In order to get visa to Vietnam, you may choose one of two options including applying Vietnam visa at Embassy (traditional way, visa picked up at Vietnam Embassies) and Vietnam Visa on arrival with (visa picked up at Vietnam International Airports). However, each option seems to be quite different in terms of applicable applicants and procedure. Now, let’s learn more details about the two options of getting Vietnam visa.

Applicable applicants

Vietnam Visa on arrival with Vietnam Visa at Embassy
Applicants Air travelers via international airports All travelers with any means of transport

Procedure for getting Vietnam visa

1. Submitting visa application

Criteria Vietnam Visa on arrival with Vietnam Visa at Embassy
Required documents
  • With You need to fill into our secured application form online
    This document is only required for getting Visa approval letter
  • Application form with signature and photo attached
  • Original passport or copy of original passport (for loose-leaf visa request)
Submitting documents
  • With You only need to submit application online via our secured network, and then we will process your visa information and submit your visa application to and do other necessary procedures on your behalf with Vietnam Immigration Department. In case of any problem, we shall revolve the problem on your behalf.

(You can submit your visa application to Vietnam Immigration Department with the help of a licensed travel agency or organization in Vietnam pursuant to Article 13, Vietnam Government’s Decree No. 92/2007/ND-CP)

  • In person or by post
  • Might use services of a travel agent or organization in submitting the visa application
  • Service fee for visa approval letter arrangement (paid to travel agency when applying visa) – published on the website
  • Stamping fee for visa stamp (paid to Vietnam Immigration Officers) – pay later in cash at airports when arriving in Vietnam

For further information, please check our Vietnam visa fee.

Tracking your application Client account provided by our website system Support via phone, chat and email Make a phone call to embassy or come in person to Vietnam Embassy to check the visa.


2. Processing time

Criteria Vietnam Visa on arrival with
Vietnam Visa at Embassy
Normal service 2 bussiness days around 5 business days
Expedited service 2 or 4 hours to 1 business day Around 1 to 2 business days
Note: Visa processing time is different from embassy to embassy, so we suggest you contact your nearest embassy for more accurate information.


3. Getting visa stamped

Criteria Vietnam Visa on arrival with
Vietnam Visa at Embassy
When When arriving in Vietnam Along with original passports from Vietnam embassies
Where At Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam At Vietnam Embassy where you have applied for visa
How Present visa approval letter with necessary documents at Immigration Counter to have visa stamped onto your passport Visa already stamped onto your passport when embassies sent the passports back


4. Pros & Cons

  Vietnam Visa on arrival with
Vietnam Visa at Embassy
  • No need to send your original passport away
  • A completely online process
  • Taking only a short time to apply for a visa on arrival online, all that’s required is a computer with internet connection
  • No dealing with immigration authorities. We deal with that on your behalf.
  • Especially convenient for those who are on a trip to different countries and have no time to apply for a visa at Vietnam embassies
  • Having visa already stamped onto your passport before getting on plane
  • Dealing directly with Vietnam embassies
  • Queuing in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam to have visa stamp
  • Possibly having names of other people on your approval letter
  • Foreigners cannot apply for visa on arrival themselves, the application must go through travel agencies in Vietnam or organizations specifically authorized by Vietnam Immigration Office
  • Parting with your original passport
  • Having to drive to nearest embassies or sending documents by mail
  • What if the nearest Vietnam embassy is too far from your place?

Visa on arrival might be very convenient for tourists, businessman especially those who are short on time to prepare for their trip or are going to Vietnam on a spontaneous decision.

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