Traveling to Vietnam is suitable for everyone, whether you’re a backpacker looking for a country with a low cost of living or a business traveler trying to set up a new office in Hanoi. Whatever the case, you’ll need the proper visa in your passport before venturing out to Southeast Asia. Since 2017, the Vietnamese government has been offering e-visas for US citizens traveling to their country, but you may find that preparing everything for a visa on arrival or applying in advance at a consulate is the best choice for you.
Travel Visa Pro facilitates visas to Vietnam
The experts at Travel Visa Pro have over forty years’ experience assisting travelers from far and wide with visa and passport applications. Based in nine different offices across the US, our staff are well versed in visas to Vietnam and can work with you to see which one best fits your needs. We’ll keep you updated on your applications and process them quickly at a local consulate. If there’s one visa and passport agency that can ensure your application will be processed with time to spare, it’s Travel Visa Pro.
Vietnam visa costs and fees for US citizens
When applying for a tourist or business visa at a Vietnamese consulate, the following options are available:
Multiple-entry, one year $190
Multiple-entry, six months $170
Multiple-entry, three months $160
Multiple-entry, one month $135
Single-entry, three months $110
Single-entry, one month $80
Standard processing time for these visas is 2-3 business days, though expedited processing is available for an additional $30 fee in one business day.
However, the e-visa costs undercut applying at a consulate: it’s only $25 to apply for a single-entry tourist visa online, with a small transaction fee under $1. These are valid for only one month and cannot be extended in Vietnam, while that option may be available for Americans who apply in advance at a consulate. In addition, visas on arrival valid for one month can be arranged through some travel agencies for a $25 fee.
Which application method is best for you?
E-visas are available for travel to Vietnam, as are mail-in applications to the consulate in your jurisdiction. Just remember to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with tracking so your passport will be returned promptly. Both methods may be completed from the comfort of home, but is either really what you need in a visa?
As of this writing, it’s not possible to apply for a multiple-entry visa to Vietnam online, meaning should you need to bounce between countries in Southeast Asia or just want to stay for longer than one month, applying in person at a consulate is more beneficial. Bring a 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 to cover the fees (see “Vietnam visa costs and fees for US citizens” above).
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 US citizens entering Vietnam at smaller ports of entry (e.g. land border crossings with Cambodia) run the risk of encountering “overzealous” immigration officers when it comes time to pay.
Is there anything else US citizens getting a visa to Vietnam should be aware of?
Though the e-visa program is often more convenient than applying for a visa at a consulate, there are sections on the application Americans may find questionable, specifically the government requesting you identify your religion. You’ll also be asked to send a scan of the information page of your passport.
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. Immigration officials in Laos request Americans have a detachable visa if planning on traveling by land from Vietnam.