The processing time for tourist visa application normally takes four (4) to ten (10) working days. The fee varies from Embassy to Embassy; For example, about $50US in Bangkok, and $85US in Washington. Visa application forms are available at the Embassy/Consulate in your current area. You can get one by directly visiting the Embassy/Consulate and pick it up by yourself. Or, you may download it from the internet, fill it out and send by mail carrier with a stamped, self-addressed pre-paid return envelope to the Visa section – Vietnam Embassy/Consulate there. Request by email is NOT highly suggested.
Option 2: Apply for Vietnam visa online (Vietnam visa on arrival )
For visa picked up at arrival airport (visa on arrival), applicants can go online and get it via email after 1 or 2 days. The processing time for tourist visa and business visa via online service takes 1 – 2 working days (to get the visa approval letter). Applicants would pay two fees: Service fee and Stamping Fee.
+ Service Fee: paid to travel agencies full in advance to get your visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department
+ Stamping Fee:paid directly to Immigration Officers in cash (in USD or VND) at Immigration Check-point Desk/Counter at Vietnam airports to get your visa stamped onto your passport. It is USD 25 for single entry and USD 50 for multiple entry visa.