Are you planning your next trip through Southeast Asia? For many American tourists, Vietnam ranks high for its low cost of living, island escapes, and amazing food. However, staying up to date on the visa requirements and what you’ll need to do with your US passport before you fly is always a good idea. Entering Vietnam as a tourist means knowing about the visa applications, the e-visa website, and the location of the closest consulate. Understanding these requirements may be necessary to starting your travels to Vietnam.
How to get a visa for Vietnam quickly
Travel Visa Pro has been helping US citizens get visas to different countries and facilitate their passport applications for over ten years. With dozens of pick up and drop off locations across the country as well as nine staffed offices in major cities, TVP is well positioned to assist you with your travels to Vietnam. Whether you need help filling out the e-visa application online or ensuring any paperwork submitted to a Vietnamese consulate is returned quickly, Travel Visa Pro will help make it happen.
Vietnam Visa Requirements for US Citizens
Any US citizen may visit Vietnam with a passport valid for at least six months and containing two blank pages for visas. Both single- and multiple-entry visas are available for Americans looking to visit the Southeast Asian country for a year or less, but e-visas are the latest option for short-term stays.
Standard visas, which must be processed in person at a Vietnamese consulate or mailed in, start at $80 for a one-month single-entry visa and go all the way to $190 for a one-year multiple-entry visa. On the other hand, e-visas are available for only $25 and good for one month as a tourist in Vietnam.
Similarly, visas on arrival cost $25 for one month’s stay, but these cannot be processed in Vietnam without obtaining prior approval from a designated travel agency. US citizens who haven’t made these arrangements may be denied entry.
Four different methods to get a visa for Vietnam
1. Apply at a consular office
US citizens can bring their current passport, a completed visa application form – be sure to get in touch with Travel Visa Pro if you need help with that! – a passport sized photo, and payment in the form of a money order or cashier’s check to the Vietnamese consulate in their jurisdiction. Applications submitted in person can be processed in 2-3 business days, or under 24 hours for expedited processing ($30 fee).
2. By mail
All the aforementioned documents can also be mailed to the closest consulate (please don’t mail your passport outside the country). If you need your completed visa mailed back to you, be sure to bring a prepaid addressed envelope.
3. Using the new e-visa
Online e-visas to Vietnam have been in effect since 2017, and are valid for up to one month of travel in the country. The online application requires a scan of the information page of your passport, a current photo, and a declaration of your religious beliefs.
4. Visas on arrival
Visas on arrival are most convenient for travelers planning group tours or trips through a travel agency authorized by the Vietnamese government to grant said visas. In general, these visas are most common for those arriving at major airports – if you’re planning on visiting Vietnam by land, be sure to check with travel agency to see if the checkpoint issues visas on arrival.
What if you are planning on a land border crossing?
There are certain nuances to doing any land border crossings, especially for countries in Southeast Asia. Vietnamese visas actually come in two physical forms: adhesive stickers and loose-leaf papers. Anyone planning on traveling to Laos after visiting Vietnam needs an adhesive visa in their passport. Loose-leaf visas are appropriate for all other situations.
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