Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most thrilling and beautiful countries. The country has long stood in the shadow of its neighbor Thailand, but that’s in the past. More and more travelers from all over the world are starting to make their way to Vietnam and the country’s tourism has boomed in the past few years. Nowadays, it’s not just the backpackers who are doing the classic “Banana Pancake Trail” who are passing by Vietnam. It’s a great destination for families, friends, with your loved one, and even solo. That’s right, it’s considered one of the safest countries to travel in so if you’re thinking about doing a solo trip to Vietnam from Marshall Islands, you should definitely consider Vietnam.
So what is it that makes people come here? There’s more than one answer to that question, but imagine golden sand beaches, lush mountains, tasty food, underground caves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, charming towns, metropole cities, and much more. There’s an abundance of things to do and explore here that even if you spend months in the country, you still won’t be able to see everything. And that’s alright! Because that’s all part of the Vietnamese charm – the endless amount of things to discover.
Before you start exploring the country though, you must be sure to apply for a visa before arriving. Otherwise, the immigration officers will deny you entry. Citizens of Marshall Islands have three ways to apply for visas. They are:
1. Electronic visa or Vietnam E-Visa for citizens of Marshall Islands
The e-Visa is a single entry visa that’s valid for 30 days, from the proposed date of entry that you indicated on your application, and is issued in PDF format. Citizens of 80 countries are allowed to apply for this type of visa and Marshall Islands are one of them. The e-Visa is highly popular because everything is done online, it only takes about 3 business days to get the visa and you can enter via 28 different ports. However, if your visa is denied, you won’t get a refund. This type of visa is also non-extendable. If you want to stay in Vietnam for longer than 30 days, it might be better to get a Visa on Arrival.
2. Visa on Arrival – Apply online for pre-approval letter then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
This is the most preferred option for many travellers. If you live far away from the Vietnamese Embassy for example, or you do not want to send important documents such as your passport, this is a good option for you. It’s also easy, quick and affordable. To apply for a VOA, you need your computer and internet. If you get a Visa on Arrival, you are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 international airports: Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong. You can only travel by air if you get a VOA, meaning you can’t enter Vietnam by bus, car, and so forth.
The process is very simple. What you need to do is fill out the Online Application form with all relevant information. What you need to state in the application form is:
- Your full name, as stated in your passport
- Date of Birth – The format they use in Vietnam is DD/MM/YY
- Your nationality – as stated in your passport
- Your passport number
- Date of Arrival – you can state a date of arrival and then arrive later, but not earlier
After you have filled this information out, you have to wait for a confirmation email which usually arrives within 1-2 working hours. Normally you will receive an Approval Letter within 2 working days. When the letter comes, don’t forget to print it out so the immigration officers in Vietnam can stamp your passport. If you need an emergency visa, you can get one within 40 minutes to 4 hours. This will cost you more money, but you will be able to get it much faster.
You also have the option to buy “On Arrival Support” which is a very good option for those who wants to check in to Vietnam faster:
- Standard Support : +US$20/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, then take care of all procedures necessary to get the visa stamped on your passport. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.
- VIP Support : +US$35/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, receive your passport and give it back with the visa within 5-10 minutes, then escort you to check out via the VIP gate. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.
3. Apply for a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the nearby countries of Marshall Islands
The reason why applying for a visa with the Consulate or Embassy of Vietnam in the nearby country of Marshall Islands might not be recommended is because it’s not as convenient if you don’t live close to the embassy. It means you will have to spend time on transportation and money. You also need to remember to bring all the necessary documents, such as passport, and if you happen to forget anything, you need to start the process all over again. It’s time consuming and you usually need to pick up your passport in the embassy or consulate. Also, be kindly advised that the fees and procedures are subject to change depending on where you apply.