Vietnam Visa is the legal document approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam. In most cases, foreigners themselves can obtain a Vietnam Visa through 3 ways: Apply in the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in their home country, Apply for a Visa on Arrival or Apply for an e-visa online. With these 3 ways citizens of many countries like Brazil, Canada, US, India,... can easily obtain Vietnam visa whether for tourist or business purpose. However, it is really difficult for citizens of Sri Lanka to obtain Vietnam Visa due to the restriction of the Vietnam Immigration Department. They cannot apply for Vietnam Visa by themselves and it takes a lot of time for the procedure. For their convenience, they need the help from an experienced agency in Vietnam to apply the Approval Letter for them in advance, then they can get the Visa stamped at the nearest Vietnamese Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka or Vietnam International Airport (in Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Nha Trang).
CITIZENS OF THE FOLLOWING 24 COUNTRIES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HOLD A VISA FOR VIETNAM
Visitors to Vietnam must obtain a visa from one of the Vietnamese Embassies/ Consulates or via agencies on arrival unless they come from one of the visa-exempting countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Note: Kindly note that the citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus are granted unilateral visa-free entry no more than 15 days, after 15 days visa exemption they must leave Vietnam for their home or another country and it takes at least 30 days since the latest exit from Vietnam to enter again without Vietnam visa.
THREE WAYS OF OBTAINING A VISA FOR VIETNAM
Most people need a visa in order to enter Vietnam, unless they are coming from one of the visa-exempt countries. 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: Visa on Arrival
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 2: Via Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Sri Lanka
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.
VIETNAMESE EMBASSY IN COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Address: No. 30/5,Ward Place,Colombo 7
Phone: 94-11-2696050 - Fax: 94-11-2692040
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 09.00 am - 12.00 pm 02.00 pm - 05.00 pm
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 if having any queries or take a look at the E-visa Frequently Asked Questions.
HOW TO APPLY A BUSINESS, WORKING OR INVESTMENT APPROVAL LETTER TO OBTAIN THE VISA AT OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE EMBASSIES/ CONSULATES OR VIETNAM’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS
For business, working or investment purposes, the applicants are required a letter of entry clearance or approval letter from the Ministry of Public Security obtained by your business partner in Vietnam. The required documents need to provide both the applicant and Vietnam’s sponsor company
The visa duration is from 1 to 12 months with single or multiple entries
Normal processing time: 5-7 working days
OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO VIETNAM'S WORK PERMIT, VISAS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENCE CARD
For further information please contact:
Discovery Indochina Travel Co., Ltd
5th Floor | Avenis Building | 145 Dien Bien Phu Street, District 1 | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Tel: 028 39102358 | 028 39102359 Mobile: 0938228856 | 0906640505
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