Travelling to Vietnam is now even easier as you can get a visa on arrival. What you need to do is to contact one of the online agencies which can provide you with an approval letter. This is a much easier way than going to an embassy and waiting for weeks for your visa. Plus it is much cheaper.
Vietnam Visa on Arrival
So, as I said if you decide to get your visa on arrival, you will need an approval letter. We got ours from Vietnam-Viza. For USD 10 per person you get your visa within 2 business days sent to your e-mail.
If you want you can pay additional USD 8 to have a confidential letter which means your letter will include only your data and will be sent only to you. If you are travelling with other people you can have the group confidential letter for USD 10. Otherwise you will have an approval letter prepared for many people you don’t know who will also be able to see your passport information. We paid for the confidential version and had the approval letter sent to our e-mails within 2 business days.
I saw there was a discount option on the website and asked for a code which to put on my blog. They were really kind to provide me with one so you can take advantage of it.
25% Discount code:
Visa at the airport
Next step was to get our visa once we are at the airport. The required documents for the visa are:
- Printed approval letter
- Photo (the size of the photo is not so important as nobody was so strict about it when we got our visas, but if you want to make sure everything goes smoothly then take a 4×6 cm photo.
- 20 USD for the visa fee
- Passport with one blank page and at least 6 months validity
- Filled in application form (you can also fill it in upon arrival, but this will slow you down, so a filled in form will guarantee that you will be one of the first to get the visa and avoid queuing for 30min-1h) Here you can download and print the form.
Some country’s citizens do not require a travel visa
Citizens of some Asian and European countries don’t require a tourist visa. You can find a list of the countries I was able to find online below. Still, if your country is in the list below, double check with the Vietnamese embassy in your country.
Passport holders from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Laos are exempted from Vietnam visa within 30 days visit. The Philippines are exempted within 21 days visit. Brunei are exempted within 14 days visit. Passport holders from Korea, Japan, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland are exempted from Vietnam visa within 15 days visit.