If this is your case, you are recommended to contact the most convenient Vietnam Embassy/Consulate to apply for a visa.

In case you are in Belgium, please find contact details of Vietnam Embassy in Belgium here: https://vietnamvisa.be/vietnam-embassy-in-brussels-belgium/.

What if my arrival airport changes?

Please note that there will be no problem if you change your arrival airport. Since the visa approval letter works at four international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang Airport in Danang City, Cam Ranh Airport of Khanh Hoa), you still get the visa stamped onto your passport at any of these three airport regardless of which you put in your visa application.

In case I cannot receive the visa approval letter via email, do I have any option?

Please be informed that at the moment, we have applied various options to support clients. In case you fail to receive the visa approval letter via email, you can contact us via live chat on our website or our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVisaService/ to get your visa approval letter.