Right in the start of 2017, the newest form of visa, E-Visa (Electronic Visa) is expected to launch officially in Vietnam. E-visa promises even more effectiveness and convenience for travelers when applying for a Vietnam visa.
Traditionally, visa applicants have to come in person or send mail to a Vietnam embassy to fill form, pay fee and wait for at least 3 days to receive the visa. With VOA (visa on arrival) a lot of work has been reduced for applicants. You don’t have to come to embassies or pay the money you can’t get back if the application fails. The VOA agent which is based in Vietnam will send you an “approval letter” to enter the country and get real visa stamp at the airport. However, the only inconvenience left with VOA is the long wait and queue at the Visa on Arrival counter. After a long flight, some tourists find it extremely exhausting process.
Now with E-visa, you don’t have to apply through any agent to get the approval. With this evolution, travelers are able to apply, pay fee and receive visa directly from Vietnamese authority through an online portal site (https://visa.mofa.gov.vn). E-visa is expected to make the entry into Vietnam even easier and less costly.
The whole process now entirely is implemented online. Applicants must have a passport with at least six-month validity. Processing time is 3 days, after paying fee, if your application is approved, the visa will be sent to your email in PDF file. At airport, show these documents to enter the country:
- The printed visa.
- Your travel/business schedule in Vietnam.
- A copy of invitation letter for the purpose of visit*
- Health insurance during your trip in Vietnam.
Vietnamese authorities which are eligible to grant visas:
- Administration of Immigration
- Consular Department
- Foreign Service
- Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Service fee for processing e-visa will be paid through bank transfer and non-refundable in case of failure. The stay duration validity for e-visa applicants is 30 days.
*We aren’t sure yet about the nature of the “invitation letter for the purpose of visit” and how to achieve this paper. Information on this document will be updated in a more detailed article about E-visa to Vietnam.