Regular Visa vs Electronic Visa

To apply for a regular visa, you had to obtain a letter of approval from Vietnam and receive a visa upon arrival, while an e-Visa is applied for online. You do not have to submit a passport or any other documents in-person. You also need to wait for some weeks to get a Vietnam regular visa as opposed to a few days to get a Vietnam e-visa.

The Vietnam e-visa is given to travelers who are traveling to Vietnam for transit, tourism, or business purposes. Travelers visiting for transit purpose need to apply for a Vietnam transit e-visa. The traveler visiting for tourism purpose need to apply for a Vietnam tourist e-visa, while the traveler visiting for business reasons has to apply for the Vietnam business e-Visa.

You can apply for a regular Vietnam visa by going to the Vietnam embassy in your home country. You have to submit all the necessary documents for the regular visa. The advantage of a regular Vietnam visa is that it is valid for a longer period compared to a Vietnam e-visa. The disadvantage is that it takes a longer period to process. You need to schedule an appointment before you get to the Vietnam consulate to get this visa.

When applying online, attach a scanned copy of the passport and a photo ID (less than 1 MB). Put your first names in the order of the passport, then your last name. You must indicate the city of entry into the country because the visa is only valid at this border post. Secure payment is made online using a bank card.

The new Vietnam electronic visa is now available for nationals of 46 countries:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Luxembourg
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • East Timor
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela.

How and where to apply for a regular Vietnam visa?

If you cannot apply for a Vietnam e-Visa, you can apply for a regular Vietnam visa from a Vietnam embassy in your home country.

The Vietnam government grants regular visa to citizens of most European countries. You have to fill and submit the regular visa application form to a Vietnam embassy in your home country, along with other documents.

Alternatively, you can get a Vietnam visa via a visa processing center if you cannot appear at a Vietnam embassy in-person. You will be required to fill your application form online, on the visa processing center’s website. You will also need to mail in your application and necessary documents. You will need a passport that has a validity of at least six months and has two blank pages, a passport-sized photograph, and information of your itinerary. Proof of residential address and copies of flight tickets may also be required.

What are the conditions to be eligible for the Vietnam electronic visa?

The eligibility conditions are as follow when you opt for a Vietnam e-visa:

  • It is granted to travelers who want to visit relatives and friends, transit, recreational activities, or short term business visit.
  • The passport must be valid for six months or more from the date of the visa application.
  • The passport must have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Vietnam Immigration Authorities.

The following documents are needed when applying for an e-visa:

  • A passport with validity not at least six months.
  • Digital Passport photographs.

You may be required to produce the following documents on your arrival:

  • The printed copy of your Vietnam e-visa.
  • A passport with a validity of not less than six months.
  • Invitation letter if any
  • Medical/health insurance cover for the duration of stay.

These are the common documents that the immigration officers at the airport may ask you to present on arrival. However, some officials may request additional documents as well.