Vietnam has quickly become one of the most famous travel destinations in the world and it’s not hard to see why so many people love it. It’s the perfect tropical getaway for those who wants good weather, great food and fantastic landscapes. Vietnam is also one of the most affordable countries to travel around in if you’re in Asia. Whether you’re on a tight budget or you don’t mind splurging, Vietnam is the perfect place to go for those looking for an adventure.
Most people tend to go from either north to south, or the other way around. This way, you’ll get to experience the most of what this Southeast Asian country has to offer. The north offers some incredible landscapes such as Sapa, a small town nestled in the mountains where you get to meet the ethnic minorities of Vietnam. There’s also the famous Halong Bay in the north, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can cruise around thousands of limestone islands and islets that’s risen up from the sea. Head further south and you can visit the Ancient Town in Hoi An, one of the most famous places in Vietnam, thanks to its exquisite beauty and charm. Once you’ve worked your way all down south, make sure to pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest city, where you can shop til you drop. There’s plenty of other places to visit in between so make sure you have lots of time in Vietnam.
Every US American citizens are required to apply for a Vietnam visa before arriving to the country. But don’t fret, getting a visa has never been as easy as it is now! You can opt for an e-visa (30 days, single) or apply online for pre-approval then pick up the visa on arrival at the airport or get it via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate, depending on how you intend on arriving to the country. Read on to find out more about the two visa options.
1. Electronic visa or Vietnam E-visa for for the US American Citizens
From 01 Feb 2019, under Decision 17/2019/NĐ-CP of the Government of Vietnam, citizens of the US America are eligible to apply online for an e-visa of Vietnam online (e-visa is a single entry valid for staying 30 days).
US American passport holders, who want to visit Vietnam for less than 30 days for a single trip, can apply online for an e-visa directly at the government website https://evisa.immigration.gov.vn(please note that the fee is non-refundable if you apply your e-visa at the government website).
If you want to secure your e-visa with refundable policy (100% satisfied or get back your money) you can apply your e-visa through our easy form application (filling your entry date, entry and exit port of arrival then submit your passport copy online) then we will take care the rest of procedure to get your e-visa on time as promise.
Note : if you want to visit Vietnam for multiple times in one month or want to visit Vietnam for more than one month, please choose options below :
2. Visa on Arrival – Apply online for pre-approval then pick up 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 US (America)
The reason why applying for a visa with the Consulate or Embassy of Vietnam in the US (America) 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.