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Urgent notice on Vietnam visa during Tet holiday 2020

Vietnam Lunar New Year (Tet Festival) is the most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. The dates of Tet Festival varies from year to year but mostly falls in late January to February. For the year of 2020, it happens between January 23, 2020 and January 29, 2020.

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Tet is the biggest holiday of Vietnamese families

Tet is the celebration of Vietnamese New Year, the country’s biggest holiday and their first day of the spring. Tet is an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions, to hope for a better upcoming year. During Tet, many foreign tourist arrives in Vietnam to enjoy many customs practiced such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year, ancestral worship, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people and opening a shop. If you intend to travel Vietnam these days you should read the instruction on Vietnam visa below to avoid any inconvenience and cost of visa mistake:

1. Does Vietnam visa counter open during Tet?

Yes, the visa counter at arrival airport opens 24 hours x 7 days, even at weekend or holidays to issue entry visa for foreigners. You don't worry about this. However, the number of people use visa on arrival at the holidays is much higher than the normal days. If you don't want to waste your time standing in line in front of visa counter, you should order the visa fast track service to skip this lenghty process.

2. Is the e-visa system working online by Tet?

The e-visa system still open to receive your visa request, however you can not get e-visa during Tet holiday. The Vietnam Immigration Department will back to work on January 29, 2020 thus all the e-visa will be delivered within 3 working days afterwards (propose to send to your email by February 3, 2020 as the earliest).

3. What can I do if I need an entry visa by these days?

There is only option that will help you to get an entry visa during Tet holiday, it is visa on arrival service. In order to apply for an emergency visa on arrival, you need to follow the instruction below:

Step 1: Go online at to complete the online application form (remember to select the 'Overtime service')

Step 2: Make a payment with your credit card or PayPal

Step 3: Receive visa approval letter sent to your email within 4 - 6 hours

Step 4: Print out the letter of approval, bring along with passport, photo, stamping fee to get on the plane. Upon arrival, you present all the document, pay the stamping fee and receive a visa onto your passport.

Overtime service provided by the Vietnam Immigration Department during Tet holidays ensure continuous and smooth entry of foreign visitors.

4. I don't receive e-visa before Tet holiday, what should I do?

You should write an email to the Vietnam Immigration Department given on the visa portal to provide the visa application code. However, this option is not really helpful since the Vietnam Immigration Department focus on working in person, not by telephone or email.

If you still don't receive any information from the immigration department, you should immediately change to applying visa on arrival instead. Visa on arrival is designated to save you in such a situation.

5. I got an error on my e-visa, can I still use it?

No, you can not. Your information on e-visa must be totally the same as it displays on your passport. If there is any error such as wrong date of birth information, spelling mistake in full name... your e-visa will not be valid. You will need to apply for new e-visa (if you got enough time) or apply for visa on arrival instead.

6. Can I apply for 3 months visa on arrival on Tet holiday?

No, there is only 30 days, single entry tourist visa on arrival is available during Tet holiday. The 3 months visa and business visa will be processed when the Vietnam Immigration Department reopens.

7. I am US passport holders, can I enter Vietnam and pickup visa on arrival by Tet?

Yes, United States passport holders can apply for visa on arrival and pickup visa at international airport in Vietnam. However, you remember to apply for visa before your departure to receive an approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department. If you don't have a visa approval letter, you can not get on the plane and of course, can not receive a visa upon arrival.

Please note that visa approval letter is required for obtaining Vietnam visa upon arrival, even for a powerful passport like United States of America.


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