Traveling to Vietnam at this time of year is always a welcome escape to winter in the US. As excited as you may be for your first trip to Southeast Asia, it’s important to keep in mind you’ll still need to go through the proper channels to apply for and receive a visa. Vietnam just recently started offering e-visas for US citizens, but you may find that applying in advance at an embassy or consulate or preparing for a visa on arrival is the best option for you.
Getting a visa to Vietnam quickly
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How much is a visa to Vietnam?
A variety of visas to Vietnam are available to US citizens, though there are restrictions as to which visa you may apply for from an embassy or consulate, on arrival in Vietnam, and through the online e-visa program. The relatively new e-visas are a particular attractive option for Americans visiting Vietnam simply because the fees are so low when compared with those of applications in person: $25 to apply online for a single-entry, one-month tourist visa.
When applying at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, the following options for tourist and business visas are available:
Single-entry, one month $80
Single-entry, three months $110
Multiple-entry, one month $135
Multiple-entry, three months $160
Multiple-entry, six months $170
Multiple-entry, one year $190
These fees include standard processing (2-3 business days), with the option to pay an additional $30 for expedited processing (1 business day). Visas on arrival (see details below) are $25 for a one-month, single-entry visa.
Where to apply for a visa to Vietnam
If you’re planning on a short stay as a tourist in Vietnam and aren’t able to visit a consulate or embassy in advance of your trip, you can apply for an e-visa from the comfort of home. In regards to visas on arrival, these can also be arranged without a visit to a consulate; some travel agencies are authorized to write letters giving immigration the approval for a visa on arrival. However, the fees surrounding visas on arrival don’t seem to be fixed, meaning Americans entering Vietnam at smaller ports of entry run the risk of “overzealous” immigration officers when it comes time to pay.
In addition to applying online or requesting a visa on arrival, the Vietnamese government allows travelers to mail their application to the nearest embassy or consulate. Just remember to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with tracking so you can get your passport with the visa back.
Applying in person is also an option. Bring the completed Vietnam visa application form, a passport photo, your US passport valid for at least six months, and a cashier’s check or money order as payment (see above). Applications for tourist visas in person can be valid from one month up to six months.
Are there any other restrictions for US citizens getting a visa to Vietnam?
The main restriction for US citizens applying for a visa to Vietnam is simply having a valid passport, a photo, and enough funds to submit payment. Though visas on arrival are allowed through travel agencies, those who choose to try their luck and just book a flight to Hanoi may not be allowed to board, or enter Vietnam.
In addition, anyone considering visiting Laos through a land border crossing after their Vietnamese vacation should be mindful of the two different physical types of visas available: adhesive ones which cannot be removed from a passport without tearing the page, and detachable (loose leaf) ones similar to those US citizens receive in Hong Kong. Immigration officials in Laos request Americans have a detachable visa if planning on traveling by land from Vietnam.
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