Please note that this blog is only about Vietnam E-Visa Process. Vietnam E-Visa is different from Visa on Arrival.
Before we start writing for how you can apply for Vietnam E-visa on official government website in less than 15 minutes (yes, believe it !! ) and get final E-visa in your inbox within 3 days, we want to tell you that this blog is not related to any travel/visa agency and we are writing it only to help fellow travellers. It took us tremendous efforts to finally figure out Vietnam Visa process due to number of private Visa agencies/travel websites that have flooded internet making it difficult for us to find out right Visa process and also the official government website where you can apply for Vietnam E-Visa.
Vietnam Visa – 3 Different Ways to Get Your Visa
It is good to understand different visa processes for Vietnam and then figure out if Vietnam E-Visa is an apt option for your requirements. There are 3 ways you can get Vietnam Visa. Providing a quick summary below –
- Apply for Vietnam Visa in Your Own Country (Before Arrival to Vietnam) – Usually fees for this process is high compared to both Visa on Arrival and E-Visa processes.
- Vietnam Visa on Arrival – It includes 2 steps i) Get a Visa Approval Letter through a Private Agency ($6 to $50 – Depends on Agency and how fast you want your letter) ii) Get your Visa Stamp on Arrival in Vietnam ($25 -$50 – Depends on Single/Multi Entry Visa). Useful in case you are looking for multi-entry or >30 days Vietnam Visa.
- Vietnam E-Visa – It includes 15 minutes online application process on Vietnam Government Official Website and you get Visa in your inbox within 3 days ($25). In case you are looking for a Single entry, 30-day Tourist Visa for Vietnam, go for it without second thought.
We are covering only Vietnam E-Visa process in this blog. Though I applied Vietnam E-Visa on India Passport but process is pretty same for citizens from all 46 countries. In case, you want details about all above processes, we have written a separate detailed blog to help you. You may refer our separate blog here (WIP)
Eligible Countries for Vietnam E-Visa
In Feb 2017, Vietnam launched the E-Visa program to simplify the Visa process. Now citizens of 46 countries, including Indian Tourists, can apply for Vietnam Visa online and get their E-Visa delivered electronically within 3 days. List of countries –
1. Argentina 2. Armenia 3. Australia 4. Azerbaijan 5. Belarus 6. Bruney 7. Bulgaria 8. Canada 9. Chile 10. China (Not apply to Chinese E-passport holders) 11. Colombia 12. Cuba 13. Czech Republic 14. Denmark 15. Finland 16. France 17. Germany 18. Greece 19. Hungary 20. India 21. Ireland 22. Italy 23. Japan 24. Kazakhstan 25. Korea (South) 26. Luxembourg 27. Mongolia 28. Myanmar 29. Netherlands 30. New Zealand 31. Norway 32. Panama 33. Peru 34. Philippines 35. Poland 36. Romania 37. Russia 38. Slovakia 39. Spain 40. Sweden 41. Timor Leste 42. United Arab Emirates 43. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 44. United States of America 45. Uruguay 46. Venezuela
You can refer updated list of countries for Vietnam E-Visa here.
Vietnam E-Visa Official Government Website
One of the problem that I faced and I think most of us would have faced is to find official government website where one can apply for Vietnam E-Visa. There are so many private websites that it is hard to locate Vietnam Immigration Official Site.
https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/home or https://immigration.gov.vn/ is the official Vietnam Immigration Department website where you can find all information about Vietnam E-Visa and also apply for one. Both links direct to the same page.
How much does Vietnam E- Visa Cost?
Current e-Visa fee is 25 USD. There is an additional 0.96 USD payment fee charged by payment gateway (Payoo). So in total – 25.96 USD. This fee is standard for citizens from 46 eligible countries (including Indian Tourists)
You may check Vietnam Immigration Department E-Visa site for any updates on fee here. This is the cheapest way to get your Vietnam Visa as you directly apply on government website and there is no third party/visa agency/travel agency involved in this process who usually charge an additional fee of around $20 – $50. This is also the reason why they do not want you to know about Vietnam E-Visa Process 🙂
Vietnam E-Visa – What is covered and what is not covered?
If you are looking for i) 30 days ii) Single Entry iii) Tourist Visa and planning to enter Vietnam through one of these 28 international checkpoint Ports (including Airports, Seaports and Landports), then E-Visa is perfect for you. So it suffices for most of the people visiting Vietnam as a tourist.
Please note it will not work if you are looking for a stay longer than 30 days or multiple entry during your stay in Vietnam.
How much time does it take to get Vietnam E-Visa.
It takes only 15 minutes for you to apply for your Visa on Vietnam Immigration Department website and post that another 3 days to get your Visa through email. You need to display a print out of E-Visa and Your Passport once you land in Vietnam.
What Documents do I require for Vietnam E-Visa?
For applying your Vietnam E-Visa, you required soft copies of the following
- Portrait photo (4x6cm): Looking straight and without glasses.
- Passport data page: Full page including photo, personal information and ICAO lines.
Once you land in Vietnam, you have to present the printed E-Visa and valid passport at the checkpoint.
How to apply for Vietnam E-Visa: Step by Step Guide
Here is step by step guide for you to apply for your Vietnam E-Visa.
Step 1: Visit Vietnam Immigration Department Website and go through FAQs to understand if E-Visa fits your requirements. Once you are sure of applying for E-Visa, click on E-Visa issuance Section as highlighted below. This will direct you to Visa application page.
Step 2: On Next page, click either on Foreigner’ section or on ink ‘personally apply for E-visa’. This will direct you to Visa Application Page.
Step 3: On next page, it will list 3 steps for your Vietnam E-Visa Application. Confirm at the bottom and click Next. You do not have to provide any other detail here. It is to prepare your for the process.
Step 4: Next Page is the one where you need to upload your photograph, Passport Copy and all details. Please fill all and check correctly as you can not edit your application once submitted and E-Visa application fee is non-refundable. Also though it asks you for Entry and Exit Port, but you are free to enter and exit through any of 28 international checkpoints. Post providing all details, click on Review Your Application button and you can review all details (and also edit them again). Please recheck your email id as you will get your E-Visa over email.
Step 5: Submission of your application leads you to Payment Page and will also generate a Registration Code to track your application. In case, you do not pay now, you can also come later and complete payment using same Registration Code. Clicking on Pay e-Visa Fee leads you to Payoo Payment Gateway.
Step 6: You can pay a fee of 25 USD and an additional 0.96 USD Payment Fee on Payoo Gateway. Please note that though fee is in USD but deduction would be in Vietnamese Dong.
Step 7: You will get a confirmation for Successful E-Visa Application and you should get your Vietnam E-Visa in 3 days.
How do I check my Vietnam E-Visa Status
You can use your registration code to check the status of your Vietnam E-Visa here.
This completes your Vietnam E-Visa Process within 15 minutes directly on Government Official Website. As per communication on website, you have to wait for another 3 days to get you Visa. As of now, there is no Express Service to get your Vietnam E-Visa Faster.
Actually, I got my Visa within 1.5 working days. I had applied online on Sunday evening and I got an email from Vietnam Immigration Department at 1:42 PM Tuesday with my Visa approved. Application Status on above page changed as ‘Granted Visa’ with a link to download and print my Visa.
By clicking at down arrow sign, you can download your Vietnam E-Visa.
How does Vietnam E-Visa looks Like?
You get your Vietnam E-Visa as a simple one page PDF. It looks like this. I have deliberately deleted my personal details from the same –
Vietnam E-Visa Experience at Hanoi Airport
I will be travelling to Vietnam in December last week this year and will update my experience on Hanoi Airport. Hope E-Visa helps me move faster through Immigration Check-point without any hassle and process is as seamless as applying for one has been.
Please drop us comments below in case you need more information or want to share your experience. We would love to hear from you or guide you in case you need any assistance.