How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Boarding to Vietnam! All the process for our Vietnam tourist visa was done online, easy and fast!

Vietnam has been on our travel list for a long time, and finally, we managed to organize one month trip around the country. Different from  the countries we visited in this two years travelling the world, in Vietnam we need to apply for the tourist visa in advance. So our first post about this trip it’s a very informative and practical one: How to get the online Vietnam tourist visa, or also called Vietnam Visa On Arrival.

First of all, do you need a tourist visa for Vietnam? Not sure? So check on the Vietnam Embassy website on your country, there are few nationalities that don’t need to apply for the Vietnam tourist visa and can receive the immigration stamp for free. We are not the lucky ones, we have Brazilian passport so we need to apply for the Vietnamese tourist visa and pay for the process.

If you are on the same boat as us, there are a few things you must know before getting your Vietnamese Visa. You can apply for a tourist visa at a Vietnamese Embassy, or you can do the process for the Vietnam tourist visa online and get the VOA [Vietnam Visa On Arrival]. This type of visa is only issued if you gonna arrive in Vietnam by air, if you are planning to cross the border by bus it’s a different story, you must get the visa via the embassy.

How to apply for Vietnam Tourist Visa or Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

To apply for the Vietnam visa online you need to a find a trustworthy online company that will handle the paperwork and give you all the information and forms needed for the process. We choose Vietnam-visa.com and the process was really easy and smooth.

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To get the Vietnam tourist visa on arrival you must apply online to start the process.

» 1º Step to apply for the Vietnamese Tourist Visa:

You have to fill the form online and pay the tourist visa application fee. The online form must have all your personal details, your travel dates, the duration of your trip and if you are applying for Vietnam online visa single entry or multiple entries. Then the company will send your details to the Vietnam Immigration Department, they will issue a letter confirming that you are travelling to Vietnam and that your visa on arrival process is open.

The Vietnam tourist visa application form you must have to get the Vietnam visa on arrival.

»2 º Step to get the Vietnam Visa on Arrival:

Vietnam-Visa.com will send to you another form that you must print and fill by hand, also the copy of the immigration letter. With these two documents and your passport, you can fly to Vietnam. Keep these documents on your hand luggage, some airlines will check your tourist visa application before boarding the plane.

» 3º Step of how to get the Vietnam Tourist Visa:

When you arrive at the airport you must find the Landing Visa signal. At Ho Chi Minh airport is very easy to find it, follow the signs and you will see the counter and seats just beside the passport control.

To get the Vietnam Tourist visa on arrival you must follow the signs to the Landing Visa area.

At the Landing Visa counter, you will give them the form filled by you, the letter from Vietnam-visa.com and two passport photos. They will get your documents and ask you to wait. Take a seat and wait until the officer call your name. We landed in Ho Chi Minh around 5:30pm, there was a small queue at the Landing Visa counter and we waited about 40 minutes to finish the visa on arrival process.

When the immigration officer  gives back  your passport with the Vietnam tourist visa stuck on it, you have to pay the visa fee. After that you are free to pass by the passport control and receive the welcoming stamp.

We got it! Our Vietnam Tourist Visa, super easy process that you can do online.

How much is the online application for the Vietnam Tourist Visa on Arrival?

To get the Vietnamese visa on arrival you have to pay two fees. The first one is paid to the company, in our case Vietnam-visa.com.  The payment is online, and you could pay via credit card, PayPal and even Western Union.

There are a few companies processing the visas for Vietnam, and the price can vary among them. I would suggest you not to choose the company based only on the price, choose one that you heard positive reviews. Be smart and avoid online scams. Your travel to Vietnam depends on the visa, so make sure you choose the right company to start your trip hassle free.

Then the second fee you pay is for the Vietnam Tourist Visa itself, 25 usd in cash straight to the Immigration officer.  Very easy! Ahhh, don’t forget your passport photos,  otherwise they will take the photos and you will be charged an extra amount for it.

The visa online is easier than the visa you get from the Vietnam Embassy?

We never did the process to get the visa for Vietnam via an Embassy, but based on our researches, we figured out that the process for Vietnamese visa on arrival is easier and faster than via Embassy.

  • You don’t need to give or send your passport to anywhere.
  • You don’t need to wait for the embassy, and  for the post office  to process your documents and deliver them.
  • What you pay  for the Vietnam visa online is almost the same you would pay for Vietnam Embassy. Some cases, like in Brasil, the online Vietnamese visa application is cheaper than doing via embassy. 
  • The application for Vietnam tourist visa on arrival takes about 2 working days. And the Vietnam visa you get through the online process have the same rights, conditions and limitations as the visa issued by the Vietnam Embassy.
Would we recommend to do the Vietnam Tourist Visa on Arrival process and the services of Vietnam-visa.com?

Sure! The online process was very easy and fast. Vietnam-visa.com gave us a quick reply, all our documents and letter were correct, and we had no problem when we arrived at the immigration office in the airport. Also they gave us all the information about how to find the Landing Visa counter, that might be a queue there and we would  have to wait. Very clear and straightforward information.

Apart from the time we had to wait everything was super easy and smooth!!!

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An easy guide to get the Vietnam tourist visa on arrival. All the visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa.

Are you planning a trip to Vietnam? Have you applied for the Vietnam tourist visa on arrival? Click here and start your online process right now, or if you have any doubts leave a comment, we are more than happy to help! Also, don’t forget to check our post about Vietnam:

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PS: This post was written in partnership with Vietnam-visa.com, and as usual you receive our honest option. 

30 Comments

  1. You have done well in describing the fairly tedious process of acquiring visa to enter Vietnam. I agree that the online visa process is much easier and less time consuming that visiting a Vietnam consulate near your place of residency. Following your steps above will help simplify the process for travellers.

    Thanks for pulling all this together and hope you enjoyed your time in HCMC and the rest of Vietnam.

    1. Hi Sara,
      That´s true, travelling nowadays is so easy that sometimes we forgot to check if we need visa in advance or not. But the process online for Vietnam visa is so easy and fast that surprised me!
      Happy Travels,
      Nat

  2. Very useful information! I’ll share this post with a couple of friends who are getting married on June and are planning a viet honeymoon: not sure if they’ve settle everything with visa, so maybe that’s precious for them!

  3. Great info. I had no idea you could do the Vietnam visa on-arrival. We went the embassy route when we traveled to Vietnam which does take a while. Also, physically mailing a passport always makes me nervous! That is one document you do not want to get lost in the post. The on-arrival visa seems like the best route next time we fly into Vietnam.
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    1. Hi Julie!!
      I´m with you, I hate to mail my passport, always feel something bad will gonna happen with it. Especially now that we are full time travelling, no way we can send our passport to the Embassy and stay in a different country without proper document. The process for the visa online was the best solution ever.
      Cheers and happy travels!
      Nat

  4. Great advice – I’m from Australia, so we also need to arrange a visa for visiting Vietnam. I would definitely be organizing mine beforehand, though I do have friends who have taken an official letter with them and received it on arrival. I think I would rather be prepared in advance though. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    1. You are right Meg, travel with all your documents organize and the visa process open it´s easier and safer.
      You never know how it will be at the immigration desk, the officer might not accept your letter, or get in doubt about the document authenticity. I wouldn’t take the risk!
      Cheers,
      Nat

  5. I hate wasting time with visas. Fortunately, most of the places I’ve travelled either don’t require a visa at all or the process of getting one is fairly easy.

    This seems like a good alternative for those more bureaucratic ones. Great summary os what’s needed and how it works!
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    1. Thanks Hugo!!
      Before our trip to Vietnam I was worried about how would be the process and the bureaucracy, but turned out to be fairly easy and fast. I totally recommend the visa online for Vietnam, specially for people like us, that hate to waste time and energy.
      Cheers and all the best!
      Nat

  6. I used a different service that’s basically the same (now they send me discount emails every month or so). It was so easy, but it was weird to see someone else’s name along with mine on the form they sent me–they just apply for the visa for multiple people at once, so not really a problem. Very cool that you can apply for a 3-month, multiple entry visa as well.

    1. Hey Matt,
      It´s very weird to see other people´s name on the same letter, but that´s how it works. I was in doubt about it, but the visa company explained us that is normal. The multiple entry visa is very handy for people how want to travel in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos without a problem to cross the border.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Nat

  7. This is a smooth process when you go the online route, and your explanation is excellent. I recall the application process like it was yesterday Natalie. Except it was 3 years ago 😉 Piece of cake really. Wifey did the online legwork, we flew into HCM City and visited the counter. Money changed hands. We nabbed the little stamp/big stamp and visa that takes up a whole page. Thanks for sharing the breakdown 🙂
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    1. Hi Ryan!!
      So cool that you visit Vietnam 3 years ago, I bet it was a bit different from nowadays. What a crazy country! Ho Chi Minh is so raw, wowww! The visa stamp didn’t change, it still take the whole page of our passport! Thanks for stopping by!
      All the best,
      Nat

  8. I carry a Philippine passport and I have never had to worry about getting a visa for Vietnam but I have had my fair share of visa acquirement stories and blog posts like this one have helped me a great deal. Hope you guys thoroughly enjoyed it there! Vegetables are always fresh!

    1. Hey Trisha!!
      You are right, the veggies in Vietnam are fresh and delicious, can get enough of the morning glory stir fried with garlic, yummy!!
      I can imagine that Filipino passport need visa for many countries, as our Brazilian one, but it´s ok we can handle all the bureaucracy!
      Cheers and happy travels sweet!
      Nat

    1. That´s true Ria, the immigration office can get packed of travellers with many planes arrive in the same time. But even though, I think the wait is worth, I rather wait few hours there, than post my passport to the Embassy and wait for weeks to get the visa!
      Cheers!
      Nat

  9. Great post guys, really useful. I wish it had been around a few years back when I first went to Hanoi. I was really anxious about using the VOA and the Internet, but it worked a treat. Been to Hanoi three times and it’s worked perfectly every trip. Have fun in Vietnam! Simply awesome country.

  10. Hello! Thanks so much for your comprehensive post, I’m surprised how difficult it is to find clear, reliable info about vietnam visas! Have you heard about the spike in prices for US citizens? I understand that in August of this year 1 month and 6 month visas are no longer available for US citizens and that the price for a multi entry one year visa is a cumulative 160$. I’d love for all the info I read about this change to be incorrect. Curious if you’ve heard the rumors or if you stay up to date on any of that:) Thanks!

    1. Hi Katelyn,
      Visas are always a confusing process, especially because the government changes the rules without announcing and depending on which passport you have the rules can be totally different. I double check the information for US citizen to apply for Vietnam Visa and found out that as from September the rules are:
      “As updated from September 2016, all US travelers to Vietnam must obtain 1-YEAR MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA. There is no other option for them then. As a holder of US passport, you now have two ways to obtain a visa for Vietnam: either obtain it at Vietnamese embassy (in either United States or a third country) or apply online for a visa on arrival.”

      Note that the Visa On Arrival works only for air travel, and you must arrive in Vietnam through the selected airports: Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi city), Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City city), Cam Ranh Airport (Nha Trang city) and Da Nang Airport (Da Nang city). The cost of the Visa On Arrival for US citizens is 35 USD per person for 1 Year Multiple Entry Visa.

      This is the latest info I got 🙂

      Cheers,
      Nat

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