As a traveler, you really engage in travelling, so the next country you are planning to visit in the Southeast Asia is Vietnam – a country with a long history and unique culture. To embrace the natural beauty of Vietnam, you have to issue a Tourist Visa if not included in Visa Waiver Countries. This type of visa coded as DL is granted for those who visit Vietnam for Tourism purposes during short-term about one to three months with a single or multiple entries. You have to apply for Tourist Visa prior the entry day to make sure that you prepare enough dossiers to meet the requirements of Vietnam Customs. The stages, required documents and cost are varied depends on the service you decide, so please consider carefully to decide which service is convenient and cost-effective for you. Please keep in your mind that you should not issue your flight-ticket until you receive the visa result to avoid changing your flight schedule and time-consuming. To make clear all of questions you are in trouble, let’s come across these following stages to apply for Vietnam Tourist Visa.
TWO STAGES TO APPLY FOR VIETNAM TOURIST VISA
If you're planning to get the tourist visa in Vietnam, you could apply yourself in person at Vietnamese Embassy/ Consulate or E-visa portal, or via a travel company in Vietnam. The whole procedure for the tourist visa must go through 2 stages: 1. The first stage, have a visa Approval Letter (Pre-Visa) sponsored by the travel company in Vietnam, issued by the Ministry of Public Security in advance; 2. The second stage, the applicant pick up the business visa by themselves at the overseas Embassies/ Consulates of Vietnam, or at the international border gates or at the Vietnam’s international airports.
Stage 1: Obtaining a tourist approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department
For the purposes of travel, visiting relatives, friend, the applicants are required the tourist Visa Approval Letter from the Ministry of Public Security in advance obtained by a travel company in Vietnam. The Visa Approval Letter is the legal document approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department to allow foreigners enter into Vietnam and pick up visa at the overseas Embassies or Consulates of Vietnam, or at the international border gates or at the Vietnam’s international airports.
The required documents need to provide both the applicant and Vietnam’s sponsor company
Stage 2: Stamping Vietnam Tourist Visa
You are able to get your visa stamped at the embassy or the airport or border crossing, to do this you must submit the following documents:
WHERE TO PICK UP THE TOURIST VISA
There are three options to obtain Tourist Visa for those that require it
THREE WAYS TO OBTAIN A TOURIST VISA FOR VIETNAM
All foreigners coming to Vietnam for travel, visiting relatives, friend purpose recommend to apply for a tourist visa under sponsored by a travel company in Vietnam. There are three ways of obtaining such a visa:
While there are advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these, we recommend the Visa on Arrival as the best option for the purposes of tourist, business and work considering a trip to Vietnam.
Option 1: Via Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate
You can apply for a visa through the local Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate either in person or by mail. To do this, you need to fill out and sign an application form, sending it along with your passport and a passport photo.
The advantage of applying this way is that you already have the visa stamped in your passport before leaving for Vietnam, which means you do not need to queue on arrival for your passport to get stamped.
The application process is not the most convenient, however, especially for people who do not live near a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Moreover, the fees vary depending on the Embassy or Consulate, and the processing time is longer.
Option 2: Visa on Arrival at any Vietnam’s international airports
Visa on Arrival is a viable option with various advantages. With Visa on Arrival, you can apply for longer-term and multiple-entry visas, and you do not need to go in person to the Embassy, or apply by post. You just need to submit an online application and get a pre-approval letter.
Option 3: E-Visa
Applying for an e-visa is our recommended option for tourists as it is most convenient and cost-effective. However, please note that this visa is only for visitors visiting for less than 30 days. Longer-term visitors will need to consider the other two options.
Please Note that the arrival port must be the same on the documents issued by Immigration Department. If you are to change the arrival port after receiving your E-visa, you should contact them to amend the information on the documents to avoid any issue on the ground.
As this kind of visa is very new, we suggest that visitors contact with Vietnamese Immigration Department via electronic system before processing the visa application.
OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO VIETNAM'S WORK PERMIT, VISAS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENCE CARD
For further information:
Discovery Indochina Travel Co., Ltd
5th Floor | Platinum Building | 145 Dien Bien Phu Street, District 1 | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
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