The differences between e-visa and traditional Vietnam visa application

Vietnam e-visa provided by (known as visa on arrival or online visa or landing visa) is a kind of electronic visa has put into use for nearly 10 years while traditional Vietnam embassies visa has been worked for decades. There are some differences between 2 types of visa that the foreigner might learn before making a trip to Vietnam.

Applicable applicants


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Who is applicable? People arrives Vietnam by air, getting visa at the Vietnam International Airports People travels Vietnam by any means of transport: by air, bus, train or cruise ship


Submit visa application


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Required documents Applicants don’t have to provide any documents, just filling in the secured application form with visa information as required. Applicants must provide an original valid passport and application form with signatures and a photo glued on it
How to submit? All has been done online totally Can be applied in person or by post
Fees – Processing fee: paid to us for visa approval
– Stamping fee: paid to Vietnam Immigration Counter at the airport for visa stamped
– Fee for visa stamp (including processing fee and stamping fee)
– Some additional fee: fee for visa arrangement, shipping, postal delivery, transporting and parking fees
Processing time – Maximum 2 working days. In emergency situations, visa approval letter can be delivered in 1 or 2 hours – From 5 to 7 working days for normal processing visa or 1 day for urgent one.


Getting visa stamped


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Where it made? Visa stamped on the passport at arrival airports in Vietnam Visa stamped on the passport at the Vietnam Embassy
When it done? When you are arriving in Vietnam airports As soon as your visa application reviewed and approved by the Vietnam Embassy
How it work? Present the approval letter, original valid passport, 2 photos and pay the stamping fee to the Vietnam Immigration Counter at the airport A visa has been stamped on the passport when it is returned to applicants


Advantages and disadvantages


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Advantages – No need to send off the passport or any documents
– All has been performed online
– No hidden charge paid to the Vietnam Embassy staffs
– Can be approved for entry in a short time, most useful for emergency situations
– Best for those who is living far from the Vietnamese Embassy
– Having a ready visa stamped on the passport
Disadvantages – Wait for visa stamped in queue at the Vietnamese International Airports
– The applicants couldn’t apply for a visa by themselves but having to use the services of Vietnam visa agency who will work with the Vietnam Immigration Department on behalf
– Original passport must be sent off and hold by the Vietnam Embassy during your visa being processed
– Applicants those living far from the Vietnam Embassy have to drive a long route to visit the nearest embassy or send documents by post.

Conclusion: Vietnam visa on arrival has just been put into use for a short time but it gives many advantages which help the travellers getting a visa easily in very short time. If you don’t have much time waiting for visa approved by the Vietnam Embassy, visa on arrival is really your best solution.

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