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Vietnam visa on arrival for South African citizens





So far, Vietnam has offered visa on arrival facility to 150 countries with the requirement of an approval letter for entry. In this post, we are going to guide the steps to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival on South Africa passport.

What do you need to collect visa on arrival?

  • Travel to Vietnam by air
  • Have a 6-month validity passport (if your passport is valid for less than 6 months, it is still possible to get your application approved. However, it is likely that the airlines will not let you board the plane)
  • Approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department

How to obtain visa approval letter?

Click on this link to go to the application form. Fill out the form and proceed with the payment step. (Visit here to get information about the Vietnam visa fees for South Africans), or

Send an email to [email protected] with an attachment of your passport copy and expected travel date in case you need a Vietnam business visa.

Wait 2-3 working days...


Check your email to receive the visa approval. Spare a minute to review the information on the visa to ensure all information is correct. Notify us immediately if you spot any mistakes. Please note that the visa start date is the date of the intended travel date you submit in the application, NOT the actual travel date.

How about visa stamping procedure at the airport?

The letter is accepted at every Vietnamese international airport. It is possible to change the arrival airport at the last minute without making any effect on the visa validity.

Documents required:

  • Origin passport
  • Visa approval letter (copy)
  • A passport-sized photo (white background)
  • Stamping fee (cash, VND or USD)
  • Entry/Exit form (will be sent along with the visa approval via email)

You are instructed to place the documents at the landing visa window and wait till your name to be called. The process often takes about 10 minutes.


Hopefully, our post clears up all the concerns you have in mind. For any questions about Vietnam visa on arrival for South African citizens, kindly feel free to contact us for help.


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