November 4, 2019
Visa On Arrival

How To Apply for Vietnam Visa on Arrival 2020

One of the types of visas that you can apply for your Vietnam trip is the Visa on Arrival. As the name suggests, this kind of visa will be issued as you arrive in the country. You can apply for this visa at the major airports of Vietnam, Please find below for update airports which you can pick up your visa on arrival.

List of International Airports of Vietnam to pick up your visa on arrival from 2020

  1. Lien Khuong International Airport (VCA) in in Da Lat city
  2. Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nang city
  3. Cat Bi International Airport (HPH) in Hai Phong city
  4. Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi city
  5. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City
  6. Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) in Nha Trang city
  7. Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) in Phu Quoc island

As of the moment, this visa on arrival program is eligible for citizens of all countries in the world. If you belong from those countries that are eligible for this visa, then here’s how to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival 2020.

What’s the Process of Applying for the Visa on Arrival?

The process of applying for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival is different from the visa that you will apply from a Vietnam embassy. With this visa on arrival program, there’s no longer a need to schedule an appointment at a Vietnam embassy near you. All you need to do is applying online to request a visa approval letter for visa on arrival then fly to Vietnam and process your visa as you arrive.

But the only thing you need to obtain ahead is the Visa Approval Letter. This visa approval letter can be requested online via a travel agent in Vietnam. Once you have this letter, just print this out and carry it on your trip. Present this letter at the Vietnam Immigration office at the airport and you will be stamped with the visa.

Take note that the visa can only be obtained from specific airports in Vietnam as mention in the list above, and thus, it’s only applicable to those who come to Vietnam on a plane. If you’re entering Vietnam through one of its land borders, then you’ll have to acquire a different visa (e-visa or embassy visa).

How to Request for the Visa Approval Letter?

So, here’s what you need to do to request the pre-approval letter that will be used in the processing of your Vietnam visa on arrival 2020. Remember that you have to request this letter online, ahead of your trip.

  • Fill Out the Form Online – first, you need to refer to the form online and fill out all the information that’s required of you. It’s important that the information you provide is accurate because this will be used in the processing of your visa.
  • Make a Payment – after double-checking the information provided on the form, proceed to the next page where you will be asked to make a payment. For this, you can use your Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal.
  • Wait for the Approval Letter – when you receive a confirmation that your payment is successful, all you need to do is to wait for an email for the approval letter. This should take around two business days from when you applied it.
  • Print the Letter – once you receive the email with your pre-approval letter, all you need to do is to download the letter and print it. You’ll also receive an entry/exit form along with the letter. Print this as well and fill out the form completely. You also need to attach your photo to it.
  • Get your Visa at the Airport – when your pre-approval letter is already sorted, all you need to do is to bring it with you in Vietnam along with the entry/exit form. Simply look for the counter that says “Vietnam Landing Office” or “Visa On Arrival Office”. This is right across the Passport Control. Provide your pre-approval letter, entry/exit form, and your passport. Wait for the officer to call you for your visa stamping. Pay for the stamping fee and your passport will be stamped with the Vietnam Visa. You are now free to enter the country.

Things to Keep In Mind

Make sure you carry enough cash to pay for the stamping fee as you arrive at the airport in Vietnam. You can pay for this in dollars. For the 1-month or 3-month single-entry visa, it will cost you $25. For the 1-month or 3-month multiple-entry visa, it will cost you $50. The 6-month multiple-entry visa will cost you $95 and $135 for the 1 year visa.

As you see, applying for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival 2020 is a very convenient option compared to applying for a visa from a Vietnam embassy.


At present, there are 4 international airports in Vietnam which accept Visa on Arrival. Thus, people who come to Vietnam by air to one of 4 international airports can pick up Vietnam Visa stamp there.